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I'm a Senior Software Developer. I strive to be a polymathic person interested in a range of subjects which positions me as an Innovator, Problem Solver and Solution Designer.

I gained a broad set of experiences by programming since 1993 in different fields of engineering application. With a speciality in computer vision & CAD, I’m also the inventor of a US patent-pending algorithm in the field of Facility Management.

My current technology focus is on Cloud Computing, mobile computing and HPC. At home I do math, robotics and sculpting.


Nov
21
comment How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?
I thought of that. Sliding a beam under the read rounded beam would do the trick. The beam would be attached to the fixed part of the mechanism and, using LEGO elastics, would slide under the red beam when the mechanism rotates from under the driver pins. When the key is rotated back, that beam would be pushed out of the way, freeing the driver pins to move down. The beauty is that, when the right key is in, all the driver pins are flushed (same height). This is a lot easier to manage.
Nov
20
comment How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?
@Ambo100 There you go, I added an edit.
Nov
11
comment Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?
@Reven You could reference to the other question in the last part.
Nov
11
comment Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?
this question looks like a duplicate of bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/102/…
Nov
9
comment Are the X-Pods balanced?
@Joe Wreschnig I'm ok with that. It's like you other question (bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/365/…) and if we had the game rules we could answer this question. It would be cool to analyse this.
Nov
8
comment Are the X-Pods balanced?
Do you have a link to the rules?
Nov
8
comment How would you make a good pivot-arm suspension?
In the end I will build a system like this one. When get to it I'll post a link to pictures.
Nov
8
comment What is the first day of the 2011 Star Wars advent calendar supposed to be?
I though basic Star Wars knowledge was mandatory in since 1981
Nov
8
comment How can I make a working pin tumbler lock?
@Ambo100 if you build your cylinders with rounded ends they will accept the imperfections. you could use Technic axles and cap them with a Axle Towball (2736)
Nov
8
comment Why did Technic bricks have holes in the studs?
I tried stuff with the beams and changed my super bad answer for this one
Nov
4
comment Why aren't LEGO bricks cubic?
In the same line: Why is a plate 1/3 of the brick's height?
Nov
4
comment Has anyone automated the LEGO hand sorting process beyond “pawing & piling”?
@MajorStackings The hard part is not the output mechanism. Recognizing the bricks is everything and this system is amazing at that (even using computer vision). Once that's done, optimizing the speed can be done several ways and on several components (software, mechanical, structural). One simple way to augment the speed would be to put many similar detectors in parallel but connected to the same input and output systems.
Nov
3
comment Has anyone automated the LEGO hand sorting process beyond “pawing & piling”?
@MajorStakings How is this not helpful? The only difference with what you want is the output sorter (shoots instead of buckets)
Nov
2
comment Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks?
@Kramii There goes my Arduino answer...
Nov
2
comment Is there a logic to the way The LEGO Group fills the plastic bags?
poka-yoke is not only for manual jobs but for automated systems (as stated in the page I linked to). I'll remove my last sentence since it assumes that Lego as some manual packaging. The rest is good I would be really surprised if they were not using an existing method like poka-yoke.
Nov
2
comment What are some 3rd party mini-figure gun makers that distribute in Canada?
Please do a simple research before asking a question.
Nov
2
comment What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?
RCX also had third party sensors (sonic range finders, IR range finders, ...). I'll try to find a reference (...it was ten years ago)
Nov
1
comment What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?
@daviesgeek I don't know anything about NXT. This is why I didn't add this as an answer but it would prefer to add it to this answer (I will edit it, since it's a CW)
Nov
1
comment What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?
Two things: 1) RCX can also use pins, but as only 4 connection points. 2)You can use more than the graphical programming with RCX. You can use NQC (C like programming) or straight C code (if I remember correctly, by using a third party library)
Oct
31
comment Bridge from just basic bricks?
To prevent the stack-of-plate loophole, most Lego bridge contest now have a weight limit.