LEGO set and have some fun Andy style. Last year you may remember a LEGO CUUSOO project where a few hopeful individuals launched a project to have an actual Android LEGO set -- and today we're happy to confirm it's only a few hundred away from reaching its goal.
Tibow. He managed to create a rather nice looking LEGO dock that holds the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a landscape orientation. The only thing missing when compared to other docks, is it doesn't initiate "dock mode" when plugged in.
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]
Grant Skinner has figured out a way to allow his Nexus One to be used as a controller for these little race cars. By tilting the phone, the accelerometer in the phone is used to make the car accelerate at a predetermined speed. If you tilt it just a little, the car will go slow. Likewise, if you tilt it all the way down, the car will go faster.
Japanese PLEN robot - that used an Android smartphone as its remote - is great, but at $3,000 it's a little too expensive for the casual hobbyist. Instead, how about using some more affordable LEGO Mindstorms kit; that's what the Enea Android team have done, taking advantage of the Mindstorms' integrated Bluetooth to remotely control it from an HTC Hero. Movement is handled by physically tilting the phone, and the user can switch between guiding more than one robot. It's not quite as straightforward as pairing the Mindstorms 'bot with the Hero, however, since the Android 1.5 OS the smartphone is running doesn't actually support the Bluetooth serial profile (SPP). Instead, the Hero gets a WiFi link to a nearby laptop, and the laptop bridges the connection via its own Bluetooth adapter. Still, Android 2.1 supports SPP, and so we can only hope an update to the app is in the works. There's plenty of cheap LEGO Mindstorms kit on eBay, after all. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=434hbckPz6o[/youtube] [via Recombu]