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LEGO-maniacs Build a Monster Robot Chess Army June 17, 2010

Posted by emiliekopp in labview robot projects, robot fun.
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I’ve always said the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT serves as a great robotics prototyping platform. Steve Hassenplug, LabVIEW programmer and king of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL), proves this point with his latest LEGO masterpiece: a monster-sized army of robotic chess pieces, each controlled by a MINDSTORMS NXT brick and programmed using LabVIEW.

Watching the video reveals the sophistication of the robots. Each piece not only processes individual path planning on the gigantic chess board, it also communicates with other robot chess pieces via Bluetooth to coordinate moving around the robots that are obstacles in the path of the current chess move.  All of the NXT bricks communicate with each other in addition to the host PC running the standard chess engine and the user interface, creating a robot army ready to school you in a game of chess.

Steve plans to show his chess army live-in-action at this year’s Brickworld Conference, where I’m sure there will be other interesting NXT-based creations and LEGO treasures.

For more information about Steve’s Monster Chess project, visit his team’s website.

If you have LabVIEW, you can download the free toolkit to build sophisticated programs like Steve’s Monster Chess Army with your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT here.



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2. Deirdre Walsh - June 18, 2010

Awesome application and video! If I remember correctly, I think Steven even had a part named after him in the NXT – something like the Hassenpart. 🙂 Or maybe it was a joke because he gave such good product feedback. Either way, excited to see one of his more recent projects!

3. Horia Pernea - June 21, 2010

You have one of the best robotics news!
Keep it coming! Very good job! 🙂

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