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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subscribe to this thread? how do i do that?

its the button right below the last video


cant believe i didnt notice that thanks

it took me a while to find it


lol, thanks for subscribing!
if there free ,i would like to try one if possible i think it offers more than picaxe

I am glad you are interested - though please could you post answers to the questions listed in the first post  to be considered.

Thanks :)

Kitchen Aid Robot

This robot will be used as a mobile “vending machine” for non perishable cooking supplies such as spices, and hardware related to cooking, such as measuring cups and other measuring devices (though really it could be used to vend just about anything). The goal is that it be approximately 3 feet tall (an excellent height for humans to grab the objects that have been dispensed as the items will move to the top of the bot). I want it to be very smooth and navigate very nicely through a home environment and parallel processing would be good for tis. One, or several, thread(s) for checking sensors and dealing with movement would allow another to deal the the vending aspect of the robot.


I would only require one Dev Kit 


I am willing to keep a photo diary of my progress and occasionally a maybe a few videos. 

A vending machine should be very do-able with our processors and is a great example of parallel goodness in action!
Yah, i normally work with the arduino and have had issues of wasting processing power on checking sensors and such taking away from what the main task is. The solution to this would be to use several low power processors (ugg no fun) or one big one (yay!). Here is a nice opportunity to do the second.