Archive for category: Ramblings

  • Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield

    Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield

    Ramblings January 23, 2015 06:37 no comments

    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 NXT, EV3 motors, and most […]

     
  • Using Robot Virtual Worlds inside a VM

    Using Robot Virtual Worlds inside a VM

    Ramblings January 15, 2015 17:37 no comments

    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 […]

     
  • The FATCATLAB’s Meow: EVB

    The FATCATLAB’s Meow: EVB

    Ramblings December 17, 2014 10:23 1 comment

    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 […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: DynePod: Bringing You The Internet of Toys

    Cool Kickstarter: DynePod: Bringing You The Internet of Toys

    Ramblings November 16, 2014 10:10 no comments

    The DynePod Internet of Toys product I wrote about a little while ago now has a live Kickstarter campaign!  Go check it out, there may be a few Early Bird rewards left, but they’re selling quite nicely!  I love that there’s a “Maker Pack” reward that comes with a programming […]

     
  • Internet of Toys: DynePods

    Internet of Toys: DynePods

    Ramblings November 7, 2014 08:31 no comments

    What is this?  Something that’s not directly robot related?  Why, yes it is!  I was contacted by Beth Winkowski, the PR person for Dynepic about an upcoming Kickstarter campaign.  It was a standard email and I wasn’t sure if the product, DynaPod, was something my readers would be interested in.  I decided […]

     
  • Mindboards forums are back!

    Mindboards forums are back!

    Ramblings November 3, 2014 07:09 no comments

    If you receive a mail like the following below, don’t panic, it’s not a phishing expedition by some ruthless hacker.  You’re seeing the fruits of the hard labour that Sebastian Trella has done to resurrect the Mindboards forums.  Please spread the news on your blog, if you have one. Dear […]

     
  • Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

    Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

    Ramblings October 5, 2014 12:51 6 comments

    As of 1 December 2014, I will be become part of the Robomatter team.  It’s quite a radical change from my current day job as an IT Infrastructure Architect at CGI.  It will also mean relocating from the Netherlands to Pittsburgh, USA, home of Carnegie Mellon University and The Penguins. (Let’s […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

    Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

    Ramblings September 28, 2014 12:26 no comments

    OpenElectrons has created another Kickstarter Project: the nuFlip.  What’s that, you ask?  It’s a Bluetooth controlled light switch adapter that you can mount on existing North American style light switches.  There’s no need for complicated electrical reworking, it simply sits on top of your existing switches! Here’s a list of […]

     
  • HelloSpoon Campaign is live

    HelloSpoon Campaign is live

    Ramblings September 17, 2014 09:12 no comments

    The HelloSpoon project, which I wrote about the other day now has a live campaign on Indiegogo.  This great project has the potential to change every day life for many with motor issues. Go check out out the campaign page, become a contributor and make this project a reality!

     
  • Making Meals Fun: HelloSpoon

    Making Meals Fun: HelloSpoon

    Ramblings September 7, 2014 07:13 no comments

    Great ideas that can improve people’s lives don’t necessarily need to come from big research labs.  The HelloSpoon project is a great example of a project that can help improve people’s lives. What is it? It’s a robotic arm that can spoon feed the infirm, sick or elderly without needing […]