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Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.

Awesome YouTube FLL Tutorials

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If you’re an (aspiring) FLL participant or just someone who wants to learn some cool new programming tricks with their EV3, you may be interested in Kyle Markland, a.k.a. Builderdude35’s YouTube channel.  He’s made a whole bunch of very useful videos.  Here are two of them: There are many more: EV3 Robot Design: Building your FLL Robot EV3 Robot Design: ... Read More »

Robot Virtual Worlds on iPad

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If you like programming but don’t have a robot, or you just can’t get enough of programming robots, then go check out the latest version of the Robot Virtual Worlds iPad app.  It was updated yesterday and comes with a massive slew of new features: New control structures: RepeatUntil loops If-Else statements WaitUntil New Sensors: Distance (sonar) Touch Gyro Additional motor commands ... Read More »

I’m going to The Big Bang

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I am going to The Big Bang event in about 2 weeks from now.  What is this event, you ask?  It’s a fair for students to learn more about science and technology.  There will be demonstrations, workshops, activities and much, much more.  The UK National VEX Championships are also being held there, so that’ll be super exciting. This year, the venue is in Birmingham ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.30 / 3.65

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This update is mostly a “bug fix” release to take care of a few issues + inclusion of the recently released VEX Cortex Master Firmware Update (4.25).  If you’re still using 4.27, you can see the changelog from 4.27 to 4.29 here.  The 3.65 version is for teams that still using ROBOTC 3.x for their robots. For those of you ... Read More »

CoderDojo-Metis: More fun than a bag of clowns!

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I was invited by Hakan, a Computer Science teacher at the Metis Montessori Lyceum (a secondary level school), to be a guest speaker at the Metis CoderDojo in Amsterdam last weekend and it was so much fun!  The theme for the day was line following robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS.  I was a little intimidated at first, nothing is scarier than ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.29

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So you think you can Changelog?  Grab a cup of coffee and something to eat, because this is a LONG list.  ROBOTC 4.29 is out we’ve made a lot of changes to all platforms.  Many bugs were squashed and some new features were added  Please note that the Changelog is split up into changes from 4.27 (previous release) to 4.28 ... Read More »

Coding with Codie

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  Codie is an artisanal robot, hand-crafted from wood.  However, don’t let the old school materials fool you; inside the wooden exterior hides a sophisticated robot.  It sports quite a number of sensors, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, allowing you communicate with it wirelessly. The thing that really caught my eye with Codie was the software.  It is colourful, looks ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: License Give-Away

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Want to earn a free Virtual Brick license?  Be one of the first 20 to write a review about it on your website, blog or Tumblr or whatever it is you crazy kids use nowadays, and you’ll receive a free license!  Just drop me a mail when it’s up.  How easy is that? Update:  There seems to be some confusion as ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield

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  UPDATE 26 JAN: The Kickstarter Project is now live, go check it out: [LINK] OpenElectrons, which is run by the guys who own Mindsensors, are about to start another Kickstarter campaign for their latest creation: the EVShield for Arduino Uno, Duemilanove and Leonardo.  What is it, you might ask?  As Deepak explained it to me: EVShield will support all ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: A First Look – Making a Line Follower

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Robomatter has released a new product called the Virtual Brick.  They have re-engineered the Virtual NXT and added new functionality, new blocks, improved robot performance, as well as a new interface to make the Virtual Brick much easier to use with the EV3.  The “Brick” part is because it now works with both LEGO bricks; the NXT and EV3. What is the ... Read More »