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Clearance sale at Mindsensors.com!

Clearance Sale at Mindsensors

If you’re looking to expand your collection of toys to play with or simply can’t pass up a good bargain, check out the clearance sale at Mindsensors.com! There’s a lot of stuff there, so go take a look!  The sale runs until August 21 2015, so don’t wait too long!   Read More »

Coming Soon: OpenElectrons PiStorms


OpenElectrons are continuing their development of awesome stuff for the RPi.  This new product, the PiStorms is a “shield” for the RPi that allows you to connect up to 4 EV3/NXT motors and up to 4 EV3/NXT sensors.  It has a screen on it and can be programmed using a Python API. The RPi communicates with the PiStorms shield through ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: RoboSnap


RoboSnap is a a very compact vision system for the RPi and EV3.  It is based on the very popular PixyCam (CMUCam5) but in a much more compact package. Capable of much more than simply recognising colours, RoboSnap can also detect simple shapes like triangles, rectangles, circles.  It can return provide size, location and colour for these objects, as well ... Read More »

Pimoroni: Excellence in Customer Service

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The other day, I ordered some Raspberry Pi bits and pieces from my local supplier called SOSSolutions.  Among the parts were a Raspberry Pi B V2 and a very fancy looking Pimeroni  Pibow Coupé Ninja.  I noticed the lettering was a bit deeper and slightly less clear than my red Coupé, which I had purchased previously, but it was nothing ... Read More »

I’m going to The Big Bang


I am going to The Big Bang event in about 2 weeks from now.  What is this event, you ask?  It’s a fair for students to learn more about science and technology.  There will be demonstrations, workshops, activities and much, much more.  The UK National VEX Championships are also being held there, so that’ll be super exciting. This year, the venue is in Birmingham ... Read More »

CoderDojo-Metis: More fun than a bag of clowns!


I was invited by Hakan, a Computer Science teacher at the Metis Montessori Lyceum (a secondary level school), to be a guest speaker at the Metis CoderDojo in Amsterdam last weekend and it was so much fun!  The theme for the day was line following robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS.  I was a little intimidated at first, nothing is scarier than ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: License Give-Away


Want to earn a free Virtual Brick license?  Be one of the first 20 to write a review about it on your website, blog or Tumblr or whatever it is you crazy kids use nowadays, and you’ll receive a free license!  Just drop me a mail when it’s up.  How easy is that? Update:  There seems to be some confusion as ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield


  UPDATE 26 JAN: The Kickstarter Project is now live, go check it out: [LINK] OpenElectrons, which is run by the guys who own Mindsensors, are about to start another Kickstarter campaign for their latest creation: the EVShield for Arduino Uno, Duemilanove and Leonardo.  What is it, you might ask?  As Deepak explained it to me: EVShield will support all ... Read More »

Using Robot Virtual Worlds inside a VM

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If you’re like me and you use a lot of Virtual Machines, then this may be of some use to you.  In Robot Virtual Worlds, you have 3 camera settings: Follow mode: you can use the wheel to zoom in and out. Camera view from above Free movement: hold left button and move to move the view. The wheel is ... Read More »



Imagine an EV3 with a backlit screen, a 1GHz CPU, instead a 300MHz one and 8 times more memory, that’s pretty much what the EVB is.  It’s a cape (kind of like an Arduino Shield) for the BeagleBone Black (BBB) and it’s awesome.  It really, really makes me wish the EV3 had a backlit screen like this thing. I was ... Read More »