Articles by: Xander
Infrastructure architect by day, and robotics enthusiast by night. Xander builds and programs robots and sensors. He is also one of the founders of the Mindboards forums. As a member of the LEGO MCP, he helps spread the word about the LEGO Mindstorms robotics platform.

  • Cool Kickstarter: DynePod: Bringing You The Internet of Toys

    Cool Kickstarter: DynePod: Bringing You The Internet of Toys

    Ramblings November 16, 2014 10:10 no comments

    The DynePod Internet of Toys product I wrote about a little while ago now has a live Kickstarter campaign!  Go check it out, there may be a few Early Bird rewards left, but they’re selling quite nicely!  I love that there’s a “Maker Pack” reward that comes with a programming […]

     
  • Internet of Toys: DynePods

    Internet of Toys: DynePods

    Ramblings November 7, 2014 08:31 no comments

    What is this?  Something that’s not directly robot related?  Why, yes it is!  I was contacted by Beth Winkowski, the PR person for Dynepic about an upcoming Kickstarter campaign.  It was a standard email and I wasn’t sure if the product, DynaPod, was something my readers would be interested in.  I decided […]

     
  • Released: ROBOTC 4.27

    Released: ROBOTC 4.27

    ROBOTC November 7, 2014 07:33 no comments

    This is a copy of the post on the ROBOTC website, the original announcement can be found here: [LINK]. The ROBOTC Development Team is very excited to announce our latest release update, ROBOTC 4.27! This update is for the both the VEX Robotics (CORTEX and IQ) and LEGO MINDSTORMS (NXT and EV3) robotics […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: Ground Drone

    Cool Kickstarter: Ground Drone

    Robots November 4, 2014 21:23 no comments

    This time it’s not a little robot for educational purposes, but rather a kick-ass looking robotics platform that can even climb stairs!  Before I start going into details, check out the video. This thing looks like it could come straight out of an action movie! It it made up of […]

     
  • Mindboards forums are back!

    Mindboards forums are back!

    Ramblings November 3, 2014 07:09 no comments

    If you receive a mail like the following below, don’t panic, it’s not a phishing expedition by some ruthless hacker.  You’re seeing the fruits of the hard labour that Sebastian Trella has done to resurrect the Mindboards forums.  Please spread the news on your blog, if you have one. Dear […]

     
  • Coming Soon: Mindsensors EV3 Sensor MUX

    Coming Soon: Mindsensors EV3 Sensor MUX

    Sensors October 25, 2014 07:19 no comments

    Deepak from Mindsensors told me they have a new device coming out soon: a Sensor MUX for the NXT and EV3. What makes this one different from the MUXes out there?  Well for one, it’s very compact, only 42 mm x 48 mm, with mounting holes in a 4 x 5 studs […]

     
  • Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

    Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

    Ramblings October 5, 2014 12:51 6 comments

    As of 1 December 2014, I will be become part of the Robomatter team.  It’s quite a radical change from my current day job as an IT Infrastructure Architect at CGI.  It will also mean relocating from the Netherlands to Pittsburgh, USA, home of Carnegie Mellon University and The Penguins. (Let’s […]

     
  • EV3_IDE: ANSI C on the EV3

    EV3_IDE: ANSI C on the EV3

    Programming October 2, 2014 14:01 no comments

    If you’re keen to do ANSI C programming on your EV3 but are not a big fan of using Emacs, Eclipse or vi, then this may just be the thing for you.  It’s a .Net based IDE, running on Windows, that uses the standard gcc toolkit for the EV3’s ARM9 […]

     
  • Conway’s Game of Life

    Conway’s Game of Life

    ROBOTC September 30, 2014 13:50 no comments

    I’ve always wanted to make a ROBOTC version of Conway’s famous Game of Life. It was first thought of back in 1940, so it’s a real piece of computer science history.  The Game of Life has very simple rules: (taken from WikiPedia) The universe of the Game of Life is […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

    Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

    Ramblings September 28, 2014 12:26 no comments

    OpenElectrons has created another Kickstarter Project: the nuFlip.  What’s that, you ask?  It’s a Bluetooth controlled light switch adapter that you can mount on existing North American style light switches.  There’s no need for complicated electrical reworking, it simply sits on top of your existing switches! Here’s a list of […]