bots IN BRIEF
FUN WITH THE SUN
Now you can run your LEGO
Mindstorms NXT using the sun with the
Dexter Industries 2W dSolar System that
easily attaches to any of your creations.
The kit comes with a 9V solar panel,
a power cord, and adapter at a price of
The 9V solar panel provides
approximately 250 mA — enough to
power the NXT and a single motor in
ANDROID IN CONTROL
RT Corp and Brilliant Service Co. Ltd. came together to
build RIC (Robot Inside Character) — a literal robot controlled
by an Android. Encased in a plastic suit, the android can walk,
move its hands and head, and plays synthetic sounds and music
via wireless LAN. It was recently displayed at the Google
Developer Day 2010. Future plans include extending its functions
by April 2011 then renting it to other companies for about
$6,000 a day to promote other Android-based devices.
Cool tidbits herein provided by Evan Ackerman at www.botjunkie.com, www.robotsnob.com, www.plasticpals.com, and other places.
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