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Studl.es releases all instructions for free

Pepijn de Vos, who runs Studle.es, has made all of his building instructions available to everyone for free.  His reason?  Simple: …I concluded that I feel better about sharing them with as many people as possible than sharing them with a handful and making a few bucks. Despite all the effort that went into making them, he’s decided that it’s ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Dexter Industries BrickPi


Dexter Industries have launched a Kickstarter project for the BrickPi!  Become a backer and get one of these super cool shields for your Raspberry Pi.  I wrote about the BrickPi not that long ago and I think this a really awesome addition to the Raspberry Pi ecosphere! As of writing this article, the project is at almost 25% of total ... Read More »

Dexter Industries BrickPi


The BrickPi is Dexter Industries latest project.  It’s an interface board, or shield, for the super popular Raspberry Pi, a cheap ($25) and small but very powerful processor board that runs Linux.  The BrickPi allows you to easily interface your NXT motors and sensors with the RasPi, without having to cut up cables or otherwise damage your precious LEGO parts. ... Read More »

XPrize After Earth Challenge


There is an exciting new challenge for kids between the ages of 13 and 17.  How can you enter? First you must create a 2 minute video, explaining how you would tackle two global issues that affect Planet Earth.  You also have to outline a plan of how you would use an unmanned rover to explore an new planet, to ... Read More »

Robotics Academy Summer of Learning


The summer of 2013 is gearing up to be more than just a time for chilling by the pool! The 2013 Summer of Learning is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy and uses their Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) Project to host all training plus resources provided by The Robotics Education Foundation, VEX Robotics Inc., and Robomatter Inc. This summer ... Read More »

New Toys – Wheelphone and Seeedstudio DSO Quad


Today, my friends from DHL brought me some new toys!  Thanks to Yassine from Generation Robots for sending me these to play with: A pre-production model of the Wheelphone robot – a robot frame that can be connected to either an iPhone or an Android phone A Seeedstudio DSO Quad, a 4 channel digital storage oscilloscope The Wheelphone The Wheelphone ... Read More »

News from Dexter Industries


Some exciting things are happening with Dexter Industries.  Earlier this week they announced they’re working on a couple of mystery products.  Here they are, as they appear on the DI website. Mystery Project #1 This appears to be a Raspberry Pi with a custom shield on top of it that has NXT connectors.  It is hard to tell how many ... Read More »

ROBOTC Driver Suite is FTC Legal


For about two weeks there was  a bit of a scare, while the FIRST folks were deciding whether or not my Driver Suite was actually legal to use in the FTC.  It had been used for years prior to someone actually asking the question.  Their initial reaction was “no”, but with a little coaxing from the people at Robomatter, they ... Read More »

The squeaky wheel gets the…certification.


I was incensed when I read that a student by the name of Landon Woollard from Shasta High School in Redding, CA was the first student to get his ROBOTC certification.  First of all, I had no idea this certification even existed,l nobody told me! Imagine that.  Now, second of all, I didn’t even receive an honourary certification in lieu ... Read More »

Free E-Book: Fully ARMed NXT


Hot off the virtual press, one of Mindboards’ most technical users, tcwan (real name Tat-Chee Wan), has published an e-book called “Fully ARMed NXT”.  The book is a highly technical book, which will teach you all the ins and outs of programming ARM assembler, using NXOS.  NXOS is an open source real time OS for the NXT. At almost 300 ... Read More »