VEXcode IQ Blocks - Fully Functional Preview

Yes. We are aiming to release the iOS version with 1.0 in August. The Android version will be this Fall.

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Just having a good look. When setting up the drive train, will you include the ability to add 2 more motors ?

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Will look at downloading, but app robots locket away at school.

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I didn’t see it mentioned, but does this looks like it’s graphical-only. Will there be a text-mode similar to VexCode V5, or will VexCode proper get IQ libraries at some point?

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Will VEXCode for IQ also work with text? I teach textual based programming to my MS IQ kids.

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Yes. VEXcode IQ Text will be released this fall. This will be similar to VEXcode V5 Text.

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VEXcode IQ Blocks will replace ROBOTC Graphical.
VEXcode IQ Text will replace ROBOTC.

Both ROBOTC Graphical and ROBOTC will be phased out for VEX IQ.

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Are virtual worlds supported? I downloaded the software on Mac and I don’t see virtual worlds. Is this coming?

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It didnt get answered in the new tech support sub-category so i guess I’ll ask here:

Will the capability for users to create their own blocks be included at some point? I could envision using broadcast but that’s a rather clunky way to do things.

Also - what about saving data to a file? or viewing variables somewhere besides the brain’s screen?

Ann

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Just curious, what custom blocks would you create?

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So based in Scratch v3.0 it’s open source? Do you have a GIT for this code? Do you have planned a LINUX version?.

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Try Scratch 3.0 web page. You can find plenty or examples about your own blocks.

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At this time, Robot Virtual Worlds as it is known in ROBOTC is not planned for VEXcode IQ Blocks. We are, however, looking at ways to provide interactive experiences within the VEXcode IQ Blocks software for future versions.

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“My Blocks” as Scratch 3.0 uses them will be a future update beyond the 1.0 release.

“Saving Data” is a bit more difficult due to the memory limitations of the VEX IQ, however we planning on adding datalogging and sensor viewing capabilities in a future update.

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The core of the block-based engine is based from Scratch 3.0 (licensed under a BSD license). There is not a public repository for the VEXcode IQ Blocks.

We are continuing to evaluate the potential for both LINUX and Raspberry Pi flavors of VEXcode IQ Blocks, but do not have anything for a planned release at this time.

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Thanks. Consider then an online browser version.

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An install-free online version is something we plan on developing once we have the first 1.0 versions of Blocks and Text released! :smile:

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I’m hoping that this will eventually be built into Scratch like the Lego modules. I know you would still need a browser plugin but to have this actually part of Scratch would be killer.

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OK, I played with this for a bit. No bot here.

But this is amazing.

I won’t have to teach this anymore. I’m done. I will never again have to explain what “setmotortarget” means. Everything is in plain English and makes sense. The contextual help is through and awesome.

This is awesome. Thank you thank you thank you…

I would only like to see it auto configure the motors and sensors like Robot Mesh Studio, but this is such a move in the right direction that I am beyond good with it. I never even thought about naming directions. That’s awesome.

This move alone is going to double the number of Elementary teams doing programming given how popular SCRATCH is. The kids will be teaching their coaches.

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When I installed on Windows 10, everything went normally. When I did the WIndows 7 install, Windows had a moan that the publisher of the driver was not recognized. You can just push past and install anyway but some schools might find that tricky.