NeXT-Generation, over on the ROBOTC forums, posted a very cool project he’s been working on for the last two months. It’s an automated brick sorter made with a combination of Mindstorms NXT, Power Functions and Pneumatics.
The video might be long but it’s well worth watching!
Naturally, we asked him questions about his creation:
What motivated you to make this?
I wanted to build a robot that was interactive and would entertain smaller kids, and be mechanically interesting to older ones, and even adults. Here’s what happened: I planned for it to be able to “learn” where the colors were supposed to go. You could tell it if it put the brick in the right or wrong area until it learned where they all belonged. But, mechanical glitches in the construction that I didn’t have time to fix prevented that from happening. I probably would have made another console with the other NXT with the yes/no buttons, and it could make sounds and use the display to interact.
How long did it take?
Well, if you count total time it’s been built, about two months. But, now here’s the catch: I’ve really only been working on it for about one month, because I got sick twice over the last two months, so in total I was out of it for about a month. During that month I was also working on other stuff. Probably about a week was lost to messing with my Boe-Bot and Pololu 3Pi.
Do you have any plans for future improvements or modifications?
I plan to revisit the same kind of concept, but with no deadline so that I can work out any problems that come up.
What is the average air speed of a laden swallow?
The average airspeed of a laden swallow is 42.
A very cool project, indeed!