For a long time, many Mac users have been frustrated by an apparent lack of support for working with Lego Mindstorm Robotics. However, there are many Mac-friendly solutions to this problem and several of them are free, according to Eric Heukeshoven, who along with his son, Hans, will be leading a Macworld “Birds of a Feather” sessions on Lego Mindstorm Robotics and the Mac.
The session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The father and son team will demonstrate various hardware and software products, both commercial and free, that allow Mac users to interface with the Lego Mindstorms Robotics’ “brick.” Programming tips, best places to buy supplies and where to find the most useful information will all be topics for discussion.
“One of the beauties of this topic is its ‘portability’,” Heukeshoven told MacCentral. “We will bring along a Lego Robotics brick and some of the building blocks (sensors, motors, etc.) that can easily travel with us. We also have two PowerBooks which has the software loaded for demonstration purposes.”
The Heukeshovens honed their Lego Mindstorms skills by participating in the Logo Foundation’s weeklong national Summer Institute program. The Lego-Mac session will take place from 6-7:30 in room 303 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.