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  1. He basically said "I can't tell you much about them because they are none of my affiliates". And he didn't mentioned the german distributer jb spielwaren (which would be important for german customers)
  2. Yes I thought that it worked and I retested but it didn't work well. It still works if you can trick the spike software to use the ri firmware. It seems to be a firmware issue. But yeah, not a good way.
  3. Yep that sounds right. It simply doesn't make sense to set the speed of motors without a speed sensor.
  4. Nope it works with the train motor, the lights and the other ones as well. You have to add the additional motor blocks to the program and use power, not speed. At least with the robot inventor software. The spike software seems like it doesn't like that.
  5. The motors do work with scratch
  6. Both hubs work with all of the powered up and control+ motors. You are mostly right for the sensors tho. (You can use all of the sensors in python but not in the scratch environment)
  7. EV3 will be discontinued this summer, so SPIKE and RI replace EV3.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    The NXT and EV3 programming environments used mostly icons like the powered up app, but there was text if you put the mouse on the icons (and a few things had descriptions for EV3. The scratch-like programming came with RI and SPIKE (and the new EV3 software). The EV3 programming environment had 2 blocks for motors: one for the medium and one for the large motor. I don't think that we'd need such a separation. You can integrate the "stop motor" option into the normal motor block. I don't think that the 127 thing is a big issue. You don't press the stop button by accident and if you do you see the behaviour and you can think about why it does that. Yeah, it's not an "elegant" solution but it works perfectly fine for most use cases.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    It's actually very easy to change this for the remote. Change the multiplier to 100, add one to the first block and change the input to the remote sensor block. The "problem" is the hub selection block which has to be added, too. I don't really like the idea of composite blocks. They just add more blocks and the current amount of blocks is already a chaos. Maybe it would make sense to compare the PUP app to the mindstorms ev3 and mindstorms nxt software. They were very similar but yet easier to understand. The blocks were "categories" that could be modified in behaviour (move, move for seconds, move for degrees, all of them were in one block). Also, there was way better documentation.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    You wouldn't need to understand start blocks, loops, conditions etc with a very simple examle. Take this, maybe remove the *-1 block. It would be ready to go, only the ports might have to be adjusted. And that wouldn't be a problem if there was an error message that told you about the wrong port.
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    That comes pretty close to examples (which I think we can agree are really needed). Error messages would probably help, too. Currently the app doesn't tell you if you selected the wrong port or if you tried to read the position of a sensor without position sensor. I don't think that a "simple designer" would be necessary if there were simple examples and error messages. The touchscreen sliders can be adjusted to "keep the position".
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    Idk. One of the problems that I see is that there are too many special blocks in the motor category (I feel like 5 do almost the same and that functionality could be achieved with other blocks) and I hope that that won't happen in the other categorys. But you can check if a button is beeing released. Simply use the block that you used but add another "is equal" block above the "is equal" block in your program. You can set one side to 0 (basically a NOT).
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    largest drivers on Lego track

    insert multi track drifting meme here
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    Powered Up - A tear down...

    There is a list (tho a few new blocks are missing) with explanations for all of the powered up blocks by racing brick: Also, I made a video tutorial series: Yeah, nothing official but I hope that it's a start. I think that that is a major point. Children start to learn programming in schools, so they should be able to adapt to the powered up app more easily than older people that never did anything related to programming. But code examples (simple ones that get more complicated) are a must have. Also, I don't think that there is a real curriculum to teach programming for lego education. It's more of a guide for the teacher but it's not good for self-learning. One problem with the powered up app might be that there is no "specific hardware combination" that you can rely on. LEGO is all about creativity and building stuff on your own. I think that people can expect to do their own stuff with lego. Also, powered up needs to be accessible to compete with power functions, especially since there are many power functions 3rd party options now.
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    Powered Up Hub not working at all

    I think that the location permissions might be in the connection or bluetooth settings, but I don't own an ios device myself.