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.

  • Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

    Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

    EV3 July 9, 2014 18:54 no comments

    The long awaited EV3 building and programming book by Laurens Valk is finally available!  It’s called “The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book” and it’s 370+ pages of awesomeness. Where to start?  The book has been printed in full colour, which is a massive improvement over his previous book and a […]

     
  • New: Mindsensors LineLeader v2

    New: Mindsensors LineLeader v2

    Sensors July 9, 2014 17:29 no comments

    Mindsensors have released a new sensor, or rather, a new edition of one of my most favourite ones: the LineLeader v2.  The v2 has a new, better, processor inside and has been optimised to work better with the rather, ehm, tempestuous I2C implementation on the EV3.  That means that you […]

     
  • Making a Difference…

    Making a Difference…

    Ramblings June 13, 2014 10:28 no comments

    It’s not often that I get a shout-out like I did when Eric Smalls mentioned me in his TEDx talk. How do I know this young man?  It all started back in 2010 when he posted a question on the forums He never stopped asking questions and I tried to […]

     
  • Released: ROBOTC 4.10

    Released: ROBOTC 4.10

    ROBOTC May 29, 2014 07:33 no comments

    ROBOTC 4.10 has been released for all platforms, VEX and MINDSTORMS.  The list of changes is enormous,you can find the complete overview here: [LINK].  Here’s a list of the changes, copied from the aforementioned link.  I have highlighted the changes pertaining to LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. It seems that the Driver […]

     
  • VEX IQ Quadruped

    VEX IQ Quadruped

    VEX May 24, 2014 16:41 no comments

    In my last post about the VEX IQ building system I had a small video featuring my VEX Quadruped.  I’ve done a bit of work on it since then and the gait has been greatly improved.  I also added some small rubber feet on the legs.  These are the traction […]

     
  • VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

    VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

    VEX May 18, 2014 12:24 no comments

    What is VEX IQ VEX IQ is the latest offering from VEX. It’s a complete modular robotics system to complement their VEX Cortex range.  The VEX IQ is positioned at a younger audience, from the age of about 8.  It uses plastic parts instead of the Cortex metal parts. Using […]

     
  • My Omniwheel Article in D&T Practice

    My Omniwheel Article in D&T Practice

    Ramblings May 11, 2014 08:23 no comments

    A little while ago I was asked to write a robotics article for the British Design & Technology Practice magazine.  I chose to cover the basics of programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT omniwheel based platform, and the mathematics behind it.  ROBOTC is used as the programming language, but I am sure […]

     
  • Mirobot: An Affordable WiFi Robotics Kit

    Mirobot: An Affordable WiFi Robotics Kit

    Robots May 11, 2014 07:39 no comments

    Mirobot is a very cool open source robotics kit that’s completely open source and very affordable.  When I was contacted by Ben Pirt, the man behind this project, I was admittedly a little skeptical about yet another robotics system.  However, this robotics kit seems very nice and sports some very […]

     
  • EV3 Extended Firmware + VM now on Github

    EV3 Extended Firmware + VM now on Github

    EV3 May 5, 2014 21:35 no comments

    The firmware used by National Instruments and Robomatter for their respective programming environments has been pushed to Github.  It is based on the sources of LEGO’s firmware version 1.05A.  Please note that only the master branch has been pushed out, the private development branches will remain as such. The extended […]

     
  • ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1: Available Now!

    ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1: Available Now!

    EV3, ROBOTC April 23, 2014 07:24 2 comments

    It’s here!  The first beta of ROBOTC for EV3 has arrived! It took a bit longer than we’d hoped for but the wait is over.  You can now program your EV3 with ROBOTC.  This is the first public beta and as with all betas, there will be some missing features […]