First of all, let me introduce myself: I’m Leon (aka dimastero/ dimasterooo), and I was recently invited to contribute to this blog. So as, my first post, I’d like to tell you about my new Skype-controlled LEGO Mindstorms NXT Car.
I’ve been creating websites for a while now, and I was trying to think of a way to combine it with Mindstorms NXT. This project is the result of that. The project’s webpage is fairly simple – it’s got three arrows (one forward, two to the sides), a start button, and a stop button. It’s also got instructions on it. Clicking the start arrow will begin a Skype conversation with my computer, after which you should share your screen; the NXT standing in front of my computer can then “see” the webpage with the arrows via your computer.
That’s where the cool part kicks in – when you any one of the arrows or the stop button, the page will change to a different shade of gray. This shade of gray is then picked up by the NXT, which turns it into a Bluetooth message for the other NXT on the car. The car then drives in the direction the user tells it to, while remaining within a fenced off area where the webcam can see it.
So, until January the 18th, you can drive a LEGO Mindstorms NXT car, from the comfort of your own home. To learn how and find out more about this project, click the link below: