Dexter Industries made some major breaking changes to their BrickPi3 firmware, so this release is all about the BrickPi3 (again). Major shout-out to @sanjayseshan for spending a significant portion of his spring break helping to get the drivers updated for the BrickPi3 firmware v1.4.x. We also now support stacking up to 4 BrickPi3s on a single Raspberry Pi.
This is a stable maintenance release. But, we did manage to sneak a few new features in because they were too good to pass up.
This release is all about the BrickPi. Dexter Industries has recently released a new version of their MINDSTORMS compatible kit for Raspberry Pi called the BrickPi3. This kernel release adds support for this new board.
The BrickPi3 has better motor control and improved EV3 sensor support. There
are a few missing features for complete ev3dev compatibility, like no speed
control when using the
run-to-*-pos commands and only the
is working on the motor
state attribute. But, the firmware is easy to update
on the Brickpi3 (unlike the older BrickPi’s), so these issues could be fixed
in future firmware updates.
This is another bug fix release. We found a really old bug! Apparently, no one has ever noticed that button press events on the EV3 were backwards. It’s been this way for at least two years. It is fixed now, but it might cause you problems if you have been depending on this broken behavior.
Just in time for those of you that might be getting an EV3 for Christmas…