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.

  • 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 […]

     
  • HelloSpoon Campaign is live

    HelloSpoon Campaign is live

    Ramblings September 17, 2014 09:12 no comments

    The HelloSpoon project, which I wrote about the other day now has a live campaign on Indiegogo.  This great project has the potential to change every day life for many with motor issues. Go check out out the campaign page, become a contributor and make this project a reality!

     
  • Making Meals Fun: HelloSpoon

    Making Meals Fun: HelloSpoon

    Ramblings September 7, 2014 07:13 no comments

    Great ideas that can improve people’s lives don’t necessarily need to come from big research labs.  The HelloSpoon project is a great example of a project that can help improve people’s lives. What is it? It’s a robotic arm that can spoon feed the infirm, sick or elderly without needing […]

     
  • VEX IQ GoProBot

    VEX IQ GoProBot

    VEX September 5, 2014 15:11 no comments

    My little brother dropped by last weekend, while on his journey through Europe by bike.  So, what’s more fun than playing with robots when it’s raining cats and dogs outside? That’s right, adding cameras to the robots!  I didn’t get any pictures of the robot with the camera on it, […]

     
  • New Release: ROBOTC 4.26

    New Release: ROBOTC 4.26

    ROBOTC September 2, 2014 22:00 no comments

    It’s out!  ROBOTC 4.26 has been released.  You can read all about it here: [LINK].   It has a lot of changes, so be sure to check the complete Changelog.  Now that it’s out, I can focus on finishing up the ROBOTC Driver Suite, which still needs quite a bit […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: BeagleBone Wireless Console

    Cool Kickstarter: BeagleBone Wireless Console

    Ramblings August 19, 2014 07:56 2 comments

    Can I still call something a “Cool Kickstarter” if it’s on Indiegogo?  Of course I can, this is my site! Deepak from OpenElectrons and Mindsensors let me know they’ve just started a very cool Indiegogo project: a BeagleBone Wiress Console or BBConsole for short.  Not unlike a previous project they did for the […]

     
  • New Release: ROBOTC 4.25

    New Release: ROBOTC 4.25

    ROBOTC August 16, 2014 07:47 no comments

    There’s a new release of ROBOTC available for all platforms, version 4.25, the “Blood, Sweat and Tears” edition!  Well, the official name is “Preview Release”, but I think my name is more accurate.  A lot of work into making this release.  So without further ado, let’s have a look at […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: Logitraxx

    Cool Kickstarter: Logitraxx

    Robots August 2, 2014 16:01 no comments

    Shane Lewis from SL Interphase mailed me to tell me about a Kickstarter project that they’ve been developing.  You may think it is just another robotics platform but this one is significantly different from the herd (or should I say “swarm”?).  This one doesn’t have a microcontroller but uses an FPGA instead! […]