Launched ten years ago, LEGO Mindstorms has inspired some pretty amazing robotics projects. Here are short videos of a few of them, including a LEGO auto factory, Rubik's Cube solver and a self-parking car.
It's now been ten years since the original LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System was first launched in September 1998 to huge success. Since then, a more advanced microprocessor unit and additional sensors have expanded the toolset's capabilities, enabling the building of some pretty impressive robotics projects, many of which you can see in action on YouTube.
So, as a way to celebrate LEGO Mindstorms' tenth anniversary, here's a sampling of some of the more popular LEGO project videos. One of the more amazing accomplishments is this automated factory made only of LEGO parts that makes LEGO cars (6:45):
This gumball sorter sorts out 5 different colours using only two motors and the light sensor (3:08):
This self-parking car can automatically park itself if it detects enough space between two objects (0:49):
Finally, here's a fully automated LEGO Rubik's Cube solver that, according to its developer, can automatically acquire, analyze and solve a shuffled Rubik's cube (1:46):