If you enjoy building projects with either the Raspberry Pi or Lego Mindstorms, you might be interested in a new project which is currently in its final week over on the crowd funding Kickstarter website, called BrickPi.
BrickPi has been developed by Dexter Industries to transform the Raspberry Pi mini computer into a Lego robot, and consists of a board and case that connects directly to a Lego Mindstorms sensor. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about this interesting project and its functionality.
The BrickPi allows you to connect up to 3 NXT Motors and 4 Sensors, and is powered by a 9V battery that supplied juice to the motors, sensors, and Raspberry Pi mini computer. Allowing the Raspberry Pi to go solo and not require a USB power cable connection, together with a sturdy case with holes that snap with Lego parts.
“The BrickPi slides onto the Raspberry Pi. The BrickPi has a 9V power adapter that powers the motors and sensors, as well as the Raspberry Pi, freeing the Raspberry Pi from the wall socket. There are two LED’s on the BrickPi for troubleshooting and to add style to your robot. There are three motor ports that also read encoder values, as well as four sensor ports that can read many of the MINDSTORMS sensors.
Then you program your robot. We have programming examples in Python (on Github) for controlling the motors and sensors and will develop a polished library for the system. With the assembled version, you can slip the board onto your Raspberry Pi, plug in your motors and sensors, and get started with no soldering or splicing.”
The BrickPi project is currently over on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think BrickPi is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help BrickPi become a reality.
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