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ALBERT - Alexa-controlled LEGO Biological ExpeRimenT

December 24, 2019 #ev3#space#challenge

Hackster recently (read: September) announced a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and Alexa challenge. I’ve had quite a bit of experience with the NXT kit (unfortunately, all before I had any online presence), know Python and Node.js pretty well, and am comfortable with embedded Linux development via the Raspberry Pi, so I thought, hey why not give it a shot?

Here’s the result:

Basically, its a voice-controlled laboratory that can create and innoculate agar plates. My concept was a microgravity laboratory that astronauts could easily interact with without needing tons of training or constant contact with mission control. Check out the full project on Hackster and the code on GitHub.

Also, through this project, I discovered the super cool Studio CAD software for LEGOs. These photorealistic renderings are pretty awesome.

arm workstation plate holder


Matthew Russell

Written by Matthew Russell who lives in Lexington, KY, studies machine learning at the University of Kentucky, and interns at NASA. Get to know him or check out his projects on GitHub.