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Ben Duguid works in London, UK as a Technical Lead for The BIO Agency, mostly delivering web sites on various Microsoft based platforms.

He has run internal training sessions helping other developers get up to speed in the technologies he knows about, and tries hard to get others to do the same.

For what it's worth he is an MCPD in ASP.NET 3.5, and is currently a Pro-Tem Mod on LEGO Answers


Apr
15
comment How do i organize all my LEGO bricks and parts?
Wow! There's a great solution for the cash rich time poor LEGO enthusiast!
Apr
2
comment API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth
Taking a look at the code in the Windows API, there are no external dependencies - so assuming you have access to the Bluetooth ports on iOS/Andriod, there should be nothing stopping you porting this to your platform of choice with a little effort - the main "API" is in the Lego.Ev3.Core namespace, which is pulled into the Phone/Desktop/WinRT projects that provide the communication wrappers that are then used by the sample projects - the Desktop project has the added excitement of Brian's WIImote support ;)
Apr
2
comment API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth
Hmm, I imagine there will be eventually - I'm guessing MS offered to release the Windows one as LEGO hadn't released the "Commander" app on their platform. LEGO did release a BlueTooth Developer Kit and Mobile Application Software for the NXT so it's probably coming.
Apr
1
comment What do the V# codes represent in the LEGO shop?
Where abouts in the shop are you seeing those?
Mar
28
comment Turn a tank a specific number of degrees
One possible reason for using something other than the motor encoder is to account for the slippage - if you don't know how much your tracks are slipping, telling the motor to turn 20 degrees isn't going to result in a 20 degree output.
Mar
25
comment Help identifying Lego Set from bags!
I've combined all this into Joost's answer so that you can accept a "single good answer" ;)
Mar
24
comment Help identifying Lego Set from bags!
Hi Joost, and welcome to LEGO Answers - you can edit your answer to include the updated info from your comment - I'd also be happy if you added in my answer if you think it's correct - I'll delete mine, and we'll have a single definitive answer then ;)
Mar
24
comment Help identifying Lego Set from bags!
Good spot - I was trying to place those Skeleton heads too - they're on the snowmen.
Mar
24
comment What glue should I use for permanent LEGO construction?
Not the Kragle! ;)
Mar
21
comment How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?
You might want to checkout the question How can I use more than three motors which might solve your motor problem. Not sure if you can multiplex sensors though :(
Mar
12
comment Why does the Erling brick have a ridge below its outward facing stud?
@Ambo100 The Cusoo Delorean uses them in this configuration
Mar
10
comment How to minimize the impact of erroneous sensor readings?
Are the items you're tracking moving at all (i.e. other robots) or are they static? If they are static you could just discard the results based on your current speed and previous changes in distance...
Mar
6
comment Is it possible to change the OS in the EV3 Mindstorm Brick
See also Is it safe to try different firmwares on EV3
Mar
5
comment Are there any lego base plates that are compatible with duplo?
You're right - the DUPLO baseplates don't really allow System bricks to connect, while the System -> DUPLO connection is quite good.
Feb
26
comment On what plane is 6912 Super Soarer based?
The lack of armaments probably comes from the fact that LEGO tend not to go in for "war" directly as well as the fact that someone else owns the license for "HM Armed Forces" based construction toys
Feb
26
comment On what plane is 6912 Super Soarer based?
I think "inspired by" is a more accurate question - there are a number of aspects of this model that are "similar to" but not identical to real planes.
Feb
26
comment Which bricks warrant an extra to be included in a set?
It's all about knowing the markdown which still works in the app ;) But yes, it's certainly more bare metal when you're in the app.
Feb
26
comment When and why were pieces 3651 and 3652 discontinued?
Hmm, the new ones clearly look more "realistic" if that's what you're after, but I personally find the original ones to be more useful in a "sticky piston" kind of way ;) And when you add in the bulk needed for the pegs, you're only saving in one dimension...
Feb
25
comment Which bricks warrant an extra to be included in a set?
Not as far as I can see in the history. I've reverted it.
Feb
20
comment Software to do Duplo train track layout?
Rather belated response - No, my WinRail10 instance only had LEGO Trains and LEGO 9V Trains, but I think the points were off in both of those - at least, they don't match the points I've floating around somewhere.