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Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available 
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Post Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available
The ROBOTC Development Team is excited to announce the availability of ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 – an update for the VEX Cortex and VEX IQ platforms.
This new version supports the latest firmware versions provided by VEX Robotics (4.20 for VEX Cortex / 1.09 for VEX IQ) and all of the new features supported by the new firmware updates. Some of these new improvements include:

- Support for the VEXnet 2.0 (white) Radios for the VEX Cortex
- Bug Fixes for the VEX IQ system to prevent “I2C Errors”
- Speed enhancements for VEX IQ for better performance of motors and sensor
- New VEX IQ commands for Gyro sensors

This new version of ROBOTC also supports the VEX IQ “Graphical Natural Language” feature. This new interface allows users to program robots from inside ROBOTC with easy-to-use graphical blocks that can be drag-and-dropped to form a program. Each block represents an individual command from the “text-based” ROBOTC and Natural Language. The new click and drag interface along with the simplified commands of Natural Language allows any robotics user to get up and running with programming their robots as soon as possible. As of today, the Graphical Natural Language commands work with the VEX IQ system, but we’re actively developing support for ALL ROBOTC supported platforms!

Before you can use ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08, you will need to ensure that your VEX devices are up to date. The instructions to update your hardware will be different depending on what hardware setup you may have…

VEX IQ Users
- Run the “VEX IQ Firmware Update Utility” and update your VEX IQ brain to firmware version 1.09. You will also have to install the latest ROBOTC firmware from inside of ROBOTC.

VEX Cortex Users (with Black VEXnet 1.0 Keys)
- You will need to update your VEX Cortex and VEX Game Controllers with version 4.20 from inside of ROBOTC. After updating your master firmware, you will also have to install the latest ROBOTC firmware as well.

VEX Cortex Users (with White VEXnet 2.0 Keys)
- The new VEXnet 2.0 keys have a specific “radio firmware” that you will need to upgrade to enable “Download and Debugging” support. You can find this utility here.
- Download the “VEXnet Key 2.0 Firmware Upgrade Utility” and insert your VEXnet 2.0 key to any free USB port on your computer. Follow the instructions on the utility to update each key individually. All VEXnet 2.0 keys must be running the same version in order to function properly.
- After updating your VEXnet 2.0 keys, you will need to update your VEX Cortex and VEX Game Controllers with version 4.20 from inside of ROBOTC. After updating your master firmware, you will also have to install the latest ROBOTC firmware as well.
* Note that this new firmware version will support download and debugging with both VEXnet 1.0 (black) and VEXnet 2.0 (white) keys.

For more information on ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08, please see this blog post. You can download the latest version of ROBOTC for VEX Robotics here.

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Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:59 am
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Post Re: Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available
We are getting ready to use this for PLTW training this summer. I noticed that when setting up motors and sensors, there is no flashlight option in the motors tab dropdowns. I can get it if I use the POE testbed standard setup, but cannot change what port it goes to.


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Post Re: Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available
dahumphr wrote:
We are getting ready to use this for PLTW training this summer. I noticed that when setting up motors and sensors, there is no flashlight option in the motors tab dropdowns. I can get it if I use the POE testbed standard setup, but cannot change what port it goes to.


Fixed in next version of ROBOTC - sorry about the oversight!

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Fri May 30, 2014 9:52 am
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Post Re: Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available
I now have 4.10 installed and the problem remains - flashlight does not show up in the dropdowns in the motors tab in motors and sensors setup. Am I missing something?


Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:22 am
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Post Re: Update - ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.08 available
John, Just finished the class at CMU last week - Cortex. My current inventory has 5 Protobot Robot kits, purchased for my PLTW, Principles of Engineering class. I am now (along with PLTW) teaching Robotics this fall, 20 students. My question is, what and how many items should I purchase, so that the class can build the Squarebot, as we did in class last week? I know the ratio is 2:1, student to robot. I know there is some cross over for the inventory of the Protobots can can be used is the Vex Cortex construction of Squarebots. I'm just not sure what I should purchase, and what the product name and serial numbers are.

I'm guessing this is what my order might look like:
10 VEX Cortex Kits (Product number??) approx $1,200 each
30 seat licenses for RobotC (Product number??) approx. $600.00 for the year
30 seat licenses for Virtual World (Product numer??) aprox $300.00 for the year

That means I'll be spending approx $13,000.00 ??

OR, can some of the materials from my current inventory be utilized cutting the cost to around $8,000.
Thanks in advance for help. Bob Sedlak


Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:33 am
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