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.

  • Released: ROBOTC 4.28

    Released: ROBOTC 4.28

    ROBOTC December 24, 2014 08:36 no comments

    Just in time for Christmas! A new release of ROBOTC for both LEGO MINDSTORMS and VEX.  So many new features and bug fixes have been added for all the platforms that the original ROBOTC blog had to have two separate posts for the releases.  I won’t rehash everything that’s on […]

     
  • Coming Soon: Mindsensors Grove Sensor Adapter for EV3 or NXT

    Coming Soon: Mindsensors Grove Sensor Adapter for EV3 or NXT

    Sensors December 20, 2014 17:37 no comments

    I was wondering if a one of the 3rd party sensor companies was ever going to come up with an EV3/NXT adapter for the Grove System.  Not sure what it is?  Grove System is an interface standard that allows you to connect all sorts of peripherals to your microcontroller.  There […]

     
  • The FATCATLAB’s Meow: EVB

    The FATCATLAB’s Meow: EVB

    Ramblings December 17, 2014 10:23 1 comment

    Imagine an EV3 with a backlit screen, a 1GHz CPU, instead a 300MHz one and 8 times more memory, that’s pretty much what the EVB is.  It’s a cape (kind of like an Arduino Shield) for the BeagleBone Black (BBB) and it’s awesome.  It really, really makes me wish the […]

     
  • Rotacaster Omniwheel Sale on NOW!

    Rotacaster Omniwheel Sale on NOW!

    Uncategorized December 2, 2014 09:22 no comments

    If you’re looking to get some of the coolest wheels available on the market today, then go check out the Rotacaster Omniwheels.  They’re currently having a sale on their website with a 15% discount.  You can find their shop site here: [LINK].  Use the discount code: RoboticsXmas to get the 15% off. […]

     
  • Mindsensors Programming Poll

    Mindsensors Programming Poll

    Uncategorized November 22, 2014 16:17 no comments

    Mindsensors are doing a poll to find out which is your favourite programming environment for the EV3!  You can guess which one I picked. That’s right, ROBOTC, of course. You can find the poll on their page, on the left side, half way down and just below the downloads menu. […]

     
  • 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 […]