March 2, 2013
LEGONARDO is a LEGO portrayer robot

LEGONARDO

December 2, 2011
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Cyclops

May 1, 2008
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The first NXT LEGO Rubik’s cube solver

Spring 2007: During February, March, April 2007, I’ve been very busy preparing University exams. The one which certainly caught my attention most was AI (artificial intelligence), that taught me about […]
January 4, 2017
LEGO BOOST app with Vernie the Robot

New LEGO BOOST Creative toolbox (17101)

October 8, 2016
Free EV3 project instructions for this robot!

BrickBot EV3

August 18, 2016
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LEGO Lenticular Mosaic

July 10, 2016
LEGO car factory with 3 modules, assembling cars in pipeline

LEGO Car Factory (Hermes Reply)

July 10, 2016
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LEGO robotic cell model for ABB press automation

December 17, 2015
LEGO Car Factory built with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and custom electronics

LEGO Car Factory (CEA LIST)

August 31, 2015
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Brick-a-Braille (modular teaching system)

July 14, 2015
LEGO Power Functions Spider Tank

Spider Tank JM2015

April 20, 2015
Build a LEGO robot with set 10692

Build a LEGO robot with set #10692

March 21, 2015
LEGO EV3 CHAPPiE head

I am LEGO CHAPPiE!

March 13, 2015
Duck Maker 3 is a LEGO self-replicating robot

LEGO self-replicating robot

October 28, 2014
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Connecting your Pixy Camera to the NXT

October 16, 2014
LEGO Wall-e made with EV3

LEGO WALL-E (actually, WALL·EV3)

October 8, 2014
LEGO Rolling Robot

LEGO Rolling Robot – PALLA

August 28, 2014
LEGO electric guitar

EL3CTRIC GUITAR

June 26, 2014
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LEGO Duck Maker (Pick-a-Duck)

LEGO Duck Maker: how it all began In 2012, I worked for LEGO Education as an external programmer, to develop the programs for the EV3 Education […]
June 26, 2014
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Danny’s Lab T-shirts

At some LEGO event and TV interview, I was wearing my EV3L hoodie, and many people liked it a lot. I also made some really cool t-shirts with Cyclops printed […]
June 26, 2014
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Summer LEGO Workshops in the USA

Usually I thought of summer as a period of rest, sunbathing, fresh drinks under the pine trees in Tuscany. But not during upcoming July 2014! I […]
June 13, 2014
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LEGO Build-in-the-bag

School is over, and Tuscan sun is cooking me well. Using my activity of educator as an excuse to buy new LEGO sets, I got the small and nice […]
May 21, 2014
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RUBIX – VEX IQ Rubik’s cube solver

Rubik+VEX = RUBIX In Februrary 2014 I was invited as a VEX IQ Super User at the VEX World Championship in Anaheim California that took place […]
February 19, 2014
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I did it again: my robots on RAI TV

Robot LEGO in TV A little premise for my followers: I wrote this article in two languages (Italian first) because this time I appeared on Italian […]
January 29, 2014
Edu-SENTIN3L

The Education version of The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory for teachers The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory book introduces everyone to building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots. The book contains tutorials […]
December 22, 2013
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EV3 Animatronic Heads

December 2013: After having designed this creepy animatronic head using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 core set 45544, I adapted it to be built also with […]
October 8, 2013
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EV3 Medium Servo Motor EXPOSED!

Ever wondered what’s inside a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Medium Motor? Look here then, and avoid bothering to open your own motor. In fact,  it could be […]
October 7, 2013
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Jaeger

Here’s a little preview of the Jaeger, a large multipurpose LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 humanoid robot platform. It is built using two LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core […]
September 30, 2013
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Tea serving EV3 robot (Karakuri ningyō)

September 2013: I’ve always been fascinated by wind-up toys, and even more by the advanced wind-up automata (plural of automaton) from the 17th Century. The clock […]
September 23, 2013
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Cyclops mk III

Cyclops mark 3 is a complete redesign of my previous LEGO mecha. I developed a new two-motor walking core that I am reusing in my latest […]
September 18, 2013
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My LEGO Rubik’s cube solver story

 First trip: Luxembourg My LEGO Rubik’s cube solver (result of the LEGO Rubik Utopia project) started travelling on 22 September 2007, to be shown at the […]
September 17, 2013
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Portrayer robot

September 2008: This LEGO MINDSTORMS portrayer robot was a preliminary study for LEGONARDO. It is a SCARA robotic arm that can draw any image. The steps to get […]
September 17, 2013
SmartWheelchairLOGO

Low cost smart wheelchair

This page is not strictly about robots. It tells the story of a kid, and his mom. I am accidentally part of this story. The aim […]
September 17, 2013
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AT-ST (NXT)

This is a LEGO AT-ST walker (All Terrain Scout Transport) from the Star Wars saga. It walks and turns using just two motors. This LEGO MINDSTORMS biped […]
September 17, 2013
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NXTAPOD – NXT hexapod walker

November 2009: This simple hexapod robot can walk and reverse-turn using just one motor. It can detect obstacles using the ultrasonic sensor. The programming is really simple: the […]
September 17, 2013
ForkLift2

LEGO Forklift with Linear Actuator

September 16, 2013
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Color Sorter (4DOF arm)

This robotic arm has 4 Degrees of Freedom (motors): one to turn, one to move vertically, one to move horizontally and the last for the gripper. Its […]
September 13, 2013
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Ball and Plate 1 (NXT)

A Ball and Plate system is a device that attempts to balance a ball on a plate. It is a well-known feedback control exercise for engineering students, […]
September 13, 2013
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Ball and Beam System Simulator

January 2008: This software was written in C++ as a preliminary study for the final project of Real Time System course at the University. The definitive simulator was then […]
September 3, 2013
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Ball on Plate 2 (Arduino)

August 2010: This is my new touch screen Arduino-based Ball and Plate system, the evolution of my old system shown here. The controller used here is […]
September 2, 2013
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New exoskeleton prototype

I am developing a new exoskeleton to control the upper limbs of Cyclops mk 3. This time, I’m using my dear old wooden puppet Molla as a […]
February 17, 2012
Tripod

Tripod

February 2012: The Tripod is built after the alien invaders of the War of the Worlds movie. Its unique way of walking allows this monster to […]
February 10, 2012

NXT Turtle 2.0

June 1, 2011
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Industrial plant model

September 26, 2010
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Making of NXT Soccer Game

During 2010, Mario Ferrari and I joined the efforts to make a fully autonomous soccer game system using MINDSTORMS NXT. Here’s some picture from the making of […]
September 26, 2010
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Serious NXT Soccer Game

During 2010, Mario Ferrari and I joined the efforts to make a fully autonomous soccer game system using MINDSTORMS NXT. It was a great honor for me […]
August 1, 2010
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Omnibot

August 2010: It seems like yesterday when I started building LEGO MINDSTORMS Robots! Yet, according to my personal archive, this is the 100th invention. Each idea […]
April 26, 2010
ResonantBiped

Resonant biped robot

This LEGO biped robot can walk and turn using just two motors, so the third could be used for moving the arms. It was invented as […]
November 10, 2009
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Audrey II – People Eating Plant

November 2009: Audrey II is a dangerous blood-thirsty men eating plant, often considered as the missing link between the vegetables and mammals. Does not need too […]
September 26, 2008
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Horse race

A day at the races! This is a simple but really funny LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT table game for two players. Hold you controller, and tap on […]
June 1, 2008
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Johnny 5 robot

JohnNXT – Johnny 5 replica

March 17, 2008
Learning-Snail

Q Learning robot snail

January 16, 2008
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Mini JohnNXT

January 2008: Mini JohnNXT is a small scale replica of Johnny 5 robot of the Short Circuit movies from the 80’s. If you do not own […]
July 1, 2006
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Omni-Biped

 July 2006: This smooth walking NXT biped started as an improvement of the Alpharex walking mechanism: in fact, since I built the original humanoid, I disliked the […]
May 17, 2006
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Mine Sweeper

The Mine Sweeper robot scans for black bricks on flat light surfaces, collects and stores them in its large compartment. This robot is described in my book […]
April 17, 2006
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NXT Turtle 1.0

April 2006: This robotic pet features an autonomous behavior modelled using a state machine. It walks around, and when it’s scared by someone approaching or by […]
October 17, 2005
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Semi passive walker (RCX)

October 2005: This RCX walker is semi-passive, that means that while the motor shift the weight of the RCX, the legs are not actuated (they are […]
October 16, 2005
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LEGO Owl

Here’s another biped robot, in the shape of a standing owl. I used only RIS 2.0 parts, plus a rotation sensor. This is a weight-shifting biped walker. It uses 2 […]
October 15, 2005
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Hexapod walker (RCX)

This small LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX hexapod robot can walk and turn in place. It has three motors: Two motors move external legs forward and backward. A […]
September 16, 2005
J5_Head

LEGO Johnny 5 (RCX)

  I developed Johnny 5 from summer 2004 to fall 2005. It features: Tread differential drive Rotating head Raising torso Moving laser Grabbing and lifting hands, driven […]
September 1, 2005
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LEGO MINDSTORMS on/off proximity sensor (RCX)

March 17, 2005
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Little Johnny 5 (RCX)

March 2005: This little cute LEGO replica of Johnny 5 robot has working treads, poseable head, neck, eyebrows, hands and laser gun. It’s built from a single LEGO […]
December 17, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS AT-ST (RCX)

December 2004: This is a walker biped, shaped as the famous chicken walker of the Star Wars movies, the All Terrain – Scout Transport (AT-ST). It can […]
October 5, 2004
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Yellow Dwarf

October 2004: Compact, smooth, and powered by only two motors, this little biped robot uses a standard Lego Light Sensor as proximity sensor, using signals emitted […]
August 1, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX Biped

August 2004: After many trials, here’s a smooth weight shifting biped walker, powered with a single motor. The legs mechanism let it swing side to side while walking. […]
July 17, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS analog proximity sensor (RCX)

July 2004: This is the first custom proximity sensor I made for the RCX, fitted in a box made by two 2×4 bricks. It returns a […]
June 4, 2004
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Angle Sensor for LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX

June 2004: A LEGO rotation sensor for RCX is not so easy to find, and not at all cheap. In many cases it’s not the best way to […]
April 16, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX Input expander

April 2004: With this wonderful device, you can connect up to 8 active sensors to one single RCX Input port. It works bad only for Lego […]
April 16, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX output Multiplexer (MUX)

April 2004: I developed a simple yet effective motor multiplexer for RCX, to raise the number of motors it can drive from 3 to 6. It’s really […]
February 16, 2004
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LEGO MINDSTORMS APU (from Matrix)

February 2004: This is a reproduction of the Armored Personnel Unit (A.P.U.), the notorious Zion Gatekeeper robot from the Matrix movies. It is a biped that […]
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