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Using LEGO MINDSTORMS Motors with BeagleBone Blue

It turns out that it is possible to connect Mindstorms EV3 motors directly to the BeagleBone Blue. So really, this is just a matter of creating an adapter cable. First, let’s talk about the LEGO Mindstorms motor connections. The NXT

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Mounting a BeagleBone Blue to Your LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot

BeagleBoard.org has just released a new product called the BeagleBone Blue. It has the same processor as a BeagleBone Black, but is designed specifically for robotics and includes built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, an accelerometer and motor controllers (and more). I was fortunate

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Adding a Display to BrickPi

Have you ever wished your BrickPi had a display so that you could see what is going on with your robot without having to be connected to a remote terminal? Well now you can. Adafruit sells a couple PiTFT displays that are compatible with BrickPi. This is the story of how I added one to my BrickPi.

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LEGO MovieMaker USB Camera with EV3 and ev3dev

Some (but not all) USB webcams will work on LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 running ev3dev. Fortunately, one of them is the camera from the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set. The camera from the Vision Command set should have the same

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Using UART Sensors on any Linux

UPDATE: This post has been modified for the 2.0 DKMS package release (2015-02-14). Thanks to the ev3dev project, it is possible to use any LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 UART sensor on any kind of Linux with a serial port. I have

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Will Work For Sensors

I’ve been involved in the ev3dev project for almost a year now. Up to now, everything I have done has been on GitHub, but this is a more personal message, so posting it on my personal website. This is an open

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