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Robotics Academy Summer of Learning

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The summer of 2013 is gearing up to be more than just a time for chilling by the pool! The 2013 Summer of Learning is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy and uses their Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) Project to host all training plus resources provided by The Robotics Education Foundation, VEX Robotics Inc., and Robomatter Inc. This summer ... Read More »

New Toys – Wheelphone and Seeedstudio DSO Quad

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Today, my friends from DHL brought me some new toys!  Thanks to Yassine from Generation Robots for sending me these to play with: A pre-production model of the Wheelphone robot – a robot frame that can be connected to either an iPhone or an Android phone A Seeedstudio DSO Quad, a 4 channel digital storage oscilloscope The Wheelphone The Wheelphone ... Read More »

News from Dexter Industries

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Some exciting things are happening with Dexter Industries.  Earlier this week they announced they’re working on a couple of mystery products.  Here they are, as they appear on the DI website. Mystery Project #1 This appears to be a Raspberry Pi with a custom shield on top of it that has NXT connectors.  It is hard to tell how many ... Read More »

ROBOTC Driver Suite is FTC Legal

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For about two weeks there was  a bit of a scare, while the FIRST folks were deciding whether or not my Driver Suite was actually legal to use in the FTC.  It had been used for years prior to someone actually asking the question.  Their initial reaction was “no”, but with a little coaxing from the people at Robomatter, they ... Read More »

The squeaky wheel gets the…certification.

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I was incensed when I read that a student by the name of Landon Woollard from Shasta High School in Redding, CA was the first student to get his ROBOTC certification.  First of all, I had no idea this certification even existed,l nobody told me! Imagine that.  Now, second of all, I didn’t even receive an honourary certification in lieu ... Read More »

Free E-Book: Fully ARMed NXT

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Hot off the virtual press, one of Mindboards’ most technical users, tcwan (real name Tat-Chee Wan), has published an e-book called “Fully ARMed NXT”.  The book is a highly technical book, which will teach you all the ins and outs of programming ARM assembler, using NXOS.  NXOS is an open source real time OS for the NXT. At almost 300 ... Read More »

Comparing the NXT and EV3 bricks

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So just how much better is the new brick?  Below you can find a table that puts some of the main aspects of the new EV3 brick NeXT to the NXT.  The original table came from the Roberta website, I just translated it from German.  The source of this information is The LEGO Group, according to the original PDF.  Please ... Read More »

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Announced

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las ... Read More »

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Hey everyone, I just wanted to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas or whatever else you prefer to (not) celebrate! 2012 has been an exciting year for the NXT; lots of cool new sensors, cool contraptions made by fans, both young and adult.  I am really looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring us! So, on ... Read More »

Legend of the world of NXT?

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I don’t often post personal things on this blog, but this email totally made my day! Oh great and wise Xander legend of the world of NXT I have a older copy of RobotC and am looking for the v 2 Driver Suite and I humbly request your assistance The only appropriate reply to this kind of mail is of ... Read More »