Posts made in March, 2013

Quickly earning money in Simpsons Tapped Out with houses

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Culture, Documentation | 23 comments

I am playing Simpsons Tapped out and based on the data at the Simpsons Wiki, I confirmed a suspicion I had for some time. The houses in Springfield are setup so that the houses that give you income at a higher frequency also give you the highest hourly income rate (see figure 1). This means that the more often you have to tap on a house, the higher your hourly income. You are being rewarded for wasting your time in this game.

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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 R2-D2

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in LEGO | 2 comments

Today I finally got some time to play with the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3. I upgraded my R2-D2 model so that it can now turn its head. This was possible due to the small new motor that comes with the set. EV3 has four inputs and four outputs. But the box unfortunately only contained three motors and three sensors. I also noticed that several very basic LEGO Technic parts, such as the 3/4 connector pin, are not included. On the plus side, there are severalĀ  36 Tooth Double Bevel Gears. The EV3 comes loaded with some programs, one of them being an Infrared controller software. I was able to use it directly to control two motors of R2-D2.

I will now start exploring the software…

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I could do this all day

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Culture, Design | 0 comments

Be surprised:

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Travel safety for robots

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Culture | 0 comments

Travel safety for robots

Yesterday we took out our Nao robots for a presentation. We drove there with a car and we were wondering if robots also need to be buckled. We decided that it probably would be a good idea. Better to be safe than sorry.

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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Arrived

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Featured, LEGO | 0 comments

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Arrived

Today the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 arrived. Now I need to figure out what to build with it. Any suggestions? I am very much looking forward to the ability to use four motors, the SD card slot and iOS compatibility.

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