Do you have an old Android phone stored away that you keep only for emergencies–or just aren’t sure what to do with it? You could breathe new life into the semi-retired handset by strapping it up to a Lego Mindstorms NXT set and turn it into a household security robot.
Wolfgang Beer developed the telepresence robot as a way of monitoring his home while he was away. The robot cruises around the house and gathers images, and uses an HTC Magic phone connected to the NXT robot kit. The Android phone works as a controller for the robot, which can receive signals over the Internet and transmit the commands via Bluetooth to the NXT microcontroller.
Um. We are simply not sure what to make of this development. We already have nightmares about our gadgets. Making them real seems all too real. Really.
I have a sudden urge to disembowel a smartphone. Excuse me a moment, won’t you?