Oct 31, 2013

Introducing: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

A lot of you have been asking about my new book and rumors were spreading fast, but now it’s official! I’m working on a new book about EV3! It’s got everything you loved about the NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, and more. It comes with instructions for 7 completely new EV3 robots, complete hands-on coverage of the EV3 software, and over 100 building and programming challenges.

Best of all, the book will be in full color to make building and programming much easier!

[Read more at Robot Square.]

Oct 21, 2013

EV3 packaging line at LEGOWORLD 2013

LEGOWORLD, the world's biggest LEGO® Community event, is running in Utrecht since last Thursday, and of course there's also a lot of EV3 MINDSTORMS to be seen there.
One of the amazing creations is a gigantic MINDSTORMS packaging line created by Martyn Boogarts, Eric Steenstra and Gerrot Bronsveld:


Oct 12, 2013

Bluetooth: NXT in control of EV3

Recently I got this question a lot: " Can I use my NXT as a Bluetooth remote for the EV3 brick? "
The answer is: "Technically it should be possible, practical with the standard firmware not."
The main reason for this is that the firmware software developer of the EV3 never thought of making the code backwards compatible as with all the other LEGO bricks is a mandatory giving in order to pass the quality check, so now it is up to the community to start and think about it to make it work.

One of the first tries is here from Hans Odenthal at Sioux.NET a group of software developers form the Eindhoven based country that do like MINDSTORMS as their after hours projects.

As Hans Explains:
The mailbox mechanism is different for the two bricks, the PC application is therefor needed to convert the messages from the NXT format to the EV3 format. By this means, you can send messages (e.g. if you press a button at the NXT) to the EV3 (e.g. to control a motor). A simple test version is already working: using two buttons at the NXT to control two motors at the EV3.

We now use the PC to link between the NXT and the EV3, I hope one of the communities firmware programers steps up to make this functionality work directly form brick to brick, as I'm sure many of our readers have a NXT and we still would love to use it with the EV3 for building more complex robots then before.

Oct 7, 2013

Differences of the two editions of the EV3 software

Damien Kee has written a nice article on the differences between the Home Edition version of the EV3 software and the one of the Education Edition.
Read it here.

Oct 5, 2013

BEST ROBOT EV3R

Last month Rebrick had a contest amongst MCP's. It was simple -- had to be an EV3 robot, could not be one of the bonus models,  public would votes during month of September,  then most likes would wins -- This was not an easy task but 9 prepared MCP's  have managed to treat us with great EV3 creations!

With 39 votes at the end of the competition, our winner is LEGO: EV3ized Dolphin Cruiser by –Vuurzoon, Anika

Congratulation Anika - your integrations of Friends and Mindstorms is once again fabulous.
And congrats also to our runner ups
Mike - this was a super video of your winning design Sticker into Flyer bot!
Philo - thank you for a great additional bonus model complete with BI's (right?)

Check out all the entries below, go click Like on your favorites, who knows,  one days the votes might shift ;) 

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