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ROBOTC for Arduino Public BETA Released!

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Just in time for summer, the ROBOTC dev-team has released the first Public BETA of “ROBOTC for Arduino”. The Arduino is a cool, low-cost embedded controller board that is great for learning the basics of robotics, electronics and creative engineering.

The new version of ROBOTC has support for all of the popular official Arduino boards – Diecimila, Duemilanove, Uno, MEGA 1280 and MEGA 2560.

All of the ROBOTC features you’ve come to know and love have been brought to the Arduino, including easy motor and sensor control, the powerful ROBOTC debugger, sample program library, and many other features.

ROBOTC for Arduino

ROBOTC for the Arduino will be free for use all summer long, so visit http://www.robotc.net/download/arduino/ and start using the Arduino with ROBOTC!

IF you’re looking to purchase an Arduino, we strongly recommend you check out http://www.sparkfun.com for everything Arduino and cool accessories!

Note: The ROBOTC for Arduino 3.12 build is still compatible with the NXT and Cortex versions of ROBOTC. Your existing installations will be upgraded to 3.12, but you will be able to use the NXT, Cortex, and Arduino all in the same version of ROBOTC.

Main Documentation/Support Page:
http://www.robotc.net/wiki/ARDUINO

Installing Drivers:
http://www.robotc.net/wiki/ARDUINO_Installing_Drivers

Getting Started (Installing Firmware/Samples):
http://www.robotc.net/wiki/Tutorials/Getting_Started#Getting_Started_with_Arduino

Link to ROBOTC.net Forums for Arduino:
http://www.robotc.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=62

Written by Tim Friez

May 11th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Announcing ROBOTC’s New Support Wiki!

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Over the past few months, the ROBOTC Development team has been updating all of the ROBOTC documentation and moving it to our new ROBOTC Wiki website. This new Wiki will contain a full in-depth function reference for all ROBOTC platforms. The eventual goal is to have the Wiki be the central location for all ROBOTC documentation.

In addition, the Wiki will house documentation and instructions for a number of exciting ROBOTC projects that have been highlighted on the ROBOTC Blog over the past few years and all new projects moving forward.

We need your feedback!

The wiki will be frequently updated as we are always improving ROBOTC , so stop by http://www.robotc.net/wiki/ to take a look! If you have any suggestions or recommendations, feel free to drop us a line at support@robotc.net.

The ROBOTC team is also looking for community volunteers to help make the ROBOTC wiki a central location for all ROBOTC knowledge – if you are interested in helping out, please send us an e-mail to support@robotc.net.

Written by Tim Friez

May 11th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Arduino,NXT,VEX

New Virtual World: The Ruins of Atlantis!

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The Robot Virtual World team is proud to announce a brand new virtual environment: The Ruins of Atlantis!

European, Asian, and African histories all reference an ancient city named Atlantis. According to legend, Atlantis was the center of trade and commerce for Eurasia thousands of years ago. Atlantis had incredible wealth due to a combination of prolific natural resources, people that were gifted and wise, and because it was located on a trade route used by Europeans, Asians, and Africans.  For years we’ve thought that Atlantis was a myth, but with the emergence of new robotics technologies we are able to explore areas of the world that humans have never been to before.  Read on to learn more.

The Ruins of Atlantis Virtual World is designed to reinforce behavior-based programming in a fun and meaningful way. Students can practice their ROBOTC programming, using a full set of virtual motors and sensors on exciting new robots, 6000 meters below the surface of the ocean. Example code found in the Sample Programs > Virtual World folder built-in to ROBOTC will help them collect as many gems and coins as possible throughout the world.

Here’s video of the new AnemoBot traveling through the Ruins of Atlantis.

Click here to download the Ruins of Atlantis.

Need help setting up Robot Virtual Worlds? Visit this page!

Written by Jesse Flot

May 11th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Posted in NXT,Releases,VEX