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  1. That's great, looking forward to giving it a try.
  2. OSX gives warnings about EV3 software being 32bit and will be unsupported in then next OSX.
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    Amazing, thanks for the new Control+ brick information.
  4. Use the teacher's version Windows / OSX (allows multi-brick operation) or the excellent online Microsoft MakeCode version (with a simulator) Both require 1.10E (this version the EV3 shows up as a drive in your OS) are free and work great.
  5. Here's a workaround for Windows 10 Rename setupldd-pc-4_3_11.exe to: Right click on and extract Delete this file: install_flash_player_active_x.exe Rename OpenGLChecker.exe to: install_flash_player_active_x.exe Run setupldd-pc-4_3_11.exe
  6. If you're just starting out with programming for the EV3, I'd recommend Microsofts MakeCode over LEGOs more advanced LabView based IDE. Make sure to install V1.10E of the firmware if you want to use MakeCode. MakeCode has an EV3 simulator, including motors, sensors, and IR. PS get the teachers edition of LEGOs EV3 software.
  7. Yet another way to control your EV3 bricks MATLAB Support Package for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Hardware enables you to use MATLAB to communicate with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 over a USB cable, wireless network, or Bluetooth®. MATLAB functions are provided to control the motors and interface with other sensors and actuators on the robot.
  8. Previously I posted about Microsoft's MakeCode Block language for the EV3 (an excellent way to introduce yourself to EV3 programming). Anyone going to the MakeCode site might have also noticed support for the BBC Micro:Bit. The BBC Micro:Bit is a very small and cheap ~$18 USD micro. It was designed to get youngsters into programming much like the LEGO Boost. The link below adds a LEGO Power Functions IR transmit extension to the tiny Micro:Bit with just the addition of an IR LED (not included with the MicroBit). FYI: The MicroBit has Bluetooth LE, Serial 115200,N,8,1 over USB, a 3 axis accelerometer, compass, two pushbuttons, 25 LEDs, GPIO, SPI, Serial, I2C... I'd say this opens up some interesting possibilities for remote controlling your EV3 or Power Functions motors. If the built-in accelerometer isn't your cup of tea perhaps a joystick add-on might be just the thing.
  9. I wonder if the new Control+ will be part of and or compatible with the Spike Prime? And if it will be autonomous or rely on an external device for its brains.
  10. Hello Michiel On my Windows 10 Pro PC (Intel NUC) with all the latest updates 1809 the brick shows up as an external drive. But on my Microsoft Surface GO it does not... Edit: I noticed a device under Universal Serial Bus controllers had a problem, I right clicked and searched for an update and low and behold it now shows up as a drive. Edit 2: Did a fresh Windows 10 Home install and the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 teachers edition software and the drive letter shows up properly no issues or additional drivers were required. I don't see why any Ethernet over USB would be required but something is amiss. I'll see what I can find and post here. I've never had to install an RNDIS driver (nor does RNDIS show up in my networking section) Note: I install and uninstall all sorts of software on my Windows machines and once in a while things get so screwed up I just reinstall Windows. Agreed, MakeCode is an excellent alternative to LEGO's LabView for people getting started with EV3 programming. It appears to be lacking brick to brick communications but perhaps that can be fixed with an extension. Hardcore programmers will more likely be interested in the official LEGO Python that was recently released. PS: Dear LEGO. Please update your OSX EV3 software to x64 else OSX won't run it in the near future.
  11. Seems LEGO added programming blocks to the Powered up app for the Train & Batmobile app.
  12. Sure, here's the link. I found out about it by accident while downloading the EV3 1.10E firmware. I've attached an image of the homepage, MakeCode supports a handful of different devices.
  13. Hello, I searched the site for MakeCode but came up empty. Has anyone used Microsoft's MakeCode with an EV3? It's an online programming editor similar to Scratch plus Javascript. The highlight for me is EV3 emulation including EV3 peripherals. This appears to be what brick firmware version 1.10E added. Anyone else tried this? Comments?