S3 Update from Ken!

WhitWhit Posts: 3,675
edited May 2016 in Robotics Vote Up0Vote Down
I am in! Ken and team Parallax - sign me up for the first one off the assembly line!

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Take a look! -

https://www.parallax.com/news/2016-05-13/scribbler-3-robot-update-what’s-status-new-s3-robot-parallax
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  • ercoerco Posts: 18,184
    Pure awesomesauce!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Looks good!
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  • Hey Ken and Parallax Crew,

    Any chance of seeing a clearer version of this Hacker Port Info?
    Just curious...
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    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Hi Whit,

    Unfortunately our prototypes arrived at Parallax with incorrect labeling for the hacker port. This has been fixed for production but we have no "correct" robots to show a close-up of at the moment.
  • Thanks Courtney!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • I am having trouble connecting with the beta S3 I have. I am pretty sure it is a driver problem. I have the latest Parallax drivers but do not know which one to use with the S3. Currently the device manager just shows "USB Serial Port (com10)". I know how to change the driver but do not know which one to pick.
    Carol Lynn Hazlett
    carolhaz391@gmail.com

    In the birthing of any machine there is that moment when it actually works. It is always fresh and astounding for me...............Red Whittaker

  • And the S3 robots passed all FCC, CE, Prop 65, etc. testing and are moving into production.

    We posted some pictures in this link: simplytronics.com/?p=944
  • Excellent news. Thanks for the update and all of your most excellent work, Ari.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • And the S3 robots passed all FCC, CE, Prop 65, etc. testing and are moving into production.

    We posted some pictures in this link: simplytronics.com/?p=944

    Great news!

    Was going to say something about Ghostbusters and ectoplasm, but the opening date was missed. :)

    Infernal Machine
  • Makes my day, week, and month!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Soon, right? Take my money already, Ken!

    Go Big Green!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Very soon, erco.

    Many Parallaxians are busy working on some S3 pre-release task. Even some non-Parallax employees too... (thanks, Whit!)
  • Whit and Carol, right? Busy bees. Wish I had time to offer to help!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Carol has been extremely helpful in testing and working with Blockly as it develops.

    Whit has also been collaborating with Ken to write, edit, and test our tutorial materials before they are published.
  • Carol has been extremely helpful in testing and working with Blockly as it develops.

    Whit has also been collaborating with Ken to write, edit, and test our tutorial materials before they are published.
    Will Blockly be usable with the ActivityBot as well as the S3?

  • Initial support will be for the Activity Board WX itself, but further development of Blockly could include ActivityBot robot support.

    I have no details on future development at this time, as we're focusing in on providing a solid experience for the ABWX and S3 first. When we're happy with the progress of Blockly for these two devices, more features will be added.
  • Initial support will be for the Activity Board WX itself, but further development of Blockly could include ActivityBot robot support.

    I have no details on future development at this time, as we're focusing in on providing a solid experience for the ABWX and S3 first. When we're happy with the progress of Blockly for these two devices, more features will be added.
    I'm sure once BlocklyProp is released there will be many people to help bring support for additional platforms like the ActivityBot!

  • Courtney JacobsCourtney Jacobs Posts: 823
    edited August 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    For those interested in following our development on Learn, the site got a makeover today in advance of the S3:

    http://learn.parallax.com/

    Follow the green robot to watch for our tutorials as they're released.

    Please note that everything is still in motion; we won't necessarily be releasing tutorials in the order they are meant to be followed, or in their final form. Submitting official feedback or suggestions is not necessary until the S3 robot and BlocklyProp are officially released. Submitting error reports and edits to text and/or images is always welcome: learn@parallax.com or to me directly via forum PM.

    Our Blockly Demo is available at: http://demo.blockly.parallax.com/
  • Follow the green robot to watch for our tutorials as they're released.

    From white rabbit to green robot in just 17 years, Neo!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • BlocklyProp is way more fun than the Matrix, Mr. Ostendorff. Learn to program the S3 without bending over backwards!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Whit wrote: »
    BlocklyProp is way more fun than the Matrix, Mr. Ostendorff. Learn to program the S3 without bending over backwards!
    Do you know if there is any plan to make BlocklyProp work with the S2 as well as the S3?

  • I don't know where this stands, but when I first began playing with BlocklyProp - I was using it with the S2!

    You can log into the BlocklyProp Beta Demo site and give it a try! There is a new Scribbler Object (an update of the S2 Spin Object) determine which robot is being programmed and works on both.

    Just go to the Demo site and give it a try. http://demo.blockly.parallax.com/blockly/
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Looks like the S3 is finally here! Check the Parallax web site. It starts shipping today. Looks great! Congratulations, Parallax!
  • Yahoo!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Got it out before Labor Day!

    Looks like the web site has all of the info including documentation - https://www.parallax.com/product/28333
  • KeithE wrote: »
    Got it out before Labor Day!

    Looks like the web site has all of the info including documentation - https://www.parallax.com/product/28333

    Yeah, they did a lot of work to get this release ready!

  • Nice job, Ken & Team Parallax! Maybe early adopters should get a free green Parallax hat...
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Perfect color match on this $1 breadboard. Can't be coincidence.
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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    Perfect color match on this $1 breadboard. Can't be coincidence.

    Source? I hope you bought a 100 to share with your friends... The least you could do is lure us with a link...
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • I got this in a random assortment years ago so sorry, I can't quote a seller. But I bet any green unit will be close: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5pcs-SYB-170-Breadboard-Colorful-Breadboard-Prototype-Board-Small-Plates-/172233521755

    BTW, I've used various colors of breadboards but white is still best for clearly seeing where the wires go. My aging eyes think black breadboards are stylish but useless.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
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