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.

  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Windows Themes

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Windows Themes

    Ramblings February 9, 2014 08:34 no comments

    I downloaded most of these background pictures from the LEGO EDUCATION website via some Google searching.  They’re very nice high-res images of their models.  The reason I picked the LEGO EDUCATION images is because they’re less busy than the retail ones and have a beautifully clean, uncluttered and white background.  […]

     
  • Tris10: FindBall NXT and EmitIR

    Tris10: FindBall NXT and EmitIR

    Sensors February 2, 2014 18:25 2 comments

    Tristan from Tris10.com (yeah, very clever domain name!) sent me a FindBall NXT and EmitIR to play with and write a ROBOTC driver for. The FindBall NXT The FindBall NXT is a sensor specifically made to locate a 40KHz modulated IR signal, as used by the RoboCup Junior balls.  Tris10 […]

     
  • Review: Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3

    Review: Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3

    Ramblings January 25, 2014 10:04 no comments

    When Damien Kee asked me to write a review for his latest book, the first thought that came to my mind was “Uhm, I am not a teacher! How am I supposed to have an opinion on this?”.  Truth be told, I have done quite a few workshops in classrooms […]

     
  • Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

    Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

    Ramblings January 22, 2014 14:09 no comments

    Robotics is great but if you have a lot of kids that want to take part, you’re going to need a fairly large number of sets.  You don’t want to have spend the first 15 minutes of each class rebuilding the base robot for the lessons of that day. Up […]

     
  • Bricktronics Breakout Board

    Bricktronics Breakout Board

    Experiments January 12, 2014 18:07 no comments

    Last week, I received no less than 6 of the Bricktronics Breakout Boards from Wayne & Layne LLC.  If you think that name sounds familiar, you’re right, they’re the authors of the “Make Lego and Arduino Projects” book.  These adapters would definitely be indispensable if you’re planning to do any […]

     
  • Review: Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

    Review: Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

    Ramblings December 24, 2013 17:12 no comments

    A little while ago, I was asked by Packt Publishing to review one of their new e-books called “Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3” by Gary Garber.  It’s a small (82 pages) e-book that is “A concise guide full of step-by-step recipes to teach you how to build and program an advanced […]

     
  • ROBOTC 3.x Driver Suite is now on Git

    ROBOTC 3.x Driver Suite is now on Git

    ROBOTC Driver Suite December 13, 2013 12:25 2 comments

    The ROBOTC 3.x Driver Suite is in maintenance mode right now and I’ve decided to put it all on Git.  I will no longer create releases like I did before, rather, I will simply push to the repository as bugs are fixed.  There will be no more feature additions to […]

     
  • Setting up a Wi-Fi AP on your Computer: Part 2

    Setting up a Wi-Fi AP on your Computer: Part 2

    EV3 November 5, 2013 11:09 no comments

    Virtual Router Manager In an earlier article, I had written about how to allow your EV3 to connect to your laptop (or desktop) with a shared WiFi network, using a feature called Hosted Network.  It essentially turns your computer into an Access Point (AP).  Since then I’ve had a bit […]

     
  • EV3: Adding a pull-tab to your micro-SD card

    EV3: Adding a pull-tab to your micro-SD card

    EV3 October 29, 2013 13:49 3 comments

    The EV3 has a lot of cool features but a push-to-eject micro-SD card drive isn’t one of them.  It’s fine for users who don’t work with custom Linux distributions on their brick, but a major PITA (no, not the Döner Kebab kind) if you’re like me.  It takes a needle […]

     
  • Breathtaking: Debian Wheezy on the EV3!

    Breathtaking: Debian Wheezy on the EV3!

    EV3 October 28, 2013 19:17 11 comments

    Ralph Hempel is no stranger to MINDSTORMS and he’s been quietly working on something very special: a port of Debian Wheezy on the EV3.  The folks of the Debian organisation wouldn’t let him use the Debian name (for copyright reasons), so this project is called ev3dev. What is ev3dev? It’s […]