After looking at these creations, I was all excited. After 2010 at least, we will have something to play with that won’t be running on electricity. As we all know, the Lego Mindstorms NXT creations are pretty cool but what you are seeing here are solar panels attached to these creations to make them work without any wires.
All of the power is generated through these solar plates. Thanks to our folks at Dexter Industries who were able to attach solar panels with batteries and other similar accessories that you will be requiring in order to power your devices through solar energy.
The basic dSolar 2W system is for $90 which features a 9 volt solar panel which is enough to actually power your NXT along with a single motor under direct sunlight. Believe it or not, that can actually happen at about 250 mA. The four watt system which is a bit more powerful comes for $100 which has capacitor banks, parallel connectors for numerous panels, and much more. In other words, with all of these systems, you can expect your NXT to work without any wires. Who knows, maybe 100 years from now according to Einstein, we will be having the third world war with stones and sticks. Maybe these things can come handy then?
Seriously, imagine you are out one day on a picnic or you are on a road trip and all of your gadgets are used up. Wouldn’t it be great to have these creations around? They can at the least save you from getting bored on your journey. Besides, they are also good for doing some minor tasks. I don’t know if we can modify the Lego-bots but if we can, it would be great. Imagine how cool if would be if you could actually make them do whatever you wanted. For instance, how about your lego-bot gets you a can of beer from room to another when you don’t want to get up and do some chores. Or maybe it can bring to you the TV remote? I don’t know if that’s possible or not but right now, whatever these guys have done is really cool!
Via: Dexter Industries