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Early solar-powered mindstorms rovers
My early/prototype solar-powered autonomous robot rovers
About this creation
(I have a more detailed info and pics of these robots on my website here)

This was my first rover. It features six wheel drive, suspension, and steering, in addition to differential-drive steering. Trouble was, with all that, it was a bit flimsy once carrying the weight of the solar panel. So I started over.

The topmost picture is the second rover. It was plenty sturdy, but I wasn't happy with its turning. So I started over. MOCpage of the latest rover.

For these rovers, I had to design a solar energy system that could power a Mindstorms robot. Among other things, this involved creating the following devices:

A solar panel. Duh. :)

A recharging energy storage system.

Modifications to the Mindstorms brick to give it a "sleep mode" - an ultra low energy-drain mode where everything is turned off to help the Energycan recharge faster, and when the Energycan is charged, turns everything turns back on to use the stored energy.

Some configurations in which these new electric bricks can be used.


 I like it 
  March 26, 2013
thats like a mars rover i love it.
 I like it 
  January 29, 2010
Good idea man! I've one question: Is the solar panel applyable to other common motorised Lego parts just as Power functions as an example? That would be a great thing.
 I like it 
  January 22, 2009
... whoa
 I like it 
  July 18, 2007
UMH... really creative!!
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