NXTCam5

mindsensors.com Has released a new camera sensor, the NXTCam5. So, we’ve added support for it to ev3dev. The sensor API is basically the same as its predecessors’, but this camera is much more advanced. For example, it can track faces and lines, and take pictures and record videos. You can also easily modify the software on the camera itself using python. It’s pretty cool.



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This is a stable maintenance release. We’ve pulled in the updates and security fixes from Debian 8.8 and the most recent ev3dev kernel.

We’ve added the usb-modeswitch package needed by some Wi-Fi dongles and the gir1.2-ev3devkit-0.4 package in case you want to try out using Ev3devKit with python.

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You can find SD card images on our download page.



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BrickPi3

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.



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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.



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BrickPi3

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 running flag 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.



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