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CES 2014: Building Self-Guiding Lego Robots for Fun and (Maybe) Profit (Video)

Roblimo posted about 7 months ago | from the first-comes-a-robot-then-comes-a-driverless-car-then-comes-an-android-to-replace-you-and-me dept.

Technology 8

Lauro Ojeda is a researcher at the University of Michigan who also works with a Korean company, Microinfinity, that says it works with everything "from basic sensors to full navigation systems, and is becoming the world leading navigation system company." Prof. Ojeda also has a personal website, robotnav.com, where he posts his navigation and control code (under an open source license, of course) that you are welcome to download, play with, install on any suitable device you have handy, and modify at will. A lot of his work is with Lego-based robots because they're both inexpensive and readily available almost anywhere. If you already have a good-sized Lego collection, you probably only need a few pieces to follow or even surpass Prof. Ojeda's work. And who knows? If you manage to make an autonomous Lego robot, your next stage may be a car that drives itself so you can watch SyFy reruns on your way to work instead of worrying about the truck in the left lane that looks like it's about to make a right turn.

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8 comments

Opensores (1)

AndyKron (937105) | about 7 months ago | (#45901569)

Open source license, of course. Ya, like Makerbot. Right-O. I call it "Open sores.

Rule for /. (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45901585)

If it has a video, it's an ad.

Re:Rule for /. (0)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 7 months ago | (#45902153)

If it's not about the NSA, Edward Snowden, or anything to do with American governmental overreach, then it's an ad. If it has a video, it is a long ad.

Or ( +5, Probably ) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45901719)

or recruiting for Pentagon, Inc.

Re:Or ( +5, Probably ) (1)

PPH (736903) | about 7 months ago | (#45903723)

I'm already working on it [slashdot.org] .

Next stage... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#45901729)

A LegoBot which posts comments on /.

Posted from the LegoBot in the LegoBucket

Cute, but Meh. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45902493)

First of all, I'm sure all the hardware hackers here are screaming "LEGO did NOT come up with I2C" (it's been around since the early 80s)

Second, I visited his personal site and while it has some good information to get you started, I couldn't find a license for his "open source" code. He lists the code openly, but I don't think that offers you much legal protection if you decide to build a platform on what he wrote.

Third, thank you for normalizing the sound to a greater extent. Much better than some of the other recent videos.

Last, to repeat a common trope here on /. WTF? how is this news? "Robotics professor plays with lego robots" show at 11. I mean the video didn't go over anything really interesting about the booth. What does Microinfinity sell that's cool? how is drawing John Lennon and Abe Lincoln going to change our lives? What is the accuracy of the lego robot over non-flat surfaces? Can/is/how is this technology utilized in self driving cars? (and 1967 called, they want the logo turtle back. pd f 5 pu r 90)

Legos...inexpensive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45904129)

Legos are quite expensive, around 10 cents per tiny piece.

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