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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: BeagleBone Wireless Console

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Can I still call something a “Cool Kickstarter” if it’s on Indiegogo?  Of course I can, this is my site! Deepak from OpenElectrons and Mindsensors let me know they’ve just started a very cool Indiegogo project: a BeagleBone Wiress Console or BBConsole for short.  Not unlike a previous project they did for the Raspberry Pi, this allows you to connect to your BB ... Read More »

New Release: ROBOTC 4.25

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There’s a new release of ROBOTC available for all platforms, version 4.25, the “Blood, Sweat and Tears” edition!  Well, the official name is “Preview Release”, but I think my name is more accurate.  A lot of work into making this release.  So without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the highlights of what’s new. Full EV3 Functionality ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Logitraxx

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Shane Lewis from SL Interphase mailed me to tell me about a Kickstarter project that they’ve been developing.  You may think it is just another robotics platform but this one is significantly different from the herd (or should I say “swarm”?).  This one doesn’t have a microcontroller but uses an FPGA instead!  So what’s an FPGA then?  Shane explains: Field Programmable Gate ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: The Edison

A very cool Kickstarter project was brought to my attention this morning, the Edison.  It’s a very small and light robot that has a surprisingly high number of features up its sleeve.  A few of them should be immediately obvious to most: the LEGO compatible pin holes and knobs.  The bottom of the robot has a few strips of LEGO ... Read More »

Upcoming Project: RPi EV3 Remote

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Inspiration struck me the other day and I’ve come up with a new project.  I’m going to use a Raspberry PI for it, since I am such a fan of Linux, to make a remote control for the EV3.  It’s going to use an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to control the WiFi connected robot.  I ordered the list of component ... Read More »

Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

The long awaited EV3 building and programming book by Laurens Valk is finally available!  It’s called “The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book” and it’s 370+ pages of awesomeness. Where to start?  The book has been printed in full colour, which is a massive improvement over his previous book and a real pleasure to read.  The colours are very bright and ... Read More »

New: Mindsensors LineLeader v2

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Mindsensors have released a new sensor, or rather, a new edition of one of my most favourite ones: the LineLeader v2.  The v2 has a new, better, processor inside and has been optimised to work better with the rather, ehm, tempestuous I2C implementation on the EV3.  That means that you can be sure that it will operate just fine.  Other ... Read More »

Making a Difference…

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It’s not often that I get a shout-out like I did when Eric Smalls mentioned me in his TEDx talk. How do I know this young man?  It all started back in 2010 when he posted a question on the forums He never stopped asking questions and I tried to help him as much as I could.  Thanks to his ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.10

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ROBOTC 4.10 has been released for all platforms, VEX and MINDSTORMS.  The list of changes is enormous,you can find the complete overview here: [LINK].  Here’s a list of the changes, copied from the aforementioned link.  I have highlighted the changes pertaining to LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. It seems that the Driver Suite has not been included with this release.  Fear not!  ... Read More »

VEX IQ Quadruped

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In my last post about the VEX IQ building system I had a small video featuring my VEX Quadruped.  I’ve done a bit of work on it since then and the gait has been greatly improved.  I also added some small rubber feet on the legs.  These are the traction links from the Tank Tread & Intake Kit. Due to ... Read More »