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My OHM2013 Talk is Now Online

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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

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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 »

CNC HOWTO: Keeping all your limbs

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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 it out and hang it close to the machine to ... Read More »

EV3 hackathon at the OHM2013 Event!

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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 former manager of the MINDSTORMS robotics community, will be there ... Read More »

ROBOTC Forums now on Mobile Devices!

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You can now access the ROBOTC forums via the Tapatalk application on your mobile device.  It’s very cool and works like a charm.  I just configured it on my HTC Sensation and it looks great. It’s easy to set up, just download the app via the site above, which will redirect you to either the Windows Phone, Apple or the ... Read More »

My interview on The Mindmapping Show

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I wrote about mind maps a while back in an article titled “Freemind: Untangle your Brain”.  Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by Michael Tipper, who runs the site MindmappingShow.com.  For the second episode of his show, “Using Mind Mapping To Create Simplicity Out of Complexity”, he asked me how I used mind maps and how they’ve made a difference in how I ... Read More »

Botbench has reached 400,000 views

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I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when I saw that Botbench had reached 400,000 views! Some other stats: On the busiest day (8 Jan 2013) I had almost 3000 views.  This was mainly caused by the announcement of the EV3. I’ve written 412 posts in total. About a quarter of views come in via search engines. 19% of all ... Read More »

The LEGO Lair V 2.0

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A quick tour of my new and improved LEGO Lair with nice storage system and large desk space.  This is where I do my thing, where I write my drivers and build my robots.  I even tidied it up a bit before I took the video. Read More »

BotBench is on Tumblr!

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BotBench can now also be found on Tumblr! It won’t replace this blog, but it’s a good place for me to put small titbits of news out there that would otherwise just clog up this main site.  I’m busy working on the appearance of it, so it’s likely to change over the next few days. This site will continue to ... Read More »

TechWeek Competition Entry

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I was approached last week by TechWeek to take part in a competition to design an office device. My device is a fairly simple one, maybe not to make, but certainly to use. What is it? It’s the iPIckU, a RaspberryPi based device to help you pick a volunteer for the job that nobody wants.  The device consists of a ... Read More »