New year, new challenges

So, apologies for the lack of updates.  Work in the O2 Lab has been pretty busy in a fun way.  I also been doing a lot in the robotics area (see my youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/burf2000).

So, as for coding I have been working in Java/Android/Lejos when working on my LEGO robots, a lot of this I have opened sourced on GitHub.

As for non robotic stuff, I have been tasked with learning more about Virtual Reality and learning Unity (Best tool for the job), and I have to be honest, now that I have thrown some proper time at Unity, I really like it!  Virtual Reality is enabled by a tick box.

So I don’t have much to show yet but some cool VR stuff will be coming soon 🙂

 

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Book Review : Hacking Your Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit by John Baichtal

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I have known John for a few years now due to him doing a write up on my LEGO Wheelchair for Make, back then he was working on a book that covered using LEGO and Arduino’s together, called Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics.  It’s a fantastic book!

His new book, Hacking Your Lego Mindstorms EV3 is on a similar theme but of course for the EV3, not the NXT.  It also covers making your own parts via 3D Printing and Laser cutting which I found very useful.

The book features nice colourful based instructions to build 5 projects and then how to hack each one (e.g change the EV3 for a Arduino or Pi).  Like the previous book, this book uses products from Wayne and Layne e.g the Bricktronic Shield however also includes hacks / projects using the Raspberry Pi. I would of liked to have seen the introduction to Electronics chapter added to this book which exists in the previous book.  I believe this book is more designed for beginners than the previous book.

If you own a EV3 and want to take it to the next step by using another controller, this book is a very good introduction for you.

 

 

What have I been up to?

So, as you may or may not know, I changed jobs in March.  This was a pretty big thing for me as I have not changed companies for over 13 years!  My new job is at the O2 Labs as their senior iOS developer (woop woop!).

The lab is tasked with looking in to new tech, create prototypes of useful discoveries and then showing the business how they can use it (their is probably a more official better way to say it).   Generally people are not limited by skillset, so I can look at Android stuff, or robotics or anything that could be useful within reason.

It’s odd changing from a small company to a huge one, but so far its awesome (excluding travelling, damn you M3)!

I have been spending quite a bit of my time researching the new iOS8 api’s which has been fun.  It’s nice just focusing on the new stuff for once.

I have also managed to bring LEGO Mindstorms in to the Lab (well they technically had the old version)

 

Off to LEGOWORLD 2015 in Copenhagen!

This year is already starting off pretty well on the LEGO front, I have been invited to take the LEGO Skateboard / Hoverboard to LEGO WORLD in Copenhagen.  Super excited to go and catch up with some old friends.  This was not a thing I thought I would be going to so I had to rush out a new version of the board.

Hope you like it

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