Archive for category: Robots

  • Cool Kickstarter: The Edison

    Cool Kickstarter: The Edison

    Robots July 31, 2014 11:17 no comments

    A very cool Kickstarter project was brought to my attention this morning, the Edison.  It’s a very small and light robot that has a surprisingly high number of features up its sleeve.  A few of them should be immediately obvious to most: the LEGO compatible pin holes and knobs.  The […]

     
  • Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

    Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

    EV3 July 9, 2014 18:54 no comments

    The long awaited EV3 building and programming book by Laurens Valk is finally available!  It’s called “The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book” and it’s 370+ pages of awesomeness. Where to start?  The book has been printed in full colour, which is a massive improvement over his previous book and a […]

     
  • VEX IQ Quadruped

    VEX IQ Quadruped

    VEX May 24, 2014 16:41 no comments

    In my last post about the VEX IQ building system I had a small video featuring my VEX Quadruped.  I’ve done a bit of work on it since then and the gait has been greatly improved.  I also added some small rubber feet on the legs.  These are the traction […]

     
  • VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

    VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

    VEX May 18, 2014 12:24 no comments

    What is VEX IQ VEX IQ is the latest offering from VEX. It’s a complete modular robotics system to complement their VEX Cortex range.  The VEX IQ is positioned at a younger audience, from the age of about 8.  It uses plastic parts instead of the Cortex metal parts. Using […]

     
  • Mirobot: An Affordable WiFi Robotics Kit

    Mirobot: An Affordable WiFi Robotics Kit

    Robots May 11, 2014 07:39 no comments

    Mirobot is a very cool open source robotics kit that’s completely open source and very affordable.  When I was contacted by Ben Pirt, the man behind this project, I was admittedly a little skeptical about yet another robotics system.  However, this robotics kit seems very nice and sports some very […]

     
  • EV3 Extended Firmware + VM now on Github

    EV3 Extended Firmware + VM now on Github

    EV3 May 5, 2014 21:35 no comments

    The firmware used by National Instruments and Robomatter for their respective programming environments has been pushed to Github.  It is based on the sources of LEGO’s firmware version 1.05A.  Please note that only the master branch has been pushed out, the private development branches will remain as such. The extended […]

     
  • ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1: Available Now!

    ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1: Available Now!

    EV3, ROBOTC April 23, 2014 07:24 2 comments

    It’s here!  The first beta of ROBOTC for EV3 has arrived! It took a bit longer than we’d hoped for but the wait is over.  You can now program your EV3 with ROBOTC.  This is the first public beta and as with all betas, there will be some missing features […]

     
  • Cool Project: EV3 and NXT over WiFi

    Cool Project: EV3 and NXT over WiFi

    Robots February 10, 2014 08:19 2 comments

    One of my readers, Elias Barcia, mailed me back in May 2013 to ask for some input for a university project he was working on: make the three generations of MINDSTORMS, RCX, NXT and EV3 communicate with eachother.  I gave him some feedback and pointers and some time passed.  I […]

     
  • Setting up a Wi-Fi AP on your Computer: Part 2

    Setting up a Wi-Fi AP on your Computer: Part 2

    EV3 November 5, 2013 11:09 no comments

    Virtual Router Manager In an earlier article, I had written about how to allow your EV3 to connect to your laptop (or desktop) with a shared WiFi network, using a feature called Hosted Network.  It essentially turns your computer into an Access Point (AP).  Since then I’ve had a bit […]

     
  • EV3: Adding a pull-tab to your micro-SD card

    EV3: Adding a pull-tab to your micro-SD card

    EV3 October 29, 2013 13:49 2 comments

    The EV3 has a lot of cool features but a push-to-eject micro-SD card drive isn’t one of them.  It’s fine for users who don’t work with custom Linux distributions on their brick, but a major PITA (no, not the Döner Kebab kind) if you’re like me.  It takes a needle […]