Video: Robots and Tinkering

Here are the items I reviewed on TVNZ this morning. Click the image for the video. Item: “Klutz” Science Books Price:Various (generally $30-$40) Rating: 4 / 5 Info: If you have a budding young scientist who is perhaps a bit too junior to be holding a soldering iron, books like the Klutz range are a […]

Review: Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Back when we had two incomes, no mortgage, and no kids, I found it scarily easy to succumb to the attraction of the original Lego Robotics Invention System. It was quite the achievement at the time: two motors, a bunch of basic sensors, and a whole heap of Technics. The software was barely stable, but […]

Coming Up: Giveaways and Mindstorms

It’s been a bit ungadgety around here lately, but never fear! I’ve got some cool stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks: Reviewing the new Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. Reviewing the Arduino starter kit from Mindkits.co.nz Giving away an LG HFB-500 Bluetooth hands-free kit Noisy and fast gadgets for Fathers’ day. A […]

Microsoft Robotics Studio

Microsoft’s hobby/game development weblog Coding4Fun has just announced the release of Microsoft Robotics Studio.  Designed to work with robotics kits like the Lego Mindstorms NXT, Robotics Studio looks like a pretty powerful toolset to get your robots running. If you don’t have a robot kit but still want to play, Microsoft Robotics Studio includes a […]