BrickPI+ base kit, Interface between Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms
Description of the BrickPi+ base kit for Lego Mindstorms and Raspberry Pi
Fans of Lego MINDSTORMS are now allowed to create robots that have a more powerful computer by using a Raspberry Pi. The BrickPi+ is an interface that, when connected to a Raspberry Pi, replaces the lego Mindstorms intelligent brick. The BrickPi+ has Lego connectors to Lego servomotors and Lego sensors. The BrickPi+ is a clever extension to the Raspberry Pi to use it into robotics.
The Raspberry Pi is a small computer with a Linux OS system and is much more powerful than a classique Lego Mindstorms brick. By using the Raspberry Pi, you'll be allowed to designed more complex and efficient algorithms. Raspberry Pi is open-source for hardware and software and is clearly a success in the Do It Yourself community.
The BrickPi+ is compatible with Lego Mindstorms NXT and Lego Mindstorms EV3.
The BrickPi+ version
Powering the BrickPi+ can be done either using 8 AA batteries, or through USB, or using both methods at the same time. This base kit contains a battery pack (8 AA batteries, not included) and its power cable.
Content of the BrickPi+ base kit
The BrickPi+ base kit, for Lego Mindstorms and RaspberyPi is provided with:
- The BrickPi+ board
- An enclosed 6-sided acrylic case to connect LEGO technic bricks on all sides (plus the hardware to assemble the case)
- A battery pack (for 8 AA batteries, which are not included) and its power cable
Technical specifications of the BrickPi+ for Lego Mindstorms and RaspberryPi
The BrickPi+ is composed of the following elements:
- 4 Ports for Lego Mindstorms NXT and EV3 sensors
- 4 Ports pour Lego Minstorms NXT and EV3 servos
- One connector for an external power supply
The improvements upon the latest BrickPi version are:
- An improved motor protection
- Battery monitoring
- An enclosed case with sensor and motor markings
- A more robust power connection
Using the Python, C, Scratch and Java libraries that are provided by Dexter Industries, you'll be able to easily control the Lego sensors and servos from the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi has also 2 USB ports and one ethernet port. This allows you to connect more devices, sensors and actuators to your Lego Mindstorms.
Another advantage of the Raspberry Pi is that you'll be allowed to mix sensors and actuators from other technologies.
Last but not least, the Rasperry Pi has a Linux operating sytem, that's to say you'll be able to use a full and modern OS to build your programs, which is a great progress compared to the Lego software.
Here is a presentation video for the previous version, the BrickPi: