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New: Dexter Industries BrickPi+

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Dexter Industries have released a new version of their very successful BrickPi, the BrickPi+.  It sports quite a number of improvements over its predecessors: It now plays nice with EV3 sensors, that’s very cool. It has better motor protection by adding a more powerful motor controller chip, which has improved back-EMF and overheating handling. You can keep track of your ... Read More »

Coming Soon: OpenElectrons PiStorms

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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

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  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

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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 »

Released: ROBOTC 4.30 / 3.65

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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!

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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

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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

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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 »

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 »

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 »