VEX Robotics recently released a brand new, free software called, SnapCAD, which is a community-built solution for designing virtual VEX IQ models. SnapCAD is a great option to test out a novel idea in the virtual world before building it physically, or to share your creations with the world in the form of step-by-step build instructions!
We at Robomatter want to help you get started with an introductory set of tutorials videos! The videos cover the workspace configuration, creating a new model and adding parts. VEX has included pre-build models of all four VEX IQ Starter Kit robots, so we walk you through where they are and how to include them. The final three videos touch on part selection, positioning, rotation, and what the grid does.
In China, there’s a week dedicated to science and our China ROBOTC team was there to participate in the big event! “Science Week” is an annual nationwide event where students are encouraged to attend their area science and technology center to feel and see the latest development and innovation of the technical world.
“Beijing Science Week” is the largest exhibition in China. By winning the 2015 VEX World Champion title in VEX IQ programing challenge, China ROBOTC team was the only robotic educational institution invited to showcase the VEX IQ robot and Maker idea with the powerful ROBOTC programming software.
As honorable guest of the event, Professor Kim Hyatt and Labash from CMU visited China ROBOTC booth and joined the award ceremony of Beijing Science Week in China.
At the closing event, China ROBOTC VEX IQ was awarded with the most popular demo by the crowd and Terry Sy, director of China ROBOTC, was awarded with Science Week Event Ambassador. Congrats to everyone involved!
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We LOVE getting Twitter posts sent to us about ROBOTC. In the last few months, you have shared even more great posts and pictures with us. We decided to make a THIRD compilation of some of our favorites so you can check out some of the cool projects going on …
The ROBOTC Development Team is very excited to announce our latest update, ROBOTC 4.32. This update is for the VEX Robotics (VEX EDR CORTEX and VEX IQ) robotics systems and includes new features, functionality and a load of bug fixes.
Download the “VEXnet Key 2.0 Firmware Upgrade Utility” and insert your VEXnet 2.0 key to any free USB port on your computer. Follow the instructions on the utility to update each key individually. All VEXnet 2.0 keys must be running the same version in order to function properly.
After updating your VEXnet 2.0 keys, you will need to update your VEX Cortex and VEX Game Controllers with Master Firmware Version 4.25 from inside of ROBOTC.
After updating the master firmware, users will also have to update the VEX Cortex with the latest ROBOTC firmware as well.
ROBOTC 4.30 —> 4.32 Change Log:
Robot Virtual Worlds Package Manager
Robot Virtual Worlds Package Manager simplifies keeping your RVW worlds up-to-date and allows you to easily download new ones.
RBC Macro Editor
The RBC Macro Editor allows you to quickly create a ROBOTC Text-Based or Graphical macro file that will pre-configure many aspects of the UI, such as platform, the debugger windows that are to be opened, the default save-as file name and many others. If you are targeting Virtual Worlds, you can also select which world should be used.
Debugstream has been made more robust to prevent buffer overflows and corrupted data.
Added quick access, “Add License” menu item.
Added command line option to deactivate all active, non-building licenses (-DEACTIVATE).
“SensorValue” intrinsic definition changed from ‘word’ to ‘int’. This will allow it be be either ‘short’ or ‘long’ depending on the native “int” format of specific platform.
CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+D” is new keyboard accelerator to open preferences.
All libraries (DLLs) and executables are now signed.
General Bug Fixes
Fix issue where a “save as” with a new document -> then a subsequent “save” would cause a “save as” prompt in the wrong location.
Fix enumeration bug in Joystick Driver
Context menu for large ICON toolbar changes now take immediate effect.
Fix the repeatUntil(0) warning message to say “‘repeat until’ expression is constant ‘0’. Loop will never exit.”
Fix issue with command line deactivation with building licenses
IDE was not removing error flags from graphical blocks.
Long operands on opcodes “&” “|”, “^” and “~” were incorrectly handling negative 16-bit constants.
Fix bug in addTo/MinusTo/DivideTo/TimesTo opcode when variable is a global short variable and the operand is a 16-bit or less compile time constant.
Fix issue that prevented functions that return pointers to be dereferenced in an expression.
Fixed a bug where the missing “Name” field would cause a crash for the command line activation.
Hitting the Control key no longer deselects all the things.
Bug causing Graphical Block artefacts on the screen has been fixed.
Added 2 more RVW Cortex Standard Models.
Enhancements to improve the VEX Cortex IME functionality in Virtual Worlds
Fixed download firmware button not allowing you to cancel the procedure
Small fix for VEX Cortex to disable sensor ports during initialization to prevent solenoid jitter.
Fixed issue of “SQUAREBOT” standard model having PID control enabled with quadrature encoders.
Fixed issue of “SQUAREBOT” standard model not having the VEX LCD configured.
Removed the quadrature encoders from the “SQUAREBOT – IME” standard model.