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Book Signing Saturday: Here Comes Guard-Bot and Tag-Bot!

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I recently sat down and rebuilt Guard-Bot (see below) for the book signing Saturday. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be taking this bot and Tag-Bot with me to the signing. Since I’m not going to have that much space on the table for Guard-Bot to walk around on, I’m having to figure out how the robot can walk around without falling off the table. Since I’m not demonstrating how to break a robot into a million pieces, I really don’t want any robots falling off the table. Guard-Bot is a sturdy robot, but it’s not exactly invincible. Not quite.

For the details about the book signing January 12th, click here to read a previous post. I hope to see you there!


Results of MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Did you enter the MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo competition? If so, you’ll be excited to hear that the results are in! At the MINDSTORMS website you can find all the details and some great sumo-related resources, but here are the winners:

First place: MG_Sumo by mpego

Second place: Wedge Bot by Aliator531

Third place: F-16 Bulldozer by exploud123

MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition

The MINDSTORMS NXT Winter Wonderland Building Challenge

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

The official MINDSTORMS website has announced another contest or “building challenge,” and this time the theme is winter. What kind of robot should you create for this contest? The website has this to say:

It’s January and most of the world is making snow angels or sitting by a fire to stay toasty and warm. That’s why we are looking for YOU to design a robot that would work or play in in a winter wonderland!

This can be a robot that relates to winter in any way. It can be a snow plow, a robot skier or ski lift, or even a NXT robot designed to deliver you hot cocoa.

Get building! The contest deadline is January 31st. You can read the full contest details here.

Winter Wonderland

MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition has over 100 entries!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The official MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo competition I mentioned earlier now has 109 entries! You can no longer enter sumo-bots into the competition since the deadline was December 15th, but it’ll be interesting to see the outcome. You can read the official news release here, and you can see all the entries here. The judges will select robots from the entries, build and program the robots, and then hold a sumo match.

That’s one sumo match I’d love to attend. Good luck to all the contestants!

Book Signing in Round Rock, TX

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I’ll be doing a book signing for The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide at a Barnes & Noble store here in Round Rock, Texas. The signing is scheduled for January 12th, 2008 at 2PM. I’ll be bringing two robots with me (probably Tag-Bot and Guard-Bot) to demonstrate some of the robots in the book. So if you live nearby and would like to get a signed book, see some robots, or simply talk with me about the book, come on by!

Here is the address of the Barnes & Noble location where the book signing will be held:

La Frontera Village
2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700
Round Rock, TX 78681


Deadline nearing for MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

The deadline for entering your NXT sumo-bot (or sumo-bots) in the official MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition is Saturday December 15, 2007. The MINDSTORMS website has hosted a number of contests, but I think this one is the most exciting! If you haven’t already, check out the website to find out the rules and other details; there’s also an extensive FAQ.

Can you create a winning NXT sumo-bot? It’s a tough challenge for sure. The robot will need to push and shove its way to victory!

MINDSTORMS NXT Sumo Competition