ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
MinuteBot Bearing is a high quality turntable designed to be used together with LEGO Mindstorms. The turntable has an integrated sealed ball bearing for better precision, better load capacity and reduced friction. It fits nicely with LEGO products.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
We have had the idea for quite some time as we several times needed a precision turntable to be used with LEGO Mindstorms. The design phase started in March 2012.
What was your goal in building this project?
To design a turntable with a perfect interface with LEGO Mindstorms and with improved mechanical properties. The broader vision is to make a kit consisting of robust elements designed for higher precision and durability using industrial components. Robotics made in minutes. That’s MinuteBot.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
LEGO Mindstorms is very easy to program but as it is a toy the precision, durability and mechanical integrity is limited. The MinuteBot Bearing is based on industry-grade ball bearings providing the needed mechanical performance of the turntable.
What makes your idea unique?
The combination of user friendliness, the interface with LEGO Mindstorms and the good mechanical performance makes MinuteBot Bearing unique.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
We use LEGO Mindstorms as basis for robots to be used as temporary easily programmed robotic ‘co-workers’ for trivial tasks in research labs and light industry.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
Hopefully everybody with an interest in robotics will appreciate our vision about robotic ‘co-workers’ based on LEGO Mindstorms.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
To invest in production tooling and manufacture the first MinuteBot Bearing products.