What are You People Doing with MindSqualls?
One of the things I enjoy is to surf the Internet and see what other people are
doing with my brainchild. Below are some choice examples. If you know of a site
I have missed, please send me a mail.
In no particular order:
Controlling your NXT with the Kinect
See Xander controlling his NXT robot via the Kinect!
MOC: Airbus A380 NXT powered Airbus A380
Ryan made this truly impressive model of an Airbus A380 and is using Mindsqualls
to remote control things like landing gear and flaps.
Efficient Robotics using the Lego NXT Platform and .Net
Rui Filipe Guedes, Luis Paulo Reis and Armando Sousa write:
This paper presents a project that intends to enable efficient implementation of
Multi-Agent systems on the Lego NXT robot commercial platform, programmable by using
the well known Microsoft .NET C# language.
Multimodal Human Robot Interaction
Mark Swaine is evaluating different interfaces to remote control a NXT robot; Nintendo
Wiimote, Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller, Web and Mobile.
Each platform sends commands to a server and the communication form the server with
the NXT is doe via MindSqualls.
Robotic Context Awareness by RFID.
Ricardo Tesoriero, José A. Gallud and Ramón Tébar Bueno has build the RCAR which
uses a grid of RFID tags to be aware of where it is.
Alcwyn Parker made Mo-b alphabot that can write text messages on paper.
NXT Gesture Control
Thomas Waadeland has attached 4 Ultrasonic sensors to his NXT and is using them
for Gesture Control. Wow … who needs a Kinect then? (just kidding)
A bit of block-to-block communication
Merlin13 has tried to send messages from one NXT brick to another. This is something
that I have not tried myself (yet), but apparently I have got the MindSqualls implantation
In his own words:
"MindSqualls rocks! NXTasy.org does, too!"
Unfortunately NXTasy.org does not exist anymore, but you can find them at MindBOARDS instead.
NXT Lego Pathfinder
Lako1986 is using MindSqualls for communicating with his robots.
The other stiff he is doing with image-recognition is pretty cool as well.
R2D2 MindStorms NXT with Windows Phone 7
Alexandros Sigaras has made an app for Windows Phone 7. He uses Mindsqualls to remote-control
his R2-D2 via Bluetooth.
( *sigh* - I really wanted to be the first to do this )
The Code Project
EdMan196 has based his article on The Code Project on my MindSqualls.
Since this is a site I often come too when I need some qualified input on some intricate
programming problem, I am flattered. :D
Eric McC., Cale S., Mark P., and Rachel F., students at the Univeristy of Washington,
"3 robots collaborate to make a feedback loop in which they create their environment
by reacting to it, according to their idiosyncratic behaviors."
They don't tell if they are running it through a single PC (i.e. if the MindSqualls
API is handling three simultaneous bluetooth connections). Should be possible, but
I've never tried it myself.
Description of the "Designing Behaviors, Art 483, Fundamentals of Interface Design"
This project was done by Leon L. and his coursemates at the University of Upsala,
"The robot's mission is to be placed into an unknown world, creating a 2D map of
the whole area."
Kevin Gabbert plans to combine his NXT robot with his iRobot. For that purpose he wants to package the MindSquals
API with his own CreateOI Framework.
Lego Defense Industries
"No, I'm not an antisocial, misanthropic individual. I just have a fascination with
the physics of flinging small bits of plastic in a controlled fashion."
Bluetooth Force-Feedback Rover
"The goal on this project was to create a simple mobile platform that could be remote-controlled
from the joystick at my desk."