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.

  • Talking to your EV3: EV3Messenger

    Talking to your EV3: EV3Messenger

    C#, EV3 October 19, 2013 16:09 no comments

    I was contacted Joeri van Belle last week about a new project that he is working on, a C# project that allows you to send messages to your EV3.  Using it, you can send and receive messages between your EV3 brick and PC. On the brick you can use the […]

     
  • EV3 Supply Issues

    EV3 Supply Issues

    Ramblings October 6, 2013 09:30 5 comments

    It seems that “due to unprecedented demand”, there is a world-wide shortage of EV3 hardware.  This seems to affect the Educational set which some of LEGO’s distributors are marking as out of stock until March 2014.  I currently have no info on what the situation is on the retail EV3 […]

     
  • Stay Sharp: Monobrick for the EV3

    Stay Sharp: Monobrick for the EV3

    C# September 26, 2013 07:44 no comments

    If you’re a fan of C#, then you will love Monobrick, a communication library that works with the EV3.  It uses the EV3’s direct commands to remote control the brick.  It works with both the NXT and the EV3.  You can simply import the library into your project and start […]

     
  • Awesome EV3 Daisy Chain Cable

    Awesome EV3 Daisy Chain Cable

    EV3 September 21, 2013 16:33 1 comment

    Finding the right USB cable for your EV3 daisy chaining needs is not easy.  Most of them will stick out like a sore thumb, but not this one.  It features 90 degree angled connectors that work with you, rather than against you.  I came across this one on Deal Extreme […]

     
  • 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 […]