Project City

February 2nd, 2013 § 3 comments § permalink

We’ve started a new project in Xinchejian, the Project City, code name “Metropolis“.

More about the project will be in the wiki soon as we just begun. Today we built the table where the city will be installed.

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The project will be a fusion of 3D projection and robot hardware combined with mechanics and interactive components.

This project is open for all members with interest. There will be a huge part in 3D mapping/projection and this content has to be created too. The robotics and mechanical part will include Arduino based hardware for the movements, communication between the central computer and the city and interface for interactive components.

If you think you could help with something then just let us know.


Pandaboard donation!

October 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink





For more information, check our wiki.

Got new toys thanks to DFRobot

September 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

New toys

We’ve got:Mega ADK, USB Host Shield, Midi Shield, X-Board, FTDI Basic,detail informations can be found on

Rudy Bike @ XinCheJian

June 18th, 2011 § 5 comments § permalink

We are really happy to have the opportunities in hosting the Rudy Bike in the past few weeks so they can finish the bike for the Demo Day. Rudy Bike is a cool looking electric bike controlled by Arduino and Android.

Rudy Bike

Rudy Bike

Rudy Bike

Rudy Bike

Android & Robots

June 8th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Modern smartphones come equipped with a whole array of sensors (GPS, accelerometers, compass, etc) and a CPU powerful enough to do most of the advanced processing required to do advanced decision-making and processor-intensive tasks like image processing.

In addition, smartphones communication capabilities (Bluetooth, Wifi, 3G) make them ideally suited to accessing large dataset and processing clusters hosted elsewhere.

Finally, all this functionality is available in a compact package at affordable prices due to large scale manufacturing.

The missing piece to the puzzle of smartphones and robots is a way to interact with arbitrary hardware, such as controlling servos or reading from additional sensors.

For that purpose, we’ve started developing a workshop to introduce people to using the Android Development Kit (SDK), Android Development Toolkit (ADT) – the latters using the powerful Eclipse IDE and most importantly the Android Open Accessory Development Kit.

The Android 3.1 platform (also backported to Android 2.3.4) introduces Android Open Accessory support, which allows external USB hardware (an Android USB accessory) to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode. When an Android-powered powered device is in accessory mode, the connected accessory acts as the USB host (powers the bus and enumerates devices) and the Android-powered device acts as the USB device. Android USB accessories are specifically designed to attach to Android-powered devices and adhere to a simple protocol (Android accessory protocol) that allows them to detect Android-powered devices that support accessory mode.

Workshops are weekly and will explore both the development on the Android-side and the micro-controllers side – touching on all aspects of mechanical, electrical and software engineering of a robot.

In particular, we will look together at the use of ADK-compatible hardware boards, such as the Google IOIO board or new hardware offerings from Seeedstudio.

Participation for XinCheJian members who’ve paid their dues is free. For the non-members, the fee is 50 RMB per workshop.

For more information, look at the “Android & Robots” wiki. Don’t forget to fulfill the necessary pre-requisites and join the mailing list! Note that this is a collaborative workshop, so we expect everyone to contribute and participate actively.

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