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ROBOTC for Mindstorms 2.16 Beta Released – Now with Color Sensor Support!

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Great news for ROBOTC fans!

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…


  • 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 24th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Posted in General News

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
  • 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 9:08 pm

Posted in General News

Robots to the rescue: How they help humans

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Robot inspects brief

Whether they’re recovering an undetonated bomb from a car in Times Square or going deep under water to activate a cutoff valve on an oil-drilling platform, robots often take the place of humans and do the dangerous, dirty work we don’t want to do.

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Here’s a look at some of our favorite robotic friends.

Link to the article: Robots to the Rescue: How they help humans

Source: Newsweek

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 6th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Posted in General News

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


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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 7:56 pm

Posted in ROBOTC