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.

  • 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 […]

     
  • ROBOTC on EV3: Getting Closer!

    ROBOTC on EV3: Getting Closer!

    ROBOTC April 10, 2014 19:58 no comments

    There has been an enormous amount of progress in the past few weeks on the ROBOTC for EV3.  Many bugs and issues were fixed in the base LEGO VM that were causing issues, such as failed auto-id and I2C transactions. Pretty soon I can start working on porting the Driver […]

     
  • Pi Uninterrupted: OpenElectrons PiUPS

    Pi Uninterrupted: OpenElectrons PiUPS

    Ramblings March 6, 2014 09:21 no comments

    Deepak and Nitin Patil from Mindsensors have created another awesome Kickstarter project under the OpenEelectrons.com flag: the PiUPS, an uninterruptable power supply for the Raspberry Pi in a very compact package. It’s an inline power supply system that constantly charges the backup batteries when it’s connected to the mains or another […]

     
  • Invitation to LEGO Education Community

    Invitation to LEGO Education Community

    Ramblings March 4, 2014 14:21 no comments

    If you are involved in LEGO Education, then this may be the perfect place for you to discuss with your peers.  Below is a copy and paste of the original invitation.  The target audience includes parents involved in FLL and people with a general interest in learning and using LEGO […]

     
  • EV3 Build Your Own Block and HDK/SDK Docs Available

    EV3 Build Your Own Block and HDK/SDK Docs Available

    Ramblings February 19, 2014 08:53 7 comments

    These files have existed for a little while now but I never got the official OK to distribute them.  However, one of my readers (Marius Steffen) was given two Dropbox links via LEGO Customer Support to these specific files.  That must mean that the documentation is no longer under NDA […]

     
  • Cool Project: EV3 and NXT over WiFi

    Cool Project: EV3 and NXT over WiFi

    Robots February 10, 2014 08:19 2 comments

    One of my readers, Elias Barcia, mailed me back in May 2013 to ask for some input for a university project he was working on: make the three generations of MINDSTORMS, RCX, NXT and EV3 communicate with eachother.  I gave him some feedback and pointers and some time passed.  I […]

     
  • 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.  […]