Archive for category: Ramblings

  • 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 […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: Mindsensors Pi-Pan

    Cool Kickstarter: Mindsensors Pi-Pan

    Ramblings August 15, 2013 14:24 no comments

    There’s a very cool new project on Kickstarter: the Pi-Pan, a pan-tilt rig for the Raspberry Pi Camera.  This project has been created by Mindsensors, so you can expect a good product.  As you can see from the screenshot, they’ve more than reached their funding goal and they still have […]

     
  • 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 […]