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New EdBlocks Editor Released

I wrote about the Edison Kickstarter campaign a few years back, in 2014, in fact. The company is still going strong and are onto version 2.0 of their Edison robot. Recently, I was contacted by them to take a peek at what they were working on next. The new web-based programming environment, called EdBlocks, is a complete redesign of the ... Read More »

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 »

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: BumblebeeBot

The people from OpenElectrons have started another Kickstarter Campaign. This time it’s an Arduino based robotics platform called the BumbleeBeeBot. The BumbleBeeBot has already been used in many (afterschool) robotics programs in various schools, so it’s been through a lot of field testing.  Now they’re ready to make it available to anyone who wants to back this project with larger ... Read More »

Awesome YouTube FLL Tutorials

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 »

Cool Kickstarter: OpenElectrons EVShield

  UPDATE 26 JAN: The Kickstarter Project is now live, go check it out: [LINK] OpenElectrons, which is run by the guys who own Mindsensors, are about to start another Kickstarter campaign for their latest creation: the EVShield for Arduino Uno, Duemilanove and Leonardo.  What is it, you might ask?  As Deepak explained it to me: EVShield will support all ... Read More »

Virtual Brick: A First Look – Making a Line Follower

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 »