Home / Ramblings (page 3)

Ramblings

Invitation to LEGO Education Community

2014-03-04_13-13-03_thumb.png

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

featured-hdk.png

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 »

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Windows Themes

featured-mindstorms-theme

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.  Both these themes are essentially the same but one uses ... Read More »

Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

featured-virtualnxt

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 until now, you could use the ROBOTC Virtual Worlds, which ... Read More »

Review: Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

9748OT_instant_new.jpg

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 robot.”  It aims to be usable for both an experienced ... Read More »

EV3 Supply Issues

noev3

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 set.  I’ll update when I know more. I am surprised ... Read More »

Review: The LEGO Build-it Book – Volume 1

Buildit1_cover_web.jpg

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.  Lucky for me, the models in this book are mostly ... Read More »

My OHM2013 Talk is Now Online

banner-ohmev3

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 so.  Enjoy (or cringe, whatever you prefer). The video was ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Mindsensors Pi-Pan

20130815_141028.jpg

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 quite a number of days left. The Pi-Pan consists of ... Read More »