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Becoming Part of the Robomatter Team

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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 Go Pens!) I’ve been involved in one way or another ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: nuFlip – wireless light control

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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 some of its features: Flip switch On/Off from smartphone Configure ... Read More »

HelloSpoon Campaign is live

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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! Read More »

Making Meals Fun: HelloSpoon

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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 help.  Rather than having to depend on another person, the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

My Omniwheel Article in D&T Practice

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A little while ago I was asked to write a robotics article for the British Design & Technology Practice magazine.  I chose to cover the basics of programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT omniwheel based platform, and the mathematics behind it.  ROBOTC is used as the programming language, but I am sure the principles apply to other programming environments, too.  Although, I ... Read More »

Pi Uninterrupted: OpenElectrons PiUPS

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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 external power source.  When this external power source gets disconnected, ... Read More »

Invitation to LEGO Education Community

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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 in learning, so teachers and other educators.  However, due to ... Read More »

EV3 Build Your Own Block and HDK/SDK Docs Available

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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 and so I now feel no reason not share them ... Read More »