Which Apps Should I Use for LEGO Robots?

Recently, LEGO has updated its robotics software, especially for the products of LEGO MindStorms EV3 and LEGO MindStorms Inventor. Facing so many apps, you might wonder which apps you should install and what are their differences? In this post, I will introduce the apps of three LEGO robots, their download positions and differences. LEGO MindStorms …

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Play LEGO Robotics – Common Steps of Designing Your Own Model

No matter which LEGO robotics model you are playing with - LEGO WeDo 2.0, LEGO EV3, LEGO Spike Prime or LEGO MindStorms Inventor, one of the most exciting tasks could be to create your own model and make the model move with the control of LEGO App or other software. However, it is often easier …

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LEGO Spike Prime – Design an automatic door

In today's post, I would like to introduce a model made of LEGO Spike Prime. If you are using LEGO MindStorms, you could design this model, too. Since this two sets share many similar blocks. This is an open-ended project for the students. As instructor, we just put forward the requirement and then left it …

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LEGO Spike Prime – Explanation of Accelerometer Data and Line Graph Analysis

In the App of LEGO Spike Prime, there is an advanced unit category which creates different devices, logs and analyzes gyroscope or accelerometer data. In today's post, I will use the same model of "Build a Smart Kettlebell" project and introduce how to read and analyze the recorded accelerometer data. I will also update the …

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LEGO Spike Prime – Use PID to Control A Self-balancing Robot and Some Key Points

On YouTube, I just accidentally found a video introducing a self-balanced robot controlled with PID. That is really amazing. However, when I tried to build the model and copied its code, I met some problems. It seems not as easy to get the robot keeping balanced as shown in the video. In this post, I …

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Which New Model to Choose From – LEGO Spike Prime or LEGO MindStorms Inventor?

In August of 2020, LEGO released a new version of LEGO MindStorms called LEGO MindStorms Inventor, which is released just a few months after the release of LEGO Spike Prime. So what is the difference between MindStorms Inventor and Spike Prime? Does that mean I have to upgrade my LEGO Spike Prime in order to …

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Play LEGO Spike Prime – Upgrade Demo Project Security Box – Python Code

In my previous post, I introduced how to upgrade the model and programming blocks of the demo project - Security Box. In this post, I would "translate" the programming blocks into Python code. I would say it is an efficient way to get familiar with LEGO Spike Python module and improve your Python coding skills. …

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Play LEGO Spike Prime – Upgrade Demo Project Security Box

In the building plans of LEGO Spike Prime software, we could find the building specification of a security box. When Left button is pressed, the box could be unlocked. However, if we want to design a more high-tech security box, simple lock/unlock functionality is not enough. On YouTube, we could find videos on how to …

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LEGO Spike Prime – “Translate” Programming Blocks into Python Code

In my previous post, I introduced how to set a mission for LEGO Spike Prime and implement the task with LEGO Spike programming blocks. As I mentioned before, Lego Spike Prime supports MicroPython pretty well. Most of the programming blocks could find corresponding Python functions. In this post, I will demonstrate how to "translate" my …

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Play LEGO Spike Prime at Home – Another Mission for Your Robot Vehicle – Part 2

This is the second part of LEGO Spike Prime mission and focuses on the introduction of mechanical structure. If you would like to check how to use program to control your robot, you could refer to my previous post. Top View The following is the top view of the robot vehicle. Since the model needs …

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