Archive for May, 2010

ROBOTC for Mindstorms 2.16.1 Beta Released – Now with Color Sensor Support!

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The ROBOTC dev team has worked hard to push this new release out. If you didn’t see in the title, this release supports the Color Sensor!

Click here to go to the download page, Under the BETA releases

See below for the list of changes…


  • Version 2.16.1 Bug Fixes:
    • Invalid switch case statement was preventing NXT from downloading – Fixed.
    • Breakpoint from v810 firmware removed, firmware up-issued to v811.
    • Typo in preferences fixed.
    • Deactivate License feature re-enabled.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Preserve platform type when registry information is deleted.
    • Improve code allocation of temporary variables.
    • Add “unsigned” qualifier to eliminate compiler warning.
    • Add “default” clause to switch statement.
    • “sgn” opcode for ‘float’ parameter was incorrectly checking the ‘short’ result to see if it was a ‘float’ NAN (Not A Number). This check should only be performed when the function return is a float variable. This issue has been fixed
    • Generate error message if “motor and sensors setup” pragma declaration not found as first lines of program. Some users had these statements elsewhere and problems were occuring.
    • Status tool bar now displays the “port number” or “NXT name” of connected robot. Previously the field was “===========”
    • Vertical scroll was not being hidden when screen was expanded large enough to fit complete file. This problem has been fixed.
  • Enhancements:
    • Added support for LEGO Color Sensor and LEGO I2C Temperature Sensor.

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 27th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Posted in General News,NXT,Releases

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FREE Download: ROBOTC for Cortex BETA 2.16 available

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Hi again,

ROBOTC for Cortex BETA 2.16 has just been uploaded to the servers. Click here to download it!

Here are the changes:

  • Trial extended to 9/31/2010 – Yay!
  • More accurate feedback from the Accelerometer in the game controller
  • Fixes an issue where ROBOTC was overloading the 2-wire H-Bridge motor ports when switching the from forward to reverse directions.
  • Various bug fixes

Hope you enjoy it!

By the way, Cortex hardware is now available for Pre-Order at the Robomatter Robotics Education store.
Be the first to get it!

New Cortex Hardware available for pre-order

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 24th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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FREE Download: ROBOTC for CORTEX beta now available!

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Exciting news everyone!

ROBOTC for Cortex 2.15 BETA is now available for your downloading pleasure. This version will allow you to be able to program the brand new Cortex microcontroller by IFI – Yes, the same makers of the original VEX platform.

Download it here – Download page for ROBOTC for Cortex BETA


This will overwrite your ROBOTC for IFI installation on your computer. This will only happen with the BETA builds and will not happen with the official release.

VEX Cortex Microcontroller

VEX Cortex Microcontroller

The Cortex Platform offers a ton of upgrades from the original platform. Here are a few points just to name a few:

  • 9 TIMES faster than the original VEX
  • 35 times more memory (RAM)
  • More Digital and Analog ports

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 5th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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Liquid Handling Robot

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Mike Barnkob posted a really nice project on the ROBOTC forums;  a liquid handling robot.  I am sure you’ve seen them on most CSI shows; not like this one, however.  As you can see from the picture, it’s a fairly large contraption.  For additional coolness, he made use of the Firgelli Linear Actuators. The motors are controlled by using two NXTs that communicate through BlueTooth.

Mike’s written a rather nice project journal of sorts where he kept track of his project’s progress.  You can read it here: [LINK].  There are plenty of videos and source code snippets to illustrate how it was all put together.

A job well done, I’d say!

YouTube Direct Link 

Written by Xander Soldaat

May 1st, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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