Review: Lego Mindstorms EV3 discovery book

I was very excited to receive a copy of Laurens Valk’s latest book; The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book published by NoStarch Press. You may know Laurens from his previous Lego Mindstorms titles, and if you own any of his previous works you’ll know he puts considerable time and attention into his books . This edition is(…)

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Chopp3r – a Lego Mindstorms EV3 helicopter

Chopp3r – a Lego Mindstorms EV3 helicopter

CHOPP3R is a search-and-rescue helicopter made from a single 31313 Lego Mindstorms EV3 set. I built this as a potential model for a book, but as the book has not materialised I decided to publish it instead! CHOPP3R has working top and rear rotors driven my a medium motor. It searches for a liferaft containing(…)

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leJOS 0.5.0-alpha for EV3 on Mac OS

These are my project notes from getting the 0.5.0-alpha release of leJOS working to develop Java programs for the EV3 in Eclipse on my Mac. After following these steps you will have a working Eclipse development environment that can send programs to the EV3 over wifi or Bluetooth. If you are using another release then(…)

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Using the Mindsensors EV3 Console Adapter on Mac OS

Using the Mindsensors EV3 Console Adapter on Mac OS

Mindsensors have released a special EV3 Console Adapter that lets you connect your EV3 console to a PC or Linux. What’s missing so far is a Mac OS X driver, so in this tutorial I show you how to configure the standard FTDI driver to work with the Mindsensors EV3 Console Adapater. Why do you(…)

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HelloWorld.java: first steps with Java on EV3

HelloWorld.java: first steps with Java on EV3

In my last post I shared how to get a working version of leJOS running on your wifi-enabled EV3.  Now we need to make it do something, so in this tutorial I will cover the basic tools for compiling, uploading and executing leJOS Java programs on the EV3. Get the leJOS source Andy has uploaded(…)

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Java on the EV3; porting leJOS

Java on the EV3; porting leJOS

Now you can experiment with a very early port of leJOS to the EV3 courtesy of Andy Shaw, one of the core developers of the leJOS framework. If you prefer coding in Java and enjoy the rich class library support offered by leJOS then this post is for you! But be warned; it’s early days(…)

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