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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or i can do the ferret whatever you like best.
He's already got wireless controls on him :D 
Sweet! Wireless is always so much more fun! :) What wireless medium are you using? Bluetooth? Wifi? Radio? 3G?!
I have bluetooth through the arduino im using and then i have an RF module that im using to recieve commands. Im waiting on a 2.4Ghz rf module atm. 
I get one, im getting my google phone tomorrow and im hoping i can control my bot from my phone :D 
I like the sound of that!
We should be able to give them out in September (beginning of) at least that is my plan. So only 4 weeks to go give or take!
not as simple as picaxe but hay its free and can do so much more!!

Well, there is only so much you can do with flow charts. Sure it might be a good starting point if you are totally new to the electronics area to understand "program flow" - I think I remember using this way back when I was doing Electronics for GCSE at school! My gosh, the memories!

Anyhow, as you rightly pointed out, you can do so much more with a real language - not to mention it is a lot more manageable when you have large programs!

I remember having to scroll up for miles just to connect the end of what was basically a WHILE loop to the top of the flow chart! It soon becomes unmanageable for any real meaty application from my experience at least (which was a few years ago now).

Still, with our friendly community and such you should have no trouble picking up XC or C and then you can take over the world!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.



This challenge is similar to the one you came up with before about posting your best crazy robot ideas, such that no physical robot is needed to be made to "win" the challenge. The challenge is to come up with a good (realistic) robot IDEA that could benefit from the power available in these chips.

When the new dev board is done, Xmosさん will choose which are the best ideas and you may get your hands on one of the boards. If you do win a board, hopefully you will follow through on the idea and post a log for all the world to see.