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.

  • Mindsensors EV3 USB Console Adapter

    Mindsensors EV3 USB Console Adapter

    EV3 August 5, 2013 19:11 2 comments

    It will come as no surprise that Mindsensors, purveyors of cool stuff, have created a very easy to use LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 USB console adapter.  The EV3 has a serial console, which is accessible on the 1st Sensor Port.  This small device will allow you to simply plug an NXT/EV3 […]

     
  • EV3 Retail to start selling 1 September

    EV3 Retail to start selling 1 September

    EV3 August 1, 2013 15:00 no comments

    “Sometime in fall” now has a proper date: it’s 1 September.  That means you only have to wait one more month before you can buy the EV3 retail set.  Below you can find the press release.  This is awesome news! Check out all the cool bonus models made by the […]

     
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Available

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Available

    Uncategorized July 31, 2013 22:24 20 comments

    At last, the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 source code is now available for your perusal.  It’s been uploaded to the Mindboards Github space: [LINK]. You can simply clone the repository.  It would be really great if you could drop us a note to let us know what you’ve done with it!  […]

     
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Coming Soon!

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Coming Soon!

    EV3 July 31, 2013 07:08 4 comments

    The source code for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 firmware (OS and VM) will be going live at 00:00 CET (Central European Time), 1 August 2013 . Check back on this blog to find out about location of the files and further instructions. The source code includes everything you need to […]

     
  • CNC HOWTO: Keeping all your limbs

    CNC HOWTO: Keeping all your limbs

    Ramblings July 10, 2013 15:18 3 comments

    If you have a CNC machine, which I don’t, and you’re fond of all your limbs, which I am, you may want to take a look at the cool safety guide they made over at RS’s Info Zone.  Click on the picture to go to the full sized one.  Print […]

     
  • EV3 hackathon at the OHM2013 Event!

    EV3 hackathon at the OHM2013 Event!

    Ramblings July 5, 2013 10:43 no comments

    If you haven’t heard of the OHM2013 event then you’ve probably been living under a bit of a rock.  It’s a truly massive hacking event in the Netherlands that takes place every 4 years (albeit under a different name each time).  This year is extra special because Steven Canvin, the […]

     
  • ROBOTC Forums now on Mobile Devices!

    ROBOTC Forums now on Mobile Devices!

    Ramblings July 2, 2013 19:44 no comments

    You can now access the ROBOTC forums via the Tapatalk application on your mobile device.  It’s very cool and works like a charm.  I just configured it on my HTC Sensation and it looks great. It’s easy to set up, just download the app via the site above, which will […]

     
  • Cool project: ROBOTC-based cable cart

    Cool project: ROBOTC-based cable cart

    ROBOTC June 23, 2013 06:57 no comments

    When Melanie Steiner contacted me some time ago with a question about using joystick control in combination with the Mindsensors NXTServo controller, I got curious. What was she making?  It turned out she is one of the members of a small group of students in Switzerland who were taking part […]

     
  • New Release: ROBOTC 3.61

    New Release: ROBOTC 3.61

    ROBOTC June 9, 2013 06:07 no comments

    This is essentially just a maintenance release with a couple of important changes.  The Changelog is small but the fixes are great (taken from the original article): NEW Joystick Configuration Utility – Added compatibility for custom joystick configurations; the Joystick Configuration Utility can now be used to configure a wide […]

     
  • My interview on The Mindmapping Show

    My interview on The Mindmapping Show

    Ramblings June 8, 2013 13:56 no comments

    I wrote about mind maps a while back in an article titled “Freemind: Untangle your Brain”.  Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by Michael Tipper, who runs the site MindmappingShow.com.  For the second episode of his show, “Using Mind Mapping To Create Simplicity Out of Complexity”, he asked me how I used mind […]