The new 'V' energy drink Advert with Monster truck - And how to make your own

, posted: 2-Dec-2008 16:42

If you been watching the TV over the last few days, you would have spotted the new 'V' advert featuring a monster truck. The whole thing is done very cleverly: It starts off with an amateurish cameraman filming his two mates finding an unattended monster truck (+ remote) with a big 'V' bottle strapped to it (yeap! - a hidden message to Red Bull drinkers). They turn on the remote and try to figure it out and in the process destroy a car in the Mitre 10 car park in Wanaka.

Monster truck from the 'V' energy drink advert

Video of my NXT monster truck

The complete video, done with Windows Moviemaker style editing to give an impression that it was done with a mobile phone even mimicking the shakes and the amateurish titles.

The advert has a URL link which takes you to a blog which is a centerpiece of a cleverly executed viral marketing type campaign that is going to run by itself once a critical mass of people have seen it on TV, and people start sending the link of the YouTube video.

But I am pretty impressed by the whole thing - it pretty much tunes into its target market.

But being a geek dad, what impressed me even more is the concept of the Monster truck itself.

Would n't it be cool to build your own monster truck?

That is what I did over the weekend. Inspired by the advert, I decided to build a remote controlled monster truck robot:
The picture on the left is the real remote controlled monster truck from the advert, and the one on the right is the NXT version !

The only thing the NXT is doing in the truck is to provide power to the motors and act as a Bluetooth receiver for my my mobile phone I was using to control the robot!

To get the real feel of a Monster truck, I used 4 TECHNIC tractor wheels, and 4 PF-XL motors.

With 4 direct drive wheels, the vehicle can handle any terrain. The giant tractor wheels are amazing - it is great to watch it climb over rocks, mud and ride through long grass - that normal NXT robots struggle with.

Check out the video ...
Video of the NXT monster truck

In the coming weeks, I will be extending this vehicle with more autonomy, more features .....

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Comment by pebbles, on 2-Dec-2008 18:00

thats very cool!!! and my gosh that advert is awesome too :)

Comment by Jason Kyle, on 23-Jun-2009 08:37

Hi, Please contact me regarding FLL in NZ.

Comment by seanh, on 27-Jun-2009 11:32

Hi BlueTothKiwi, please excuse the intrusion but

I don't know how else to get in touch with you.

I have just bought the one-kit-wonders book and have gotten stuck as I can't identify some of the parts - the illustrations are rendered too dark to tell what some of the black pieces are. Do you have links to online versions of the illustrations, so I can turn up the contrast and see what they are?

In return I'd be happy to share whatever nxj java code I end up writing for each of the bots in the book that I manage to build.

Thanks in advance for any response, you have my email address now.


Auckland NZ

Author's note by BlueToothKiwi, on 29-Jun-2009 10:40

Hello Sean H.
First of all thank you for buying the book. I appreciate your feedback. I will make sure that I will never publish a Black and white book ever again. The next one I will author will be in full colour - so you wont have that issue again.
Regarding your question - the best place to address this sort of questions are in the Book forum - which are answered by ALL the NXTStep authors:
Regarding the book instructions - No - I no longer have the instructions in digital format - but you may find this link useful:
It is one half of my Bike chapter in PDF format.

Comment by Charlotte pope, on 3-Mar-2013 20:10

Hi was thinking how awesome it would be to go in this to my ball is that possible to hire it for like an hour ?(:

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I am a project manager / consultant that specialises in implementing cloud computing and Customer Relationship Management Systems. I also develop applications and especially interested in Smart tablet interfaces and Clouds.

I live in Auckland with my partner and four children. For fun, I am into robotics - My children and I spend a lot of time building robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS. I am also one of the 30 people from around the world selected by LEGO as an MCP (Mindstorms Community Partner).

My other interests include mobile devices and mountain-biking.