Lego fans have come up with many ways to control their Mindstorm NXT robots, but most involved using wires. But if you own an Android phone, a new app could simplify things.
The MINDroid app for Android 2.1 or higher lets you control your Mindstorms NXT robots over Bluetooth. Tilting the phone will move the robot forward, left, and right depending on the direction you tilt the phone.The action button on the screen will activate the Action monitor, where you can make the robot perform various tasks, such as gripping or pulling objects. Best of all, the app is free.
This has the potential to bring laziness to a whole new level. Did you just sit down to watch TV, but realized the remote it’s on the other side of the room? Grab your phone and fire up MINDroid, and command your robot to fetch it.
Let’s hope more smartphone and robot manufacturers catch on and create even cooler remote robotic devices for the home.
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