Robot Hacks and Mods

roboquad light of life

xboxmaster's picture

to whom want to know if your roboquad has a hardware failure,

if you open up roboquad, you'll see j18 for an extra jack. it serves a purpose, roboquad's hardware status light, or motor, doesnt matter. i wont show you the polarity, because i didnt take any photos. sorry about not showing pictures, but here's how it works:

normal operation: light on

General hardware failure: light off, roboquad shuts down*

unknown hardware failure: light on, roboquad acting erratically/shut down

Rovio and Kinect Motion Control.

FreddyA's picture

Last night I spent some time plaing with Rovio in a new cool way. I used Kinect connected to my pc to control the movements by using a new software release found at

It works by your body movement forward, left, right and back. It also allows your hand to be used as mouse and mouse clicks. Real fun and gives you jedi force!

Using an iPod as a controller unit

kunm's picture

I am the first to admit that I am new to this. I have built a couple of units with the Mindstorms kit, but I want to get more into this. I'm thinking that I could use an iPod Mini as a controller unit for a more robust robot. Has anyone used one like this before?

Are there better options? Or somewhere better to ask this?

Thanks for the help.