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Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.

Cool Kickstarter: DynePod: Bringing You The Internet of Toys

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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 cable, so you can reprogram it, like an Arduino! Read More »

Internet of Toys: DynePods

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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 to respond and tell her I’d pass it on to ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.27

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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 systems and includes new features, functionality and a load of ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Ground Drone

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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 articulated sections that you can easily exchange.  Here are two ... Read More »

Mindboards forums are back!

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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 mindboards.net forum member: The MindBOARDS forums have finally been moved ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Mindsensors EV3 Sensor MUX

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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 square.  Other features include: Support for all EV3 sensors (UART ... Read More »

Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

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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 Go Pens!) I’ve been involved in one way or another ... Read More »

EV3_IDE: ANSI C on the EV3

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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 chip.  It’s simply called EV3_IDE.  The nice thing about it ... Read More »

Conway’s Game of Life

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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 an infinite two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells, each of ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

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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 some of its features: Flip switch On/Off from smartphone Configure ... Read More »