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EV3 Extended Firmware + VM now on Github

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The firmware used by National Instruments and Robomatter for their respective programming environments has been pushed to Github.  It is based on the sources of LEGO’s firmware version 1.05A.  Please note that only the master branch has been pushed out, the private development branches will remain as such. The extended firmware sports a number of improvements, including: opcodes to turn ... Read More »

ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1: Available Now!

ROBOTC for EV3 Beta 1

It’s here!  The first beta of ROBOTC for EV3 has arrived! It took a bit longer than we’d hoped for but the wait is over.  You can now program your EV3 with ROBOTC.  This is the first public beta and as with all betas, there will be some missing features and bugs.  The basic functionality is mostly all there: General ... Read More »

EV3 Build Your Own Block and HDK/SDK Docs Available

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These files have existed for a little while now but I never got the official OK to distribute them.  However, one of my readers (Marius Steffen) was given two Dropbox links via LEGO Customer Support to these specific files.  That must mean that the documentation is no longer under NDA and so I now feel no reason not share them ... Read More »

ROBOTC 3.x Driver Suite is now on Git

Driver Suite on Git

The ROBOTC 3.x Driver Suite is in maintenance mode right now and I’ve decided to put it all on Git.  I will no longer create releases like I did before, rather, I will simply push to the repository as bugs are fixed.  There will be no more feature additions to this suite either.  I am working on a complete overhaul ... Read More »

My OHM2013 Talk is Now Online

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I did a short talk on the OHM2013 event about hacking the brick.  I spoke about some of the projects I did with the NXT and the things I am doing with the EV3.  In retrospect, I should’ve prepared a little more but I didn’t really have time to do so.  Enjoy (or cringe, whatever you prefer). The video was ... Read More »

EV3: Creating a Console Cable

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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 »

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Available

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At last, the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 source code is now available for your perusal.  It’s been uploaded to the Mindboards Github space: [LINK]. You can simply clone the repository.  It would be really great if you could drop us a note to let us know what you’ve done with it!  It would be nice if some of the programming effort ... Read More »

Robot Virtual Worlds – Maze Crawler

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It’s finally finished and ready to be published, my Robot Virtual Worlds Maze Crawler is fully functional.  Check out the screenshot below. The engine for this robot consists of two Finite State Machines (FSM) that handle the cruising around, turning, scanning, etc.  Here’s a little video of it, doing its thing. Main FSM The main state machine consists of 5 ... Read More »

MINDSTORMS EV3 Robocup Junior Robot

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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 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 »