Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Preparing Super Robo Rally for Gen Con

As Gen Con approaches, we're making some final tweaks to upgrades to Super Robo Rally.

This year, we have a new system in place that allows players to use the web browser in a wifi-enable device to program the robots.

In addition, we have acquired 10 smartphones to be used in the new system.

The custom web interface can be seen here

We're all looking forward to seeing how it turns out...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vader - THE sumo robot

Vader is a LEGO sumo robot that I built when I got my first black NXT.  It has three motors, two light sensors, and two ultrasonic sensors.

This year at Brickworld, it won the sumo event for the fourth year in a row.  After being reprogrammed, it also won the joust event on Sunday. 

It's won a few other events in the last five years, and has done much n better than I ever expected.  At this point, I don't see taking it apart any time soon..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More Super Robo Rally

I took Super Robo Rally to a summer camp at Purdue on Wednesday.  It was a good chance to test out  a new feature that we'll have available this year at Gen Con, where robots can be programmed using tablets, instead of (or in addition to) the playing cards previously used.  With the tablets, players were able to enter programs faster, meaning they played more turns in the same amount of time.

 Take a look at a screen shot from the tablet/phone view

We were also in the local media:

JC Online

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

VEX IQ Highrise scoring

In order to help us with scoring, I made a web page that we can use to keep time and score on a phone, tablet, or PC.

Check it out here: Scoresheet

Friday, May 23, 2014


I've recently been introduced to the new VEX IQ system, which is very similar to LEGO MINDSTORMS.  The plastic pieces snap together, with no cutting or gluing.

I made up a page to compare the two systems.


I intend to compare the VEX IQ challenge to FIRST LEGO League in a future post.

Monday, May 5, 2014

My next hobby

Time to revive this blog with my latest hobby thoughts.  Starting with color...