Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Robotics Monday: NeXTSTORM's "Space Molecules"

Name of Model: Space Molecules
Created by: NeXTSTORM
Found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4u_s5jecMg and http://web.me.com/NeXTSTORM
Here's one for the "there's nothing else like this out there" category - using a system of gears, motors, knob wheels, and a compass sensor, NeXTSTORM has created this utterly bizarre contraption. It looks like something you'd see under a microscope, with swirling patterns of different colors. It can be "lured" into travelling in different directions by a pad of magnets (detected by the compass sensor). While this is a definite departure from the animated minifig contraptions we've seen NeXTSTORM build in recent months, I think it's safe to say that this is another masterpiece. This may also be the best use we ever see for the "knob wheel" element - so far it's been largely ignored in favor of traditional gears, but the set designers keep including them in more and more kits, so we will have to come up with more clever uses for them.

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