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Controlling the EV3 over TCP/IP

Anders Søborg has written a great guide on how to establish a TCP/IP connection with the EV3: [LINK].  He’s working on a C# library that will make it very easy to remote control your brick this way, using direct commands over TCP/IP.  It’ll be part of the next release of his Monobrick library. I am looking forward to seeing how ... Read More »

PSA: Issues with Some EV3 Battery Packs


Over the past few days I’ve seen stories regarding the LEGO Education EV3 Battery Pack circulating on the various forums and FB groups.  Yesterday LEGO Education released a statement to customers and partners who are affected by this issue, confirming the problem.  I’ve put a small excerpt of the statement below.  You can download the full text here (zip file ... Read More »

EV3: Creating a Console Cable


As some of you know, the EV3 runs a stripped down version of the Angstrom Linux distribution. The cool thing is that the kernel has been configured to output diagnostics data to the first sensor port (S1).  You can easily access this data by using a USB to serial converter.  You can make one yourself or if you’re not that ... Read More »

Mindsensors EV3 USB Console Adapter


It will come as no surprise that Mindsensors, purveyors of cool stuff, have created a very easy to use LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 USB console adapter.  The EV3 has a serial console, which is accessible on the 1st Sensor Port.  This small device will allow you to simply plug an NXT/EV3 cable in one end and a USB mini cable in ... Read More »

EV3 Retail to start selling 1 September

“Sometime in fall” now has a proper date: it’s 1 September.  That means you only have to wait one more month before you can buy the EV3 retail set.  Below you can find the press release.  This is awesome news! Check out all the cool bonus models made by the LMEP!  Can you guess what they are?  I think my ... Read More »

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Coming Soon!

The source code for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 firmware (OS and VM) will be going live at 00:00 CET (Central European Time), 1 August 2013 . Check back on this blog to find out about location of the files and further instructions. The source code includes everything you need to create your own version of the VM, the Linux OS ... Read More »

MINDSTORMS EV3 Robocup Junior Robot


I’ve been working on a Robocup Junior soccer playing robot, based on the new upcoming MINDSTORMS EV3 system.  I just wanted to give you a sneak peek at what it looks like.  This is probably rebuild number 15 or so, as I’ve been working on this since before December last year.  I made an NXT version before then, so I ... Read More »

LEGO MINDSTORMS® EV3 Frequently Asked Questions


LEGO has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the EV3 Retail set.  It includes a side-by-side comparison of the NXT and EV3.  Keep in mind that it’s a bit market-y (they’re a little selective about the things they compare),  but it’s informative none the less. Just point your browser here: [LINK]. I am looking forward to when ... Read More »