I just bought an NXT just for the purpose of making this... And if I like doing this, maybe I'll do more with this in the future.
Anyway, I just finished building the whole thing, and it was a lot of fun to do! After I finished building it, I had a little trouble getting it to work, but it's working now!
Putting this together made me realize how much detail there is in building something like this. I really think you did a great job designing it.
I'd be interesed in the source code.
So thanks a lot for sharing this!
I'm glad that you enjoyed making MindCuber and that you got it working ok. Please let me know if you decide to upload a video of it to YouTube and I'll add it to my MindCuber playlist.
I'm sure you'll have great fun making other models now that you have an NXT set!
Thanks for appreciating what went into its creation. I think I spent more time on the mechanics for this than for any of my other designs. I wanted to create it from a single kit to make it easy for others to build and I kept running out of pieces so had to redesign sections of it many times before I found a way to do it.
I will be publishing the source code on http://mindcuber.com some time in the near future when I can find time to finish making it presentable.
I have a few questions.. How did you write the program? The software provided with the NXT seems a bit impractical for solving cubes. I've seen some alternatives, and I am wondering what you used.
Also, do you know if there's a way to use power from a power socket? (I am afraid the batteries will die rather quickly).
I am new to this, so If you can give me a few hints to point me in the right direction, that would be great!
One way to power the NXT from a socket is to buy a rechargeable battery pack and charger from LEGO - http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/NXT-DC-Re...e-Battery-9693 and http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/LEGO-Powe...mer-10VDC-8887 although this is quite expensive. The charger can be connected while running the NXT so you have the option to run with or without a mains connection.
The motors seem to be extremely efficient and in my experience, MindCuber will run continuously for about 3 hours on a single charge of this rechargeable battery pack.
My name is Elias, and I'm working on my thesis. It's about the Rubik's Cube
And I was thinking to make a robot that can solve the cube. I saw your design and I made it, but now I want to program it.
The only problem is that the .rxe file (the code) is rather complicated. Do you maybe have a version with more information. I am not so best in C++ or NQC.
Or can you maybe help me program my own version.
Sorry for the English, I live in Belguim.