Let's Make Robots!

Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?

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The 9.9 version of the XMOS Development Tools is now available:


It is VITAL that XK-1 users use this release or above as the XK1 is not supported in previous versions.

 As for anyone else - you will probably appreciate some of the cool new features:




XMOS challenge winners are now available!


Hi everyone!

I was curious to know if anyone would be interested in participating in a challenge to make something AWESOME with a new breed of processor which is particularly great for DSP/networking/USB/motor control type applications or more basic things if that is overkill for what you want.

XMOS event driven processors allow you to execute code in parallel which could open up a number of possibilities to evolve your robots "brain" to the next level!

I have some development kits to give away potentially, but before I give away all the details, I just wanted to see if there was any interest before I add to the challenges area or such.

People have made some cool stuff with our tech before (See videos).


Some details of the processor itself which will be on the dev kit (to be released soon):


- Single core device (Although we do have quad core versions - ask me)

- 400 MIPS per core.

- 8 Threads per core.

- 64Kb RAM

- 8KBytes OTP memory for applications, boot code or security keys, with security mode

- 64 user I/O pins

- Support for high performance DSP (32 x 32 → 64bit MAC) and cryptographic functions

- Time aware ports provide up to 10ns timing resolution

- Designs implemented using a software-based design flow (can program in C or XC - very similar to C but with support for extras such as parallel execution)

- Scalable - can connect many kits together for crazy amounts of processing power using Xlinks.


For detailed spec see: http://www.xmos.com/products/xs1-l-family/l1lq128


EDIT: As there has been some interest shown and to save time later - please post below with the following info if you would like to be considered:

1) Project Title

2) Project Description

3) How many Dev Kits you think it may require (eg you may need 2 if you are demonstrating the ability of one robot using image recognition to track another for example)

4) Are you willing to keep a video/photo diary of your progress if we choose you? Please state which/both.


If anyone is interested please feel free to post below with your project ideas (and subscribe to this forum topic for updates so I can contact you nearer the release date) so I can see if there is enough interest. I hope I have posted this in the right place, if not please feel free to move this to the right part of the forum!

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lol! that is a good point!
Yes, the first release would be purely a technology project. Subsequent versions may be made vandal proof, but supplying a potential thief with 20KV in his ass doesn't really require an XMOS processor.
Project Title: ABE (Acuatic Bot Explorer)


This bot will be used to explore lakes and reefs. It will use a stereo system to obtain 3D map of the area and identify objects or fishes. (Possible use of Fuzzy Logic, AI, 2D and 3D Image processing in real time)
Also as aditional information will obtain: pressure, salinity, temperature and GPS position.

Kits: Maybe 2

Pictures, video, blog.

Thanks for the entry. Out of interest what previous experience do you have in the above areas eg Fuzzy Logic, AI, Image Processing?

im thinking of a uav now
Got an email - not sure where your other post went, but we would prefer you submit an idea you can actually achieve. I do not know all about your experience and such, but you will be more likely to be considered if what you propose is do-able. It doesnt have to take over the world just yet! Start off with something simple and slowly develop it. We are not looking for complexity as primary factor here - something simple yet original, which is achieveable in a rasonable time scale will probably have a higher chance of winning a kit.
back to square 1, the ferret i will build the ferret ,the micro servos are now pretty cheap.and i found a good servo controler  so backto the ferret
Are you sure this is achieveable?
yep absolutluy , but at somestage id like to build a 4 rotor helicopter.

Title: Bottom Mapper

Description: Nothing crude. This devicw would be implanted in a small water craft (a boat, to you) equipped with a bottom-facing sonar and a GPS. The device would control the craft, mapping the depth of the water alongside GPS co-ordinates, taking account of tidal depths. The idea would be to produce a very accurate map of the bottom of a lake to be supplied to divers, etc. looking for interesting wrecks to explore. The end result would be a sort of undersea Google Maps.

Kits: One for development, but they could be linked such that a particular area could be mapped more quickly with more bots. Also, should one of them break down, an extension of this project would allow another to take over AND tow the affected boat back to shore.

Diary: no problem.

Future work: Make it thief-resistant by constantly sending out its position to all similar nearyby craft,allowing it to deliver high voltage shocks to folk who try to move it, and cauing it to make really high pitched extremely loud noises in the hope that the potential thieves ears would bleed.