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Improving ROBOTC Editor Readability

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When I am doing development on ROBOTC, I find I am switching back and forth a lot between Visual Studio 2013 and the ROBOTC IDE. Personally, I prefer the font that VS2013 uses by default, which is Consolas. It’s friendly to the eyes and looks crisp. ROBOTC, on the other hand, will use Courier New as its default, which I find ... Read More »


PiStorms Challenge

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So, you like Raspberry Pi but would prefer to build with LEGO?  No problem!  You can use the Mindsensors PiStorms to add a touch screen, buttons and motor and sensor ports to your Pi.  The designs for the LEGO Technic compatible parts that come with this are completely open source and available for anyone to tweak as they see fit. ... Read More »


EV3 Bricks: BLE or Blah?

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A little while back, the Lejos forums were getting reports that some of the newly purchased bricks were having issues with Bluetooth connections.  Andy Shaw, one of the main developers of this project, determined that the main cause was a newly updated Bluetooth chipset in this brick.  Unlike its predecessor, this chipset is BT 4.0 capable.  That means that, at least ... Read More »


Review: The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming

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There are many books out there for the budding robotics fan who wants to hone his or her programming skills.  This is a book that fills that need very nicely.  Terry Griffin’s “The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming” is a great No Starch Press publication.  While some books focus on building, others and both building and programming, this one has deep ... Read More »


Pixy Cam for MINDSTORMS

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I’ve played around with various vision systems on the MINDSTORMS, even the Pixy Cam, using an adapter.  However, now Charmed Labs have created a version of the super popular Pixy Cam that will work pretty much out of the box with MINDSTORMS. So, what’s different about this version and the standard one? Well, for one it comes with an adapter ... Read More »


New: Dexter Industries BrickPi+

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Dexter Industries have released a new version of their very successful BrickPi, the BrickPi+.  It sports quite a number of improvements over its predecessors: It now plays nice with EV3 sensors, that’s very cool. It has better motor protection by adding a more powerful motor controller chip, which has improved back-EMF and overheating handling. You can keep track of your ... Read More »