Tag Archive: ev3

Dec 08

Mindsensors EV3Lights – Tips, Tricks and Hacks

This week, I’m discussing the new EV3Lights by Mindsensors. I will explain what they are, what’s included in the package, talk about alternative power options, as well as how to program them and teach you a few of my very own hacks (multicolors, pulsing, etc.). The Mindsensors EV3Lights are LED lights that are controlled by …

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Nov 10

Comments – The Most Useful Pieces of Code that do Nothing

How can something that doesn’t do anything be so useful? Comments are a feature used in many programming languages, EV3-G included. They don’t play any function in the program, so they are very useful for keeping notes on what is happening at each part of the program. EV3 comments can also be used to make …

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Nov 03

MyBlock Parameters in EV3-G – The Ultimate Programming Convenience

This week, I will teach you how to define parameters for your MyBlocks in EV3-G. Parameters provide a very convenient way to adjust the values within a MyBlock in an EV3 program, without having to alter the MyBlock itself. My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for the month of October were: Venkateshalu, Albert Bricker, …

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Oct 27

Is the Branching Error Fixed? – Testing EV3 Software V1.2.2

This week, I will be testing EV3-G code samples to demonstrate how the latest EV3 software update (V1.2.2) has resolved the branching error discussed last week (A.K.A. VM Instruction Break Error). I will be doing a side by side comparison of the same code compiled in both the old (V1.2.1) and new (V1.2.2) versions of …

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Oct 20

EV3 VM Instruction Break Error – The Cause + Solution Explained

The cause of the EV3’s Virtual Machine (VM) Instruction Break Error is now understood, and a solution has been announced, thanks to collaboration between the LEGO MINDSTORMS Community, the LEGO Group and National Instruments. In this video, I will explain the cause of the VM Instruction Break Error, explain why it has been such a …

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Oct 13

What is the Best EV3 Line Follower For You?

What line follower should I use for my EV3 robot? This video will give you all of the information you need to decide which line follower would work best for you, your robot and your situation. This video will compare a zig-zag line follower, a 2-sensor line follower, a proportional line follower, a 2-sensor proportional …

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Oct 08

The Grunt at 2016 World Maker Faire NYC

The Grunt, an interactive, bipedal EV3 humanoid, made an appearance at the 2016 World Maker Faire in Corona, Queens on October 1st and 2nd. All who stopped by were able to have a meet-and-greet with the EV3 Grunt and try out all of his fun features, like handshakes and “Hungry mode,” where he reacts to …

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Oct 06

PID Line Follower for EV3 – The Ultimate Line Follower!

  This video will teach you everything you need to know in order to program a PID line follower for your EV3 robot. In the video, I explain how to measure your target Color Sensor light value; I explain the three aspects of PID line following (Proportional, Integral, Derivative) and the math behind them; I …

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Sep 29

EV3 vs NXT in FLL – Is the EV3 Really Superior?

Does an EV3 really have an advantage over an NXT in an FLL competition? Today, I discuss using an EV3 or NXT brick to power your FLL robot. I discuss what advantages an EV3 may have over an NXT, and give suggestions on how an NXT team can compete against EV3 teams in an FLL …

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Sep 22

How to Program an NXT in EV3-G

Ever wondered how to program an NXT using the EV3’s programming language, known as EV3-G? This video will teach you how to unlock the benefits of programming using EV3-G on the NXT platform, as well as help you decide why you may chose to use EV3 programming. My Patreon supporter(s) for more than $5 for …

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