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Discovering duplicate CAN IDs

Discovering duplicate CAN IDs

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Each device on the CAN network must have a unique ID. This blog post will help you discover SD540C's with repeated CAN IDs.

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Linking Javadoc in Eclipse

Linking Javadoc in Eclipse

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This quick guide will walk you through linking the mindsensors FRC library Javadoc in Eclipse for Content Assist.

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How to Use SD540C and CANLight with LabVIEW

How to Use SD540C and CANLight with LabVIEW

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This blog post will guide you through programming your CANLight and SD540C devices from LabVIEW.

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All About Limit Switches

All About Limit Switches

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Learn how you can use limit switches with the SD540C on your FRC robot!

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Using the mindsensors Configuration Tool

Using the mindsensors Configuration Tool

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The mindsensors Configuration Tool is your tool to change any parameters on your SD540Cs and CANLights. You can change the basics such as device ID and name, but it also lets you perform more advanced functions like configuring limit switches for the SD540C or testing colors on the CANLight.

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How to Use SD540C and CANLight with RoboRIO

How to Use SD540C and CANLight with RoboRIO

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We're excited to bring two new products to you this season: the SD540C motor controller and CANLight LED strip controller! This blog post will guide you though getting your first example program up and running.

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Visual Programming for PiStorms Robots

Visual Programming for PiStorms Robots

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Learn programming with Blockly visual programming environment for PiStorms

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Image Recognition Robot with PiStorms and Pi Camera

Image Recognition Robot with PiStorms and Pi Camera

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Want to make a PiStorms robot that uses a PiCamera to recognize icons placed in front of it and reacts differently to each one? This tutorial will teach you how to do just that!

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How to access PiStorms Web Interface

How to access PiStorms Web Interface

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Need to access PiStorms from your SmartPhone?

Read this to learn how...

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How To use PiStorms with Notepad ++

How To use PiStorms with Notepad ++

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Learn how to use Notepad ++ with your PiStorms using NppFTP

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How to Calibrate PiStorms Touch Screen

How to Calibrate PiStorms Touch Screen

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This post goes over how to calibrate your PiStorms touchscreen.
Note:
Calibration is only needed after a firmware upgrade.
For steps to upgrade your firmware, click here

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How to attach rechargeable battery to PiStorms

How to attach rechargeable battery to PiStorms

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So you got the rechargeable battery for PiStorms? Follow these steps to learn how to attach.

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Take User Input With a Keyboard Widget in PiStorms!

Take User Input With a Keyboard Widget in PiStorms!

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Did you ever need to take textual input with your PiStorms? This tutorial explains how to use the new input class to take input with an on-screen keyboard.

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Connect to Wi-Fi Directly from PiStorms!

Connect to Wi-Fi Directly from PiStorms!

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Connect your Raspberry Pi to a Wi-Fi network directly from PiStorms!

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Flame Detection

Flame Detection

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Use the NXTCam to detect and track flames!

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Calibrate SD540B

Calibrate SD540B

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Calibration tutorial for the SD540B

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Track Your Face With PiStorms PopHeads Program

Track Your Face With PiStorms PopHeads Program

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Awesome program that uses Pi Camera to recognize faces and track them on the PiStorms!

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Motors: EV3 vs NXT

Motors: EV3 vs NXT

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The large NXT and EV3 motors look very similar at first glance, but take a closer look...

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Troubleshooting the NXTServo

Troubleshooting the NXTServo

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Having trouble with your NXTServo? This checklist will help you troubleshoot your issue.

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LineLeader vs. LightSensorArray

LineLeader vs. LightSensorArray

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Building a line following robot but not sure what device will be best? Make your decision after taking a hard look at the differences between theses two very similar products.

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Use Arduino UNO as a Firmware Upgrader for SD540B

Use Arduino UNO as a Firmware Upgrader for SD540B

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Use the Arduino UNO to upgrade SD540B firmware

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How to Upgrade PiStorms Firmware

How to Upgrade PiStorms Firmware

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Do you need to upgrade your PiStorms to latest firmware?? Read on..........

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Transfer Files to Raspberry Pi

Transfer Files to Raspberry Pi

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Easily transfer pictures, videos, documents, and other files from your PC to the Raspberry Pi!

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mindsensors toolkit for LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2015

mindsensors toolkit for LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2015

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Do you want to use mindsensor's sensors in LabVIEW 2015? Here is how to use mindsensor's toolkit.

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Connecting Pi-Light to Raspberry Pi directly

Connecting Pi-Light to Raspberry Pi directly

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How to connect the Pi-Light directly to the Raspberry Pi without the Pi-Pan and how to program the Pi-Light. Including some example python programs.

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How to install OpenCV on Raspberry Pi and do Face Tracking

How to install OpenCV on Raspberry Pi and do Face Tracking

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Do you want to install OpenCV on your Raspberry Pi and  track faces with python, without going in to details of compiling the OpenCV package?

Follow the instructions below.

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Upgrading Evshield Firmware

Upgrading Evshield Firmware

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A simple blog post about how to upgrade the firmware of your EVShield using an Arduino.

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How to track Stronghold high goalpost using vision system on your FRC robot.

How to track Stronghold high goalpost using vision system on your FRC robot.

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At the core, Stronghold goal is just a visual pattern. A semi-circular window with bricks around. There are reflective tape markers but we will not be using them in this tutorial. All human player needs to do is scan for the pattern, our brain is able to pick out this pattern, even among all the distraction.

The question is, can computers do better? want to know keep reading.

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Set Neutral Position on Continuous Rotation Servo Using the EV3

Set Neutral Position on Continuous Rotation Servo Using the EV3

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Using an NXTservo and the LEGO EV3 this will show you how to set and find the neutral position for your Continuous Rotation servo.

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Change I2C Speed with Raspberry Pi

Change I2C Speed with Raspberry Pi

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Learn how to change the I2C speed on the raspberry pi.

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Tutorial - Soldering XT60 Connectors

Tutorial - Soldering XT60 Connectors

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Easy soldering of XT60 Connector.

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Comparing Dist-Nx and SumoEyes

Comparing Dist-Nx and SumoEyes

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Both the Dist-Nx and SumoEyes are sensors that can give your creation a kind a vision. But what is the difference between the two?

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PiStorms Compatibility

PiStorms Compatibility

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Not sure what motors and sensors are compatible with the PiStorms? Find your answers here!

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How to upgrade firmware of SD540 Motor Controller for FRC

How to upgrade firmware of SD540 Motor Controller for FRC

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The firmware of SD540 and SD540B can be upgraded to avail new features. Here is how you upgrade the firmware.

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Motor Control - Brake vs. Float

Motor Control - Brake vs. Float

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Choose the best motor stopping method to suit the needs of your robot.

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BombiniBot Whisker Error Correction

BombiniBot Whisker Error Correction

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An issue that may occur while assembling your BombiniBot is where one of the whisker values (tentacle sensor values) returns "Left", "Right", or possibly both, while the bot is stationary. This blog should help clear up and give you some troubleshooting techniques to fix the issue.

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Vision for your PiStorms Robot using Pi Camera!

Vision for your PiStorms Robot using Pi Camera!

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Do you want to make clever robot that can see and respond?

Here is how to attach a Pi Camera to your PiStorms robot...

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Programming with SD540 and Python

Programming with SD540 and Python

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Considering using python with your robot? So have we.

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Change I2C Device Address with PiStorms

Change I2C Device Address with PiStorms

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There is a quick and easy way to change I2C device addresses! Change the I2C address from the PiStorms touchscreen with the Change Address program.

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PiStorms Explorer

PiStorms Explorer

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Easily find the i2c address and device information of a sensor attached to the PiStorms!

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Access PiStorms Raspberry Pi Remotely - Tutorial

Access PiStorms Raspberry Pi Remotely - Tutorial

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Gain remote access to you PiStorms and Raspberry Pi with your home, work, or school network!

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Upgrade Your PiStorms Software - Tutorial

Upgrade Your PiStorms Software - Tutorial

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Keep your PiStorms software up to date with this easy process!

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How to prevent electrical reverse polarity or connection mistakes on your FRC robot.

How to prevent electrical reverse polarity or connection mistakes on your FRC robot.

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Often new team members (or even experienced ones) building an FRC robot, under the pressure of ticking clock, make the terrible mistake of connecting the wrong wires at  the wrong places. These mistakes can cost teams lots of money, headaches, and more importantly valuable time! This can be easily avoided if you follow these few simple steps.

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Line Following Robot with LightSensorArray or LineLeader

Line Following Robot with LightSensorArray or LineLeader

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Track a line with LightSensorArray or LineLeader. Link to example codes included!

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Magic-Wand on Raspi-Proto with Optional Direction Sensing

Magic-Wand on Raspi-Proto with Optional Direction Sensing

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Make your own Magic Wand for Raspberry Pi!

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PiStorms Python Programming Tutorial

PiStorms Python Programming Tutorial

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Get started programming your PiStorms in Python. 

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How To Use SD540

How To Use SD540

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Want to use the SD540 with Labview? Here is a simple example to get you started.

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Program PiStorms with Scratch - Getting Started

Program PiStorms with Scratch - Getting Started

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Programming PiStorms is now as easy as pi! Program your PiStorms robots with Scratch.

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PiStorms Frame Assembly

PiStorms Frame Assembly

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Want to build a chassis for your PiStorms Robot? Mount you PiStorms and Raspberry Pi to the PiStorms Frame to connect your LEGO pieces.

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Connecting Raspberry Pi to Wifi

Connecting Raspberry Pi to Wifi

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Using the RTL8188 chip-set we will show you how to connect your Raspberry Pi to a wireless network with 10 steps.

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More Motors with PiStorms

More Motors with PiStorms

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Using NxtMMX with PiStorms

The PiStorms has four motor ports, for some people that could be a problem.  However, using the Mindsensors.com NxtMMX on the sensor ports of a PiStorms board we can can add an additional eight motors being that can be controlled, for a total of twelve motor ports.

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Catching Mike

Catching Mike

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Catching Mike is a simple but fun game you can play on your PiStorms!

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Wireless Controlled LEGO Robot with PSP-Nx

Wireless Controlled LEGO Robot with PSP-Nx

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Learn how to mount the PSP-Nx on a classic NXT robot, the TriBot. Link to example code included!

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My Loyal PyDog Companion

My Loyal PyDog Companion

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PyDog

 

The PyDog, is an interactive robot using Raspberry Pi, PiStorms, and NXTSumoEyes.  PyDog will see you through the NXTSumoEyes, turn to face you then greet you by shaking, barking, and wagging it's tail.

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Change I2C Device Address

Change I2C Device Address

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Learn how to change your I2C device's address.

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Check Basic Information of Your I2C Sensors

Check Basic Information of Your I2C Sensors

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Having trouble communicating with your I2C sensor? This is the first step in troubleshooting I2C communication!

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Tuning BombiniBot Motors

Tuning BombiniBot Motors

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Does your BombiniBot fade to one side when you tell it to go straight? This will fix him. Straighten out misbehaving BombiniBots by tuning the motor speeds.

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Sam the Emotional Robot

Sam the Emotional Robot

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At first Sam seems calm and collective, but get a closer look to see how easily he is scared.

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Tri-Bot Claw and Touch Sensor Removal

Tri-Bot Claw and Touch Sensor Removal

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Simple steps to remove the Tri-Bot claw and touch sensor.

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Make Your Own Obstacle Avoidance Robot with SumoEyes

Make Your Own Obstacle Avoidance Robot with SumoEyes

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Learn how to make a simple obstacle avoidance robot using SumoEyes. Link to example code included!

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Rotary Inverted Pendulum with PF-XL Motor and GlideWheel-M

Rotary Inverted Pendulum with PF-XL Motor and GlideWheel-M

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Rotary Inverted Pendulum with PF-XL Motor and GlideWheel-M

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Attach Mulitple Sensors to a Single EV3 Port

Attach Mulitple Sensors to a Single EV3 Port

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Learn how to attach several sensors to a single EV3 port using SPLIT-Nx.

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Line Tracking Experiments with NXTCam

Line Tracking Experiments with NXTCam

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Want to build a vision assisted line tracking robot?

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How to recover NXT from clicking brick syndrome

How to recover NXT from clicking brick syndrome

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Is your NXT dead with clicking noise?

Here is a short tutorial to revive your dead brick.

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