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    Get up, NXTway!

     

    The inspiration for this robot is of course Steve Hassenplug's Legway, the world-famous self-balancing LEGO robot. The control program is much more rudimentary than Steve's, but is sufficient for NXTway to keep balanced for a while...

    February 2007 update: Ryo Watanabe made an outstanding version of NXTway using a gyro sensor. Have a look to his very well documented realization: NXTway-G.

    August 2007 update: Nathanael Wilson created building instructions for NXTway with LEGO Digital Designer

      • LDD file is here
      • LDD generated instructions are here

 

 

 

    Program
    The control program was written usingand BricxCC. You can get NXTway source program here. You may need to modify some parameters to adapt to the sensibility of your light sensor, especially the "scale" parameter.

    If you can't or won't compile the program, here is the executable version. It must be sent to your NXT using the download button of the NXT program panel. As said above, this program is adapted to my light sensor and may not work well with yours.

     

    Construction
    No building instructions (yet) but it should be easy to build NXTway from photos below.

    Light sensor assembly

    Motor assembly.

 

    Usage
    In its present state, NXTway is picky on environmental conditions:

    • The lighting must not interfere with light sensor. Try your NXT in a dark room, or a room lit only by fluorescent light (fluorescent lamps emits little or no infra-red light so the light sensor is almost insensitive to their light).
    • It works best on a clear but non uniform surface. Some patterns give NXTway something to "zero" on.
    • When you press the run button, NXTway must be perfectly balanced, as light level measured at that time determines the equilibrium position.

       

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