October 12, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Lego Mindstorms is a series of programmable robotics toys manufactured by the well-known Lego Group in Denmark. Mindstorms come in a kit containing many pieces, including various sensors, cables and electric motors, and it’s an advanced toy for both kids and grown-ups interested in robotics. It can also be used to model plenty of real-life systems, such as elevator controllers and industrial robots.
In a press release with the entertaining headline “Do Androids Dream of Lego Mindstorms?”, Lego is announcing that the company has uploaded a free app for Android 2.x devices to the Market called MINDdroid. The application works as a real-time remote control for Mindstorms robots via Bluetooth. It sounds pretty cool to me. From the press release:
If you are the owner of a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set and have an Android smartphone and you want to have some quick and fun action with your robots, now you have the possibility to get some fun and easy play – for free!
We are happy to announce the launch of the MINDdroid application for Android (2.1 or higher) phones, that will allow you to get instant access and control to your NXT robot, and give the ability to control by the flick of a wrist!
The MINDdroid app is a remote-control application that allows you to create a wireless connection directly with your NXT, and once a connection is established, you can tilt and turn your phone to make the robot move forward, turn to the sides, and by pressing an action button on the phone’s screen, activate the Action motor. If you have a Shooterbot or other robot using two motors for motion and have a spare motor for actions, you are in for a lot of fun!
Via [Lego Mindstorms]