Archive for category: Ramblings

  • 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 3 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 […]

     
  • 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.  […]

     
  • Review: Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3

    Review: Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3

    Ramblings January 25, 2014 10:04 no comments

    When Damien Kee asked me to write a review for his latest book, the first thought that came to my mind was “Uhm, I am not a teacher! How am I supposed to have an opinion on this?”.  Truth be told, I have done quite a few workshops in classrooms […]

     
  • Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

    Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

    Ramblings January 22, 2014 14:09 no comments

    Robotics is great but if you have a lot of kids that want to take part, you’re going to need a fairly large number of sets.  You don’t want to have spend the first 15 minutes of each class rebuilding the base robot for the lessons of that day. Up […]

     
  • Review: Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

    Review: Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

    Ramblings December 24, 2013 17:12 no comments

    A little while ago, I was asked by Packt Publishing to review one of their new e-books called “Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3” by Gary Garber.  It’s a small (82 pages) e-book that is “A concise guide full of step-by-step recipes to teach you how to build and program an advanced […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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.  […]

     
  • 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 […]