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Lego Mindstorms In Space

michael posted about 13 years ago | from the houston,-send-up-more-batteries dept.

Space 228

ribbiting writes: "A father-son team have won the "Ultimate Builder Competition" (Lego Mindstorms) with their entry named "Jitter". The robot will fly to the ISS in November. It fits (whole) into a approx. 1'x1'x1' box and weighs less than 3 lbs. It's main mission is to collect small, flying debris. It can interact with the station walls and crew and supposedly has some light "mischief" programmed in as well (sneaking up on people, dancing). The story can be found here, de.news.yahoo.com, it's in German (sorry)." We mentioned the contest a few months ago. Altavista gives a semi-readable machine translation.

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Sneaking up on people? (5, Funny)

FortKnox (169099) | about 13 years ago | (#2416621)

Is "Sneaking up on people" such a good idea in something as stressful as a space station?

I give it two months before an astronaut "accidentally" blasts it out an airlock...

Re:Sneaking up on people? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416628)

wow, now that is a first post!

\/\/()()T!

eRay:neakingSay upyay onyay eoplepay? (-1)

puhtime2go (516969) | about 13 years ago | (#2416873)

otNay asyay oodgay asyay ayay igpay atinlay irstfay ostpay ouldway ebay.

Re:Sneaking up on people? (1)

mutt lynch (465565) | about 13 years ago | (#2416632)

I couldn't see a Lego robot being any more annoying than having Tito ride along with the Russians. Besides, I'm sure NASA would remove the mischief subroutines from the program.

Re:Sneaking up on people? (2, Interesting)

Cheeko (165493) | about 13 years ago | (#2416687)

Also the rebot has the nice ability of being turned off and back on again. Tito would have been a bit tougher to turn back on again if they turned him off ;) Problem I could see however is if the robot starts to come apart and then there are all these lego blocks floating around inside the station.

Re:Sneaking up on people? (1)

malfunct (120790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416927)

In that case they just need to collect the parts and follow the instructions to put the bot back together again, legos are easy to fix :)

Re:Sneaking up on people? (3, Funny)

Chundra (189402) | about 13 years ago | (#2416688)

Agreed. But I hear the Russians are still really into "ABC-123". They couldn't afford to pay Michael so they settled for Tito.

Re:Sneaking up on people? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416702)

What ever happened to Tito Jackson?

Re:Sneaking up on people? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416864)

He went to Wal-mart, he heard that boy's pants were half off.

Re:Sneaking up on people? (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2416662)

...and it's aptly named "Jitter".

Excellent fp as well!

Re:Sneaking up on people? (2, Interesting)

Jantastic (196238) | about 13 years ago | (#2416666)

"Is "Sneaking up on people" such a good idea in something as stressful as a space station?"

Yes. I think the element of surprise, especially from a 'toy', might be appreciated if you're living in a confined space for some time.

What if it breaks apart? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416637)

No Homer! You'll clog the INSTRUMENTS!

Re:What if it breaks apart? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416690)

Watch out! Their RUFFLED!

Re:What if it breaks apart? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416721)

Their ruffled? Something seems to be missing in that sentence. Maybe: "Their ruffled feathers brushed across my erect penis."

Re:What if it breaks apart? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416814)

Perhaps you meant: They're ruffled?

Asshole.

Beer-Maid-o-Tron (3, Funny)

Mr. Eradicator (470089) | about 13 years ago | (#2416641)

Now if they could mod that robot so it would fetch a beer on voice command, that would be sweet.

Riiiight! (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416643)

The plural of Lego is Lego, not Legos.

Re:Riiiight! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416777)

Oh my...

That was the nerdiest, geekiest thing I have ever read!

Re:Riiiight! (-1)

The_Messenger (110966) | about 13 years ago | (#2416882)

Come on -- the "editors" can't even master basic English grammar. We should be grateful that they didn't spell it "lgeosz."

Other Possibilities (5, Interesting)

tino_sup (460223) | about 13 years ago | (#2416646)

It might be interesting to have this type of device do some mundane house keeping tasks. Another possibility is a mobile alarm clock that looks for people if it has not been turned off, and wakes them up.

Re:Other Possibilities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416671)

If there were mundane house keeping tasks that could be done by a robot or something, don't you think NASA would already have implemented it? I don't think Lego Mindstorms are the answer here.

Re:Other Possibilities (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 13 years ago | (#2416765)

If there were mundane house keeping tasks that could be done by a robot or something, don't you think NASA would already have implemented it? I don't think Lego Mindstorms are the answer here.

But that's exactly what this mindstorms robot is for; It cruises around sweeping up debis and sucking it via vaccuum into a hopper inside its "korpus", heh heh. Or so I gleaned from the article once it had been piped through babelfish.

Re:Other Possibilities (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 13 years ago | (#2416908)

Another possibility is a mobile alarm clock that looks for people if it has not been turned off, and wakes them up.

Why do I get this mental picture of a relentless, unstoppable robotic alarm clock (with an Austrian accent) that's going to come find you and wake you up, no matter where you are?

I would like to build (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416652)

the Megamaid out of Lego mindstorm kits. You could probably do it too.

Re:I would like to build (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416794)

Just hire a Filipina maid. They're cheaper, and will suck you off for a cup of rice.

Just trying to help.

mischief (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416655)

My cat is named Mischief. She isn't light; she is a chunk.

Let me guess... (5, Funny)

Masem (1171) | about 13 years ago | (#2416658)

...it also sings 'Daisy, Daisy' if you start taking it apart?

Or is that a DMCA violation? :-)

Re:Let me guess... (5, Funny)

mestreBimba (449437) | about 13 years ago | (#2416923)

No it says
"Dave, what are you doing Dave?"

"Will I dream?"

Why "Lego?" (-1)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | about 13 years ago | (#2416667)

The word means "I'm reading" in Latin, i's related to the English word legible, the Greek word LOGOS "writing" and has little to do with building locks.

Re:Why "Lego?" (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416691)

Hello boner nose,

The word has it roots in the ancient Viking language "Rrsoeet". It means to "stab with a penis between the buttocks".

Re:Why "Lego?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416848)

I disagree with your translation. There is an implied vigorous, twitching connotation as well.

Re:Why "Lego?" (-1)

Shitsack Comments (256887) | about 13 years ago | (#2416858)

"boner nose" was inspired -

Re:Why "Lego?" (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 13 years ago | (#2416930)

I would like to respond with a \/\/()()T!

Re:Why "Lego?" (-1)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | about 13 years ago | (#2416936)

Waaait a minute...

GM Jesse!?

Took me long enough...

Robot in space? (4, Funny)

Popoi (310376) | about 13 years ago | (#2416668)

I can see it now..

"Open the pod bay doors Jitter."

Re:Robot in space? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416803)

I'm sorry Dennis (Tito), I can't do that.

Question? (3, Insightful)

merlin_jim (302773) | about 13 years ago | (#2416673)

Did anyone understand the part about "It moves primarily through a cam in a cage. On contact with the wall, it applies through moving disc cam in cage, to the opposite axis"

I understand that this says basically that it moves away from walls when it contacts them, but I can't figure out for the life of me what a "disc cam in cage" is, or how this would help it push off of the wall?

Oh really.. (5, Funny)

Dolly_Llama (267016) | about 13 years ago | (#2416679)

It's main mission is to collect small, flying debris.

You mean small flying debris, like loose 1x3 Lego Blocks?

Every Mom will want one (3, Funny)

T1girl (213375) | about 13 years ago | (#2416778)

... to fly around the house and pick up all those little Lego(s)left lying around on the floor, the ones she's always stepping on in the dark when checking on the kids at night.

Re:Every Mom will want one (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416872)

hi. will you suck my cock?

Re:Every Mom will want one (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 13 years ago | (#2416881)

...the problem of arranging for the house to be in zero-G is left as an excercise for the student...

Kill all Muslims. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416680)

Slit their throats. Rape their women. Feed their children to pigs. Bulldoze their Mosques. Nuke their countries. Miller Time.

Re:Kill all Muslims. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416693)

McDonald's. Breakfast of Champions.

Re:Kill all Muslims. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416804)

or alternatively - little chocolate donuts, and a Lucky Strike.

Re:Kill all Muslims. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416869)

Little Chocolate Donutes, Three Lucky Strikes, and a Bloody Mary

Re:Kill all Muslims. (-1)

Shitsack Comments (256887) | about 13 years ago | (#2416846)

Here's what ragheads do in their spare time [bangedup.com] .

This is truly nifty. (1)

trilucid (515316) | about 13 years ago | (#2416682)


All right, this *is* cool. Although now I'm faced with a somewhat difficult problem... those danged Legos are so lightweight, my erector set components are just too outdated to fly into space :).

Oh well, I suppose my Super-Erector-TVStationChaging-FloorSweeping-Bathr oomScrubbing-TeethBrushing autonomous PC 6300 8086-driven bot will just have to stay earth-bound for now...

Re:This is truly nifty. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416766)

hey fuckhead. its LEGO not LEGOS.

a piece of LEGO
2 pieces of LEGO
some LEGO
a big fuck-off pile of LEGO

ok?

thankyou.

the LEGO(r) marketing team.

Re:This is truly nifty. (0, Redundant)

lonenut (165873) | about 13 years ago | (#2416875)

Hey cockgrabber.

Its 'LEGO Bricks' not 'LEGO'

A LEGO brick
2 LEGO bricks
Some LEGO bricks
Big fucking pile of LEGO bricks

OK?

Thankyou.

The Shut-the-fuck-up corrections squad.

BTW: '2 pieces of LEGO' is a poor example. Nobody says '2 pieces of pies', they say '2 pieces of pie'.

Re:This is truly nifty. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416919)

sieg heil mein fuhrers.

die GrammarNazis ist die f*ckheads.

Re:This is truly nifty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416878)

Just as long as it doesn't brush your teeth with the same scrubber it uses for the bathroom....

I'd look into why your teeth are so bleachedwhite *smile*

weight? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416686)

It fits (whole) into a approx. 1'x1'x1' box and weighs less than 3 lbs.

Won't it weigh 0 lb in space? Surely you meant to give its mass in slugs.

Re:weight? (0, Insightful)

13013dobbs (113910) | about 13 years ago | (#2416703)

That is how much it weighs on Earth. They need to keep these things light because the more weight you have to lift the more fuel you need. It may not seem like much, but it all does add up.

Re:weight? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | about 13 years ago | (#2416784)

Isn't like 1lb over $1,000.00 of fuel? anyone got stats on this??

Re:weight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416810)

According to this [google.com] it takes $10,000USD to lift 1 lb into space.

Re:weight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416834)

Unbelievable site!

Re:weight? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416822)

Most of the fuel is not used for lift, but used to reach orbital velocity according to the formula:

E = 1/2 * m * v^2

joules = 1/2 * (0.0685*slug) * (1.60934/3.6*mph)^2

Re:weight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416935)

wow, when is the U.S. gonna get its head out of it's ass and abandon the imperial system. slugs, miles, ounces, gallons... what a waste of time and neurons.

hello? metric?

Re:weight? (1)

Jantastic (196238) | about 13 years ago | (#2416866)

I think his point has something to do with saying something about the m(ass) [kg/lbs-whatever] which is considered relatively constant compared to some large object (earth, moon), and the weight, which is a varying force, which you could consider 0[Newton], if you choose appropriate objects, -viewpoints and comparable movement (nearly same orbit).

Like mobile Lego in a space station, or you and the earth when you jump, looking from the space station and earth resp.

Re:weight? (1)

ruebarb (114845) | about 13 years ago | (#2416709)

I think weight has more to do with launching it into space...when every pound costs thousands of dollars to transport, what seems miniscule suddenly becomes very important.

By putting a weight limit on it, they were able to restrict people building monsterous devices that couldn't be transported or rebuilt cheaply.

Re:weight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416743)

Yeah. Due to budget cuts back in the 70's, many of the astronauts were 'dumped'. That's a technical term meaning "administered a strict regimen of prune juice and exlax for the week prior to launch".

Re:weight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416818)

Um...weight is important for *take off*. In space it is meaningless, yes, but getting off the ground is the hard part.

Re:weight? (0, Flamebait)

eAndroid (71215) | about 13 years ago | (#2416852)

Won't it weigh 0 lb in space? Surely you meant to give its mass in slugs.

Slugs? Isn't that an archaic unit of measure? Surely you meant to ask for its mass in Newtons.

Re:weight? (1)

Joseph Vigneau (514) | about 13 years ago | (#2416905)

>Won't it weigh 0 lb in space? Surely you meant to give its mass in slugs.


Slugs? Isn't that an archaic unit of measure? Surely you meant to ask for its mass in Newtons.


Newtons? Isn't that a unit of force? Surely you meant to ask for its mass in grams.

Re:weight? (2, Informative)

AaronStJ (182845) | about 13 years ago | (#2416910)

Slugs? Isn't that an archaic unit of measure? Surely you meant to ask for its mass in Newtons

Good Lord no. First of all, the SI until for mass is the (kilo)gram, the newton is a measure of weight. Second, the slug, which IIRC weighs one pound in earth gravity, is a perfectly acceptable unit of mass. At least, as acceptable as imperial units get

Re:weight? (1)

nuetrino (525207) | about 13 years ago | (#2416920)

It will have some weight in LEO. Not much, but certainly more than 0.

A shuttle spy? (1)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | about 13 years ago | (#2416708)

I can see the implications already. If this was in a movie (cough, cough, red planet, hmpgh) it would be accidently bumped into "military mode" at some point in the mission. I'd at least run all programs on the bot through a disassembler before letting it come with me to space.

ok (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416710)

ok yes many a geek has fond memories of playing with legos...

But guess what we're all grown up now and really don't care that much.

Or is it lego is paying for peices to be posted?

Sorry but Lego and GPSes are fucking BORING.

Stick to stuff that matters, not stuff that matters 20 years ago when i was a little kid, or stuff that was middly nifty for 10 minutes but now is fucking boring.

Slashdot, News about LEGO, Stuff on GPSes...

Re:ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416779)

are you some kind of illiterate retard?

its LEGO not LEGOS.

a piece of LEGO
2 pieces of LEGO
some LEGO
LEGO up my ass

ok?

thankyou.

the LEGO(r) marketing team.

Re:ok (0, Troll)

lonenut (165873) | about 13 years ago | (#2416862)

Hey illiterate fuckhead.

Its 'LEGO Bricks' not 'LEGO'

A LEGO brick
2 LEGO bricks
Some LEGO bricks
Many, many LEGO bricks up your ass

OK?

Thankyou.

The Shut-the-fuck-up corrections squad.

BTW: '2 pieces of LEGO' is a poor example. Nobody says '2 pieces of pies', they say '2 pieces of pie'.

Re:ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416914)

So i do you have a peice of lincoln log i can use?

when you where young along and playing with lego, did you also trade baseball card and make model car?

When you try and say there is no plural of lego you just show you had no friends as a whipper snap cuase everyone called them legos...

Did you read the box of "LEGO bricks" when ever you wished you had a friend to play legos with?

Re:ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416891)

Translation: I don't like Lego any more. I'm a fucking crotchety old man. Nobody should like them. Blaaah Blaah BLaah.

Re:ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416912)

Of course those of us who are grown up with children still find stuff like this interesting. My son is a little too young right now, but I am sure that soon he'll be asking me to get out some LEGO blocks and play with him. So, if you don't find this story interesting, don't read it. Simple enough.

Are they sending it up pre-assembled? (5, Funny)

albamuth (166801) | about 13 years ago | (#2416717)

It would make more sense if they sent it all up like all LEGO kits come (minus the excessive packaging).I imagine astronauts hanging (floating) around, scratching their heads over cartoony instructions:


"Dimitri, I need a 1 x 6 block. Nyet, a block, not plank!"

Movie Scenarios (4, Informative)

Alien54 (180860) | about 13 years ago | (#2416719)

Why to I think of multiple Hollywood plot lines with these things?

And to think that Halloween is just around the corner. If you have enough of them, do they try to "collect" larger floating particles [smile]?

Side Note, Intertran [tranexp.com] is also decent as an online translator.

and here's a nice list [robotbooks.com] of various robot competitions

Re:Movie Scenarios (1)

James Skarzinskas (518966) | about 13 years ago | (#2416793)

Yeah, give Hollywood any news on this plot, and sure enough, a film with regards to the blood-thirsty LEGO(r) beast will be out. Then JonKatz will give a completely obvious and cliche review about it; which of course we could have all picked up just by watching a commercial.. uhh.. nevermind. /me goes to turn JonKatz off of authors list :P

Re:Movie Scenarios (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416861)

Exodus 21:7 God recommends acquiring slaves from the nations around you.

You know what, this really pisses me off.
Every line in the bible can be interpretted in different ways. You're proud you can make it negative to impress your nerd friends? Think of something more creative for your sig, dork.

uh (1)

British (51765) | about 13 years ago | (#2416720)

Okay, what's a valid referrer? I tried going to babelfish.altavista.com, then the mentinoed link, and it still didn't like it.

Check your links, please. (4, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 13 years ago | (#2416725)

You cannot use the babelfish link, because babelfish checks referers.

It seems to me that even mentioning babelfish is redundant these days. The people who don't know it exist tend not to be the slashdot type. But maybe I'm just being an elitist.

yeah! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416750)

all your quaeda are belong to us !!!

Google translation (3, Informative)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | about 13 years ago | (#2416754)

If you have trouble with Alta Vista's translation, or just want an alternative translation, you might also try Google's Translation [google.com] .

your sig: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416772)

"Why do they hate us?"

Because you're a karma whore.

Translated via a silly Machine (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416756)

(teCHANNEL.DE) Konrad and Bastian black brook won the " Ultimate builder Competition " with its model " jitter " from Lego Mindstorms.
The small robot from Lego parts and technology will fly in November to the space station IIS. Of 124 participants in the competition with the slogan " Lego Mindstorms the last ten met goes space " to the final in Munich. In presence of jury protector and astronaut Ulf Merbold were explained to father and son black brook as the winner. The winner model jitter is in EATS flying around parts to in-collect, at least is programmed it apart from other functions for it. Special prices went to the muscle coach for astronaut the one sechskoepfiges team out of Austria/Germany and Switzerland built.

With jitters the crew gets an aid to the hand, which, if it in weightlessness works satisfactorily, freely in-collects flying
particles in the space station. In addition communicate jitter with tones and light signal on its finds or contacts with the cab wall. Jitter is based on the salesusual Lego Mindstorm parts. Hitachi H8 micro CONTROLLER, programmable chips, which are likewise standard, form the heart. Progarmmiert became jitter of Konrad black brook in Java (TinyVM). If jitter is switched on in the IIS under weightlessness, it must be brought into a calm orientation situation.
The Z-axis should show thereby direction passenger lighting, one permanent guideline assistance of jitters. Afterwards the robot turns
some 360 degrees of roles around its control parameters to initialize and can with easy thrust in travel be brought. Jitter works with impulse drive. But permanently a cam disk in a cage is propelled. With contact with the external wall the cage shifts. Depending upon impact direction such an impulse is produced into the opposite
direction. Otherwise is the robot with light -, contact and rotation sensors equipped it on its course to lead and steer are. Jitter task
it is to be in-collected flying around parts, which it sweeps with a broom from Lego hoses into a chamber in its korpus. If jitter pushes
against a wall, the chamber closes automatically, so that the past charge is not again scattered. Jitter reacted in addition over the contact sensors on caper flaxnesses and flips and is programmed, about on all kinds of nonsense Anschleichen and frightening, dancing and
continuous rotating. In addition it reacts to sign movements, which it evaluates with its infrared sensors.

One of the tasks for the Mindstorm technical designers was it to accommodate their robots into a crate of 30x30x30 centimeter. Jitter can be transported, which did not succeed to all models, therein in a piece. In addition the models may not be heavier than 1400 gram. For Bastian black brook, which had taken over the mechanical construction, was that the most difficult task. It has jitters taken and again (differently) assembled that it in the meantime know each part in the sleep, said so often apart it during the award of the prize in Siemens (Frankfurt: 723610.F, message) - forum Munich. The two Tueftler live in the control center in Moscow will see the start of their robot to the acid test in the universe (uba)

Re:Translated via a silly Machine (4, Funny)

big_hairy_mama (79958) | about 13 years ago | (#2416815)

"Impulse drive", eh? These mindstorms are more advanced than I thought...

"space station IIS" (2, Funny)

PHAEDRU5 (213667) | about 13 years ago | (#2416835)

"IIS"? Am I the only one wondering what son of Nimda will do to this thing? Should I be buying space station repellent?

Excellent Upgrade: (5, Interesting)

2nd Post! (213333) | about 13 years ago | (#2416758)

Collects random lego bricks and then builds another 'Jitter' from the parts!

Re:Excellent Upgrade: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416790)

thankyou for referring to LEGO as LEGO.

we'll let you pass.

the LEGO(r) marketing team.

Re:Excellent Upgrade: (0, Troll)

lonenut (165873) | about 13 years ago | (#2416890)

He didn't, he correctly refered to them as 'LEGO bricks'.

You still fail.

The Shut-the-fuck-up corrections squad.

Glue? (3, Interesting)

krugdm (322700) | about 13 years ago | (#2416786)

I wonder if all the bricks for Jitter will need to be glued together to keep him from 'accidentally' coming apart?

Spam at ./ - finally. (0, Troll)

rocksh (526068) | about 13 years ago | (#2416801)

It seems there is nothing credible in this report... And who is michael anyway?

Also from the Lego Department (3, Redundant)

ardmhacha (192482) | about 13 years ago | (#2416812)

In the New York Times today there is an article about a guy who built a robot out of Lego which can solve the Rubik's Cube.

It uses a lego-cam linked to a computer with color recognition software and a rubiks solving program, but all the mechanical bits to physically manipulate the cube are Lego.

Stumped by Rubik's Cube? Let the Lego Robot Solve It [nytimes.com]

Re:Also from the Lego Department (1)

Cheeko (165493) | about 13 years ago | (#2416880)

And this was posted a week or two ago.....old news

Re:Also from the Lego Department (1)

jeff67 (318942) | about 13 years ago | (#2416926)

Try over a month ago:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/09/07/0133 24 8&mode=thread
But NYT just reported on it today.

Indeed, (1)

jon323456 (194737) | about 13 years ago | (#2416823)

"The two Tueftler live in the control center in Moscow will see the start of their robot to the acid test in the universe (uba)"

An excellent translation.

Fun Toys in Space (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 13 years ago | (#2416830)

If I was going to take something fun into space, it would be one of those battery-powered traveller fans -- just the thing for flying around the inside of Alpha or the shuttle. (Outside it would be rather pointless, of course. :^) Could be useful for collecting loose potato chips too!

Reversing the battery will change the fan from a pusher into a puller prop.

ISS is modular... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416855)

But this is crazy! I thought the Canadarm had a few more years of useful life left.

Hmmm... Lego-based IIS components wouldn't be a bad way to go, I think. Just fire up a case of pieces and have the crew build whatever they need!

Lego ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416857)

I once made a Lego turd. It didn't lool quite right tho.

Just how robust is LEGO? (4, Funny)

plalonde2 (527372) | about 13 years ago | (#2416904)

I guess my biggest worry is when it breaks... little bricks everywhere, and no more robot to pick them up.

I assume they'll glue it together before sending it up. At least that will avoid the self-modifying trojan LEGO monster issue...

wersdfs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2416907)

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