Let's Make Robots!

Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?

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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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That is interesting. The videos recorded by that might even be more interesting!

I think there is a very good match here with our development boards that have ethernet ports on them (see our XC2 kit)

If this is of interest to you, I will see if I can get one of these to you instead if selected, though no promises as these were not the ones we were planning to give out for this challenge. Will let you know or give me a poke in a few days (as my inbox is overloaded with project requests!)


inebriated people plus robot with camera == interesting picturs the next day...

operation ferret

have you ever asked you parents " mum ,dad can i get a ferret?" only to be told " no youve got enough pets!!" well that happened to me , well not quite but you get the idea.

plan: ok i plan to build a robot that can move almost exactly like a ferret (thats a lot of servo motors) hopefully give it some sort of emotions with likes and dislikes(certin colours make it angry or loud noises scare it ). and with radio control features


kits: just 1 i think

Diary : can do both

and just incase you didnt know what a ferret was it is this



Quite an ambitious project, though if you pull it off I will be most impressed! Sounds pretty cool! And yes, we have ferrets in England too :)

You may need another depending how much I/O you have going on to all those servos! How many were you thinking? I can ask around and see what the apps team think would be required.

oh can you ask your apps team ?

the servo problem im thinking ill need about 32 of them, so i would use your dev board to control several picaxe 28 motor drivers

i have some plans drawn up (by hand) and a couple of ideas floating around in my head oh, and some polymorph should be ariveing soon so ill play around with that see if i can get the mechanics to form and stuff , sweet!!

That makes sense. Ooh polymorph stuff?! Sounds pretty fun!
dont know ive never used it but i found it reasonably cheap so i bought it, it should turn up this week (hopefully):)

ok i plan to build a robot that looks and moves like a ferret main aim to be a companion and protect at night .

i am willing to keep a photo diary and maybe a few videos.

though it will take me a while to build and get parts.just 1 kit need