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Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

The long awaited EV3 building and programming book by Laurens Valk is finally available!  It’s called “The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book” and it’s 370+ pages of awesomeness. Where to start?  The book has been printed in full colour, which is a massive improvement over his previous book and a real pleasure to read.  The colours are very bright and ... Read More »

Released: ROBOTC 4.10

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ROBOTC 4.10 has been released for all platforms, VEX and MINDSTORMS.  The list of changes is enormous,you can find the complete overview here: [LINK].  Here’s a list of the changes, copied from the aforementioned link.  I have highlighted the changes pertaining to LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. It seems that the Driver Suite has not been included with this release.  Fear not!  ... Read More »

VEX IQ Quadruped

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In my last post about the VEX IQ building system I had a small video featuring my VEX Quadruped.  I’ve done a bit of work on it since then and the gait has been greatly improved.  I also added some small rubber feet on the legs.  These are the traction links from the Tank Tread & Intake Kit. Due to ... Read More »

VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

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What is VEX IQ VEX IQ is the latest offering from VEX. It’s a complete modular robotics system to complement their VEX Cortex range.  The VEX IQ is positioned at a younger audience, from the age of about 8.  It uses plastic parts instead of the Cortex metal parts. Using pins, plates and connector pieces, it is easy to build ... Read More »

Virtually Awesome: Virtual NXT

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Robotics is great but if you have a lot of kids that want to take part, you’re going to need a fairly large number of sets.  You don’t want to have spend the first 15 minutes of each class rebuilding the base robot for the lessons of that day. Up until now, you could use the ROBOTC Virtual Worlds, which ... 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 »

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 »

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Source Code Coming Soon!

The source code for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 firmware (OS and VM) will be going live at 00:00 CET (Central European Time), 1 August 2013 . Check back on this blog to find out about location of the files and further instructions. The source code includes everything you need to create your own version of the VM, the Linux OS ... Read More »

BotBench on GitHub

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I’ve started putting some of my code that I’m working on GitHub.  You can now access my repositories here: [LINK]. The first on there is my Robot Virtual Worlds Maze Crawler.  If you don’t have Git, don’t worry, you can also just download the whole thing as a zip file. Other repositories will appear on there as well at some ... 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 »