Archive for February, 2010

MARVIN, Mindstorms Anthropomorphic Robot-Verbalizing Interactive Nerd

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Thanks C. Shepherd for submitting this one. Here is his really awesome project:

“So I was tinkering around with a bunch of mechanisms, and before I knew it I was into another project and it kept getting bigger and bigger. Take Omnibot, throw in some Kismet with some Lego Lips, and this is what you get.

It’s far from being done. Right now, it has 4 NXTs, 9 servos, 3 Ultrasonic sensors, 3 touch sensors (bumpers), the compass sensor, 5 PF motors, the HiTechnic SMUX, and on and on. More will be added soon. I’ll give full details along with a video when it is done.

OK, I know I said I was going to build a car factory. I still have a bunch of pieces lying around waiting to be worked on. I am trying to design a cool car that can be handled by the grippers and that is an unforeseen problem. I have bunches of Technic pieces, but not a lot of small car parts. ”

More details can be found here

Written by Vu Nguyen

February 25th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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The Domino Printer aka Dominobot

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Now here’s a great robot that actually prints words using dominoes. You’ll have to see the video to get the full effect, but here’s the description:

“A Lego NXT robot that uses one Lego NXT, three servos, the HiTechnic IRLink sensor and 8 medium PF motors with receivers to lay dominoes to spell a message. For more information, visit

YouTube Direct Link 

Written by Vu Nguyen

February 25th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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New ROBOTC Ticket submission page

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Hi all,

It’s probably long overdue, but we’ve created a new “Submit a Ticket” page so you can send a ticket straight from the site (rather than your email programs).

I also moved the General Support questions into the specific NXT and VEX support pages in case any of you are wondering where those pages are.

Thanks for all of the feedback you guys have given us. We really do take your feedback and appreciate the time you take to send them. We use this information to try to make ROBOTC even better for the next updates.

You can find it under the “Support” menu, or you can click here: Contact Us / Submit a Ticket

Written by Vu Nguyen

February 25th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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Updated ROBOTC Support for VEX Competitions

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competition templateAre you part of a team that competes in VEX Robotics Competitions? If so, we’ve just released updated support documents that will help guarantee your success when you get to the field:

  • Firmware Inspection using ROBOTC
  • Firmware Inspection using the IFI Loader
  • Testing Robots using the 75 MHz Crystals
  • Testing Robots using the VEXnet Upgrade
  • Using the ROBOTC Competition Templates
  • Complete ROBOTC Software Inspection Guide (11 MB)

If you’re not part of the VEX Robotics Competitions, get involved! You can find out more information through the CMU Robotics Academy and VEX Robotics.

As always, you can also find support on the support pages and forums, too.

Written by Jesse Flot

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:23 am

ROBOTC for IFI VEX 2.01 is now available for download!

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RobotCGreenLogoThe CMU Robotics Academy is happy to announce the availability of ROBOTC for IFI VEX 2.01. The new ROBOTC for IFI VEX 2.01 brings many new improvements and bug fixes to ROBOTC for the Innovation First VEX controller. The new interface brings a new modern feel to the ROBOTC programming language and gives users the power to customize their interface to have all the tools they use the most directly at their fingertips.  This update is free to all users who have existing ROBOTC 1.x licenses. You will have to reenter your license information when upgrading to ROBOTC 2.01.

New Features:

  • Completely refreshed user interface – Dockable status and debugger windows.
  • New multi-document interface allows multiple programs to be opened at once – similar to web browsing tabs.
  • VEXnet support for all VEX 0.5 systems.
  • Built-in software competition switch is available under the Debugger for testing competition code with VEXnet.
  • VRC Competition Templates are now accessable under the “File – New” menu.
  • VRC Competition Template for “Drivers Skill” challenge has been added.
  • Improved Help Documentation – Sample usage of every ROBOTC function now included!
  • Updated Sample Programs – Over 70 sample programs to show you how to do everything with your VEX controller.
  • No Uninstall Needed – ROBOTC will detect old version of ROBOTC for IFI and automatically uninstall when a new version is being installed.

Bug Fixes:

  • Problem with motor ports behaving randomly/running at full speed after new firmware is loaded has been fixed.
  • VEX Master Firmware has ben upgraded to Version V10 – All users must upgrade to Master V10.
  • ROBOTC VEX Firmware has been upgraded to Version to 7.97 - All users must upgrade to User Firmware 7.97.

To download, visit the VEX Download Page at the new If you have any questions or have problems upgrading, feel free to contact us via e-mail at

Written by Tim Friez

February 3rd, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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