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Review: The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming


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 »



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 »

Coming Soon: OpenElectrons PiStorms


OpenElectrons are continuing their development of awesome stuff for the RPi.  This new product, the PiStorms is a “shield” for the RPi that allows you to connect up to 4 EV3/NXT motors and up to 4 EV3/NXT sensors.  It has a screen on it and can be programmed using a Python API. The RPi communicates with the PiStorms shield through ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.32


  ROBOTC 4.32 is here and it includes a few new features and plenty of bug fixes and enhancements. Please note that if you use LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you must update the Linux Kernel to 1.07X, after which you must update the ROBOTC VM as well, of course. Links for downloading files: ROBOTC 4.32 for MINDSTORMS EV3 and NXT: [LINK] ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: RoboSnap


RoboSnap is a a very compact vision system for the RPi and EV3.  It is based on the very popular PixyCam (CMUCam5) but in a much more compact package. Capable of much more than simply recognising colours, RoboSnap can also detect simple shapes like triangles, rectangles, circles.  It can return provide size, location and colour for these objects, as well ... Read More »

Awesome YouTube FLL Tutorials

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If you’re an (aspiring) FLL participant or just someone who wants to learn some cool new programming tricks with their EV3, you may be interested in Kyle Markland, a.k.a. Builderdude35’s YouTube channel.  He’s made a whole bunch of very useful videos.  Here are two of them: There are many more: EV3 Robot Design: Building your FLL Robot EV3 Robot Design: ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.30 / 3.65


This update is mostly a “bug fix” release to take care of a few issues + inclusion of the recently released VEX Cortex Master Firmware Update (4.25).  If you’re still using 4.27, you can see the changelog from 4.27 to 4.29 here.  The 3.65 version is for teams that still using ROBOTC 3.x for their robots. For those of you ... Read More »

CoderDojo-Metis: More fun than a bag of clowns!


I was invited by Hakan, a Computer Science teacher at the Metis Montessori Lyceum (a secondary level school), to be a guest speaker at the Metis CoderDojo in Amsterdam last weekend and it was so much fun!  The theme for the day was line following robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS.  I was a little intimidated at first, nothing is scarier than ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.29


So you think you can Changelog?  Grab a cup of coffee and something to eat, because this is a LONG list.  ROBOTC 4.29 is out we’ve made a lot of changes to all platforms.  Many bugs were squashed and some new features were added  Please note that the Changelog is split up into changes from 4.27 (previous release) to 4.28 ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: License Give-Away


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 »