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Cellbots app updated: video streaming, voice control, more [Video]

We've covered Cellbots on Android Community before, an open-source way to use your smartphone as a brain for a simple robot, but the project has released a new java app which supports not only custom, Arduino-based Cellbots but iRobot Create, LEGO MINDSTORMS and VEX Pro. Requiring Android 2.2 or above, the new app allows you to either remotely control the robot using the phone as a navigation pad, or alternatively mount the phone directly onto the robot and use it as the 'bot's brain. There's support for spoken commands, streaming video and even using a second Android phone running the app to work as a remote (while the first is in brain mode). It's a free download from the Android Market. [youtube _x_5WDCpvtA] [via MAKE]

LEGO MINDroid turns Android into a Mindstorm NXT remote

We love LEGO and we love Android, and it seems there's plenty of love between the two companies as well.  LEGO has just launched MINDroid for Android, a remote control app allowing users to operate their Mindstorm NXT robots from their smartphone.
"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!"
We've seen Android devices used to remotely control Mindstorms kits before, but not via an official app.  The LEGO MINDroid app is a free download for Android 2.1 devices or higher, and is available in the Android Market now. [via GigaOm]

Motorola Droid Solves a Rubik’s Cube Thanks to LEGO Robot [Video]

It’s safe to say that we can file this under the totally cool category of robots. This little invention uses a Droid to solve a Rubik’s Cube. We’ve all tried to solve this thing and one point or another in our life and those of us that didn’t move the colored stickers around probably failed. This robot accomplishes the feat in a matter of seconds.