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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 »

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 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 »

EV3 hackathon at the OHM2013 Event!

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If you haven’t heard of the OHM2013 event then you’ve probably been living under a bit of a rock.  It’s a truly massive hacking event in the Netherlands that takes place every 4 years (albeit under a different name each time).  This year is extra special because Steven Canvin, the former manager of the MINDSTORMS robotics community, will be there ... Read More »

New Release: ROBOTC 3.61

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This is essentially just a maintenance release with a couple of important changes.  The Changelog is small but the fixes are great (taken from the original article): NEW Joystick Configuration Utility – Added compatibility for custom joystick configurations; the Joystick Configuration Utility can now be used to configure a wide variety of controllers for use with ROBOTC. Read about it ... Read More »

ROBOTC 4.x Announcement

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The people who watched last week’s Webinar, got a glimpse of what’s coming in ROBOTC 4.x.  I’m very excited about this as it will support two new platforms: the VEX IQ and of course the new MINDSTORMS EV3.  I’m currently working on overhauling the Driver Suite, so it will be ready for the launch of ROBOTC 4.x later in autumn ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Dexter Industries BrickPi

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Dexter Industries have launched a Kickstarter project for the BrickPi!  Become a backer and get one of these super cool shields for your Raspberry Pi.  I wrote about the BrickPi not that long ago and I think this a really awesome addition to the Raspberry Pi ecosphere! As of writing this article, the project is at almost 25% of total ... Read More »

Dexter Industries BrickPi

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The BrickPi is Dexter Industries latest project.  It’s an interface board, or shield, for the super popular Raspberry Pi, a cheap ($25) and small but very powerful processor board that runs Linux.  The BrickPi allows you to easily interface your NXT motors and sensors with the RasPi, without having to cut up cables or otherwise damage your precious LEGO parts. ... Read More »

XPrize After Earth Challenge

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There is an exciting new challenge for kids between the ages of 13 and 17.  How can you enter? First you must create a 2 minute video, explaining how you would tackle two global issues that affect Planet Earth.  You also have to outline a plan of how you would use an unmanned rover to explore an new planet, to ... Read More »