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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ferret is out ,sorry

I'm really sorry about this, but I think I have to drop out of the challenge... I'll still follow along and provide helpful encouragement (if that makes you guys feel better :D )
However, I do think these chips are interesting (if a little expensive, but hey?) and I am considering buying one in the future after I master the ways of C. With an arduino of course! ;)
If you picked me, or planning to pick me, you might want to go to ezekiel instead. He's pretty experienced, and apparently has the funds and time to do it. Thank you!
Dent, what is your reason for dropping out? Time restrictions?

Well, i already posted something on the new post because i didn't think you read this. Yeah, the main reason is because of my dad, he says no way, but yeah, school started, i don't have any money, and homework is like endless.

Sorry... i still feel bad... 

this thingy will be a mobile robot arm with 6 degrees of freedom, driving around on omni wheels. it will have a gripper and perform various tasks, such as demolishing styrafoam cups, and moving blocks...

one dev kit

both diaries (diary of a whimpy kid lol)

I have you down for the swarm idea.
have you anounced it yet ?
What do you mean?
I plan to build a nearly universal home automate. This mean that the automate will handle nearly all information which is available in a standard home.

Out of the usual on/off outputs, information about the current status will be available over the internet, on a TV screen.

Inputs will be as various as movement, door open/close, temp. sensors, picture of the milkman, dog barking, ….

 All of this is not really new, the interesting part is that the end user will be able to create himself his own new control tasks using elementary task that will be shipped with the controller itself.

I hope I don’t leave this message to late… and looking to read you.



Need one kit (i guess all the job can be done)

Photo diary yes; but more interesting i will publish the source code.