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 Build-it Book – Volume 1

    Review: The LEGO Build-it Book – Volume 1

    Ramblings September 15, 2013 12:41 no comments

    As most of my readers know, I am not much of a studded LEGO builder, most of my creations are Technic studless LEGO.  When Starch approached me to review this book I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to do build any of the models in it.  […]

     
  • New Release: ROBOTC 3.62

    New Release: ROBOTC 3.62

    ROBOTC September 8, 2013 10:42 no comments

    This is most likely the last 3.x ROBOTC release.  It fixes a couple of things, you can find the list of changes below.  Download your copy of it here: [LINK]. 3.61 to 3.62 Changelog Bug Fix: Fixed additional bug in “NXT Brick – Joystick” windows with the “Improper Argument” message […]

     
  • HiTechnic Sensor EV3 Blocks

    HiTechnic Sensor EV3 Blocks

    EV3 September 4, 2013 10:45 2 comments

    HiTechnic has brought out a couple of EV3 programming blocks for its sensors. The blocks and instructions on how to import them into your software can be found here: [LINK]. With these blocks you will be able to use the Angle, Compass, Accelerometer, IRSeekerV2, and Gyro sensors.  Cool!

     
  • New MINDSTORMS EV3 Site is Live!

    New MINDSTORMS EV3 Site is Live!

    EV3 August 29, 2013 12:42 6 comments

    The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 website is live! You can download the software while you wait for your set to arrive.  You can also see all the cool bonus models in great detail.  So what are you waiting for?  Point your browser here and check it out!

     
  • Controlling the EV3 over TCP/IP

    Controlling the EV3 over TCP/IP

    EV3 August 26, 2013 12:02 no comments

    Anders Søborg has written a great guide on how to establish a TCP/IP connection with the EV3: [LINK].  He’s working on a C# library that will make it very easy to remote control your brick this way, using direct commands over TCP/IP.  It’ll be part of the next release of […]

     
  • PSA: Issues with Some EV3 Battery Packs

    PSA: Issues with Some EV3 Battery Packs

    EV3 August 23, 2013 08:16 1 comment

    Over the past few days I’ve seen stories regarding the LEGO Education EV3 Battery Pack circulating on the various forums and FB groups.  Yesterday LEGO Education released a statement to customers and partners who are affected by this issue, confirming the problem.  I’ve put a small excerpt of the statement […]

     
  • My OHM2013 Talk is Now Online

    My OHM2013 Talk is Now Online

    Ramblings August 20, 2013 07:27 no comments

    I did a short talk on the OHM2013 event about hacking the brick.  I spoke about some of the projects I did with the NXT and the things I am doing with the EV3.  In retrospect, I should’ve prepared a little more but I didn’t really have time to do […]

     
  • Tutorial: Using the Mindsensors EV3Console in Linux

    Tutorial: Using the Mindsensors EV3Console in Linux

    Tutorials August 18, 2013 07:24 3 comments

    If you have the Mindsensors EV3Console and you’re keen to use it on Linux, you’ll find that it is not immediately detected by the drivers built-in to Ubuntu 13.04.  Have no fear, though, it’s fairly easy to fix.  The specific distribution used here is Ubuntu 13.04.  If you’re using something […]

     
  • Coming Soon: Mindsensors EV3 Sensor adapter for NXT or Arduino

    Coming Soon: Mindsensors EV3 Sensor adapter for NXT or Arduino

    Sensors August 17, 2013 08:19 no comments

    You read it right. Not even 3 weeks after the EV3 has started shipping, Mindsensors are working on getting ready to release another cool gadget for it.  This time it’s an EV3 Sensor adapter for NXT or Arduino.  It seems to allow you to connect the new EV3 sensors to […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: Mindsensors Pi-Pan

    Cool Kickstarter: Mindsensors Pi-Pan

    Ramblings August 15, 2013 14:24 no comments

    There’s a very cool new project on Kickstarter: the Pi-Pan, a pan-tilt rig for the Raspberry Pi Camera.  This project has been created by Mindsensors, so you can expect a good product.  As you can see from the screenshot, they’ve more than reached their funding goal and they still have […]