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The BrickPi is a Raspberry Pi shield that can control Lego Mindstorms robots, replacing Lego’s proprietary microcontroller brick.

After successfully kickstarting the project, Dexter Industries has established a code repository to share the progress he’s made and encourage development forks.

One interesting angle Dexter took was actually making the shield Arduino based. The shield consists of two surface-mount ATMega328 chips that control two motor control ICs and take input from 5 sensors, in part using code from Wayne & Layne’s open source Lego-controlling Arduino shields.

What is intriguing about this angle is that it could be used for any microcontroller. It could just as easily be a BeagleBone or PCDuino under the shield, because the Pi is mostly just sending pings while the ATMegas do all the hard work.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. Joe Sanford says:

    Hi! We have been working with the BrickPi at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. We have started an open-source project called BlockyTalky, which uses the BrickPi as well as a visual programming front end (Google Blockly) to aid beginning programmers and roboticists. Our dev blog is here: http://sites.tufts.edu/blockytalky/

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