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Friday, 25 July 2008

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-Airkraft

Friday, 4 July 2008

They are here! 2008 Technic sets:

The long awaited Technic sets (see below) have finally arrived on LEGO S@H

The guys over at TechnicBRICKs.blogspot also compared the prices of all these new sets for every country



8293 8294 8295 8297
Austria EUR 34,99 49,99 89,99 109,99
Belgium EUR 34,99 51,99 82,99 109,99
Finland EUR 33,95 69,95 99,95 121,95
France Metropolitan EUR 34,99 59,99 79,99 109,99
Germany EUR 34,99 49,99 89,99 109,99
Ireland EUR 34,99 59,99 89,99 139,99
Italy EUR 32,99 49,99 79,99 109,99
Luxembourg EUR 34,99 51,99 82,99 121,95
Netherlands EUR 34,99 51,99 82,99 109,99
Portugal EUR 34,95 49,95 79,95 109,95
Spain EUR 34,95 49,95 79,95 109,95
Denmark DKK 249,75 499,00 799,00 899,00
Sweden SEK 299,50 629,00 999,00 1.099,00
Switzerland CHF 59,00 89,00 145,00 179,00
United Kingdom GBP 24,99 39,99 59,99 89,99
Australia AUD 49,99 79,99 129,99 179,99
New Zealand NZD 49,99 99,99 149,99 199,99
Canada CAD 39,99 74,99 109,99 149,99
United States USA 29,99 59,99 89,99 119,99

I also noticed that Lego UK have lowered their prices for the snowmobile by £6 and the tractor by £12. looks like im going to be spending my birthday money after all!

Read more HERE

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Follow the LEGO Brick Road Van Tour

Not strictly Mindstorms, but still lego, and British Lego at that!:

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LEGO Brick, visit the Follow the LEGO Brick Road Van Tour which is travelling across the UK from May to October 2008. Visit the tour and you can:

• Build part of a giant LEGO Mosaic!
• Visit a historic LEGO exhibition with toys from the last 50 years!
• Guess your height in LEGO bricks!
• Build some LEGO models!
• Enter cool competitions!
• Buy some hard to find LEGO items with 50% of proceeds going to support the LEGO official charity, the National Autistic Society!

You can visit the tour at the following locations on the dates shown.



LEGOLAND Windsor
2nd - 5th May
www.legoland.co.uk or 0871 2222 001

Urdd Eisteddfod, Wales
26th - 31st May
0845 2571 613

East of England Country Show, Peterborough
13th - 15th June
01733 234451

West End Live, London
21st - 22nd June
020 7641 3973

Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, Hampshire
19th - 20th July
01252 532 800

Fringe Sunday, Edinburgh
10th August
0131 226 0026

Centre MK, Milton Keynes
16th - 24th August
0870 890 2530

Center Parcs, Whinfell, Cumbria
22nd July and 9th August
08448 267 723

Center Parcs, Sherwood, Nottinghamshire
24th July and 26th August
08448 267 723

Center Parcs, Elveden, Norfolk
27th July and 28th August
08448 267 723

Center Parcs, Longleat, Wilshire
29th July and 31st August
08448 267 723

Regent Street Festival, London
3rd September
020 7152 5854

You can read more about this HERE

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Maker Faire 2008

I'm back from the Maker Faire! It was really fun, and I hope I can make it next year.
Anyways, I took some photos and movie clips there, and iMovie'd together a slideshow/video. It's mostly about the LEGO exhibit, but there is a bit of other stuff too.
Note: This does not cover the whole Maker Faire! There is way, way more than this. But most of the time I was looking at stuff and forgetting to take pictures, so this is what I have.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

I thought that this site needed some new content, so I have recently become a member to Airkraft-NXTs blog, and Airkraft-NXT to mine. Lets hope there are many more posts and topics here,

RjbsNXT
rjbsnxt.blogspot.com

Monday, 7 April 2008

Golden Lego Bricks

gold bricksAs we all know, Lego turns 50 this year and to celebrate they've produced a bunch of "gold" bricks as a free gift with purchase of over $50.

The new set, "Town Plan" also includes three 2 by 2 golden bricks as well as a letter from company owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who appeared on the original town plan box when he was much younger and returns on this one.

They've also produced a nice little anniversary site with a historical overview of their products.

You can read more about this on the Lego site


-Airkraft

Sunday, 9 March 2008

NXTlog Biped Building Challenge

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXTLOG:
These robots are made for walkin'
Alpha Rex can't be the only biped you'll ever make, so we're asking you to create the NXT two legged walker! Bipeds are said to be the most difficult robot to make, but we know NXTLOGgers are up for the challenge!
Biped Challenge
All entries to NXTLOG fall under the Terms of Service
Entries must be submitted from Saturday March 1, 2008 - Monday March 31, 2008
All entries must be tagged "NXT200803"
Only LEGO elements may be used.

And of course all the other NXTLOG Challenge rules apply.

Lots of us have made bipeds, adn now is our chance to show them who's best!

Read More about thihs building challenge HERE

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Forklift

Here's a great new project I just made: a forklift!

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Two New Mindstorms Websites

I have reently been invited to join two new Lego Mindstorms NXT websites as a contributer and moderator.
These two websites are:

Travis' TeamNXT and Snowblader13's NXTCentral


TeamNXT has a Blog and a Forum





NXT Central also has a blog and a forum


Both Sites have great potential, and great contributers. We hope to be keeping all you mindstormers out there informed of events, shop offers, new videos, and just about anything else NXT from all over the world.


Airkraft-NXT

Monday, 4 February 2008

RealCar III

Here is the third incarnation of my rack&pinion cars...
See the other cars here.

This one can even be picked up without being dropped!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

NXT Dot Matrix Printer?!?

I have just watched a video on youtube that shows a NXT robot using a felt tip pen to print a dot matrix (?) type image. The Video is called Lego Mindstorm, and the description is

113b Robot
Here is the video

Does Anyone have any information about this robot? it seems really cool
If you want to you can follow up this topic on my forum:
http://airkraft-nxt.forumotion.com/open-discussion-f1/video-with-no-info-nxt-dot-matrix-printer-maybe-t19.htm
Air

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Farewell Crawler Crane!



The Crawler Crane Set 8288 has finaly been phased out of production here in the uk.
This is a sad day for me! I realy wanted this set, but it seams i shall have to buy it from somewhere else if i can find it.

If you know of anywhere that has any in stock, preferably in the UK, please get in contact.



Airkraft

Friday, 1 February 2008

PPS: Ping-Pong Shooter

This is a mobile, BlueTooth remote controlled robot. It has has a magazine of 7 ping-pong (table tennis) balls that it it will shoot if you press the bump sensor on the controller.

Now all I need is a 3rd NXT to fetch the projectiles!

--
NXTMonger

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Brand New RFID sensor (codatex)

Lots of people have made RFID sensors for the NXT, but at last, there’s an “official” third party product. LEGO has announced yesterday an official partnership with Codatex producing the NXT RFID Sensor seen below. The package contains a sensor and two tags, with holes matching Technic pegs.

Features:

  • Reads 125 kHZ transponders of type EM4102
  • 5 bytes number, i.e. 240 combinations (i.e. 1.099.511.627.775 numbers)
  • The reader has three modes of reading:
    • Single read
    • Continuous read
    • Stop
  • Reading distance up to 3 cm depending on transponder size and orientation
  • Transparent front cap with LED signal at detection of a transponder
  • Auto power off for saving battery power
  • Firmware upgrade feature for future enhancements (saving hardware cost)
The press release can be found HERE

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Buy your NXT now!

The following is from LEGO:

"Purchase 8527 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT and receive an exclusive set of free accessories. Set includes one 9843 Touch Sensor, one 9844 Light Sensor and one pack of 8 Energizer Lithium AA batteries – a $50 value! Limited quantities. Offer good while supplies last. One free accessories set per order."
See it here

Friday, 4 January 2008

They Are Coming... 2008

What is there to look forward to in 2008? well, let me give you a clue:

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one" he said...



Read more HERE

Monday, 31 December 2007

Lego NXT Helicopter Simulator - ChopperBot

Too much caffeine today posted the video of his "ChopperBot". ChopperBot lets you "pilot" a helicopter on the end of a crane arm - forwards and backwards, up and down - all controlled with the touch sensor and the buttons on the NXT brick. Features include:

  • No matter what altitude the helicopter is at, it is always level
  • The helicopter's rotors turn due to the transmission of power up the arm


More info can be found at his website: http://www.way2muchcaffeine.blogspot.com/, as well as the .ldd file (when posted)

Friday, 28 December 2007

LEGO PF elements now avaliable at lego shop.com USA only though...


LEGO Shop-at-Home has updated their products recently. Perhaps most interesting there are some new PF elements among them, as well as the existing PF motors but you can now buy them on a "piece by piece" basis. It seems there is also a "hybrid" PF cable, that appear to function as both a PF extenssion cable as well as a cross-over cable to the older 9V system. The grand Technic Bulldozer may not be available... but at least now all the PF parts are (they've also been added to LEGO Digital Designer for that matter. It appears I need to browse S@H more often... and after I already put in my last order, too. Oh well, perhaps I need another order... For folks wanting new sensors, there's a lot of offerings at S@H as well: the standard four (US, light, sound, & touch), but also the Acceleration, IRSeeker, IRLink, Gyro, Color, & Compass sensor.
As posted by Brian Davis at http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Milton Keynes Lego Shop MINDSTORMS DISCOUNT!!

Today I went to Milton Keynes (England) to see if they had the crawler crane in stock(as legoshop.com had run out, and I think it has been discontinued), and to my suprise, they actually had a sale on, ON DECENT SETS! Not just their crappy stuff. Sadly there was no crawler crane, but they did have the TIE CRAWLER and BATMOBILE sets (both with LOTS of caterpillar tracks) for only £28! (normally £40) So I bought a Tie set, as well as a selection of technic beams and lift arms.

Then as i was leaving the shop, I noticed that ALL MINDSTORMS ACCESORIES WERE HALF PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Sadly, I had just spent all the christmas money I had brought with me, so I didnt get any. Hopefully when I go a week next tuesday, they will still have the discount. If not, i think i may have to eat myself.

I got two more points on my loyalty card today though, so that was good.

And so, the moral of this story children, is, IF YOU LIVE NEAR MILTON KEYNES IN ENGLAND, GO BUY SOME LEGO!

Merry Christmas by the way! rendeer

Airkraft-NXT

Friday, 21 December 2007

Theres Something...Christmassy about www.airkraft-nxt.webs.com

If you havent allready seen, why not visit my website. you may be in for a festive treat!

Merry Christmas Everyone!