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Coding with Codie

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  Codie is an artisanal robot, hand-crafted from wood.  However, don’t let the old school materials fool you; inside the wooden exterior hides a sophisticated robot.  It sports quite a number of sensors, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, allowing you communicate with it wirelessly. The thing that really caught my eye with Codie was the software.  It is colourful, looks ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: License Give-Away

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Want to earn a free Virtual Brick license?  Be one of the first 20 to write a review about it on your website, blog or Tumblr or whatever it is you crazy kids use nowadays, and you’ll receive a free license!  Just drop me a mail when it’s up.  How easy is that? Update:  There seems to be some confusion as ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield

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  UPDATE 26 JAN: The Kickstarter Project is now live, go check it out: [LINK] OpenElectrons, which is run by the guys who own Mindsensors, are about to start another Kickstarter campaign for their latest creation: the EVShield for Arduino Uno, Duemilanove and Leonardo.  What is it, you might ask?  As Deepak explained it to me: EVShield will support all ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: A First Look – Making a Line Follower

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Robomatter has released a new product called the Virtual Brick.  They have re-engineered the Virtual NXT and added new functionality, new blocks, improved robot performance, as well as a new interface to make the Virtual Brick much easier to use with the EV3.  The “Brick” part is because it now works with both LEGO bricks; the NXT and EV3. What is the ... Read More »

Stay up-to-date on Driver Suite Developments

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I’ve been working hard to make changes to the Driver Suite, to make it more EV3 compatible and to change the API to a more struct oriented approach.  You can now stay up-to-date on the latest changes I’ve made by following me on Twitter: [LINK].  Updates will look something like this: ROBOTC Driver Suite Update [http://t.co/C972pEKMsc] : Additional EV3 compatibility ... Read More »

VEX IQ Quadruped: Building Instructions!

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Some of you may remember I posted about my VEX IQ Quadruped a while back.  I now have building instructions for it! They were made by Christopher Richard Smith, who is quite the CAD ninja.  This is what the Quadruped looks like when it is walking: You can download the software here:  [LINK]. You can download the building instructions for it ... Read More »

Using Robot Virtual Worlds inside a VM

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If you’re like me and you use a lot of Virtual Machines, then this may be of some use to you.  In Robot Virtual Worlds, you have 3 camera settings: Follow mode: you can use the wheel to zoom in and out. Camera view from above Free movement: hold left button and move to move the view. The wheel is ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.28

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Just in time for Christmas! A new release of ROBOTC for both LEGO MINDSTORMS and VEX.  So many new features and bug fixes have been added for all the platforms that the original ROBOTC blog had to have two separate posts for the releases.  I won’t rehash everything that’s on them; you can read the one for LEGO MINDSTORMS here: ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Mindsensors Grove Sensor Adapter for EV3 or NXT

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I was wondering if a one of the 3rd party sensor companies was ever going to come up with an EV3/NXT adapter for the Grove System.  Not sure what it is?  Grove System is an interface standard that allows you to connect all sorts of peripherals to your microcontroller.  There are adapters for Arduino and RaspberryPi, but not for the ... Read More »

The FATCATLAB’s Meow: EVB

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Imagine an EV3 with a backlit screen, a 1GHz CPU, instead a 300MHz one and 8 times more memory, that’s pretty much what the EVB is.  It’s a cape (kind of like an Arduino Shield) for the BeagleBone Black (BBB) and it’s awesome.  It really, really makes me wish the EV3 had a backlit screen like this thing. I was ... Read More »