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EV3: Adding a pull-tab to your micro-SD card

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The EV3 has a lot of cool features but a push-to-eject micro-SD card drive isn’t one of them.  It’s fine for users who don’t work with custom Linux distributions on their brick, but a major PITA (no, not the Döner Kebab kind) if you’re like me.  It takes a needle nose pliers and a lot of patience to remove the ... Read More »

Breathtaking: Debian Wheezy on the EV3!

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Ralph Hempel is no stranger to MINDSTORMS and he’s been quietly working on something very special: a port of Debian Wheezy on the EV3.  The folks of the Debian organisation wouldn’t let him use the Debian name (for copyright reasons), so this project is called ev3dev. What is ev3dev? It’s a complete Linux distribution for the EV3.  What do I ... Read More »

EV3 Supply Issues

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It seems that “due to unprecedented demand”, there is a world-wide shortage of EV3 hardware.  This seems to affect the Educational set which some of LEGO’s distributors are marking as out of stock until March 2014.  I currently have no info on what the situation is on the retail EV3 set.  I’ll update when I know more. I am surprised ... Read More »

Stay Sharp: Monobrick for the EV3

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If you’re a fan of C#, then you will love Monobrick, a communication library that works with the EV3.  It uses the EV3’s direct commands to remote control the brick.  It works with both the NXT and the EV3.  You can simply import the library into your project and start hacking away. A simple example: using System; using MonoBrick.EV3; public ... Read More »

New Release: ROBOTC 3.62

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This is most likely the last 3.x ROBOTC release.  It fixes a couple of things, you can find the list of changes below.  Download your copy of it here: [LINK]. 3.61 to 3.62 Changelog Bug Fix: Fixed additional bug in “NXT Brick – Joystick” windows with the “Improper Argument” message box. Installer Fix: Updated Code Signing Certificate for Installers – ... Read More »

HiTechnic Sensor EV3 Blocks

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HiTechnic has brought out a couple of EV3 programming blocks for its sensors. The blocks and instructions on how to import them into your software can be found here: [LINK]. With these blocks you will be able to use the Angle, Compass, Accelerometer, IRSeekerV2, and Gyro sensors.  Cool! Read More »

New MINDSTORMS EV3 Site is Live!

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The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 website is live! You can download the software while you wait for your set to arrive.  You can also see all the cool bonus models in great detail.  So what are you waiting for?  Point your browser here and check it out! Read More »

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

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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 »

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 »