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EdCreate is here!
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
January 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

The EdCreate Edison robot creator’s kit is a construction system consisting of 115 interlocking building blocks, pegs, gears, and other parts. The individual EdCreate pieces are designed with studs and holes which are compatible with Edison robots. One EdCreate kit can be used to create five different EdBuilds and a range of other engineering and design challenges. The kit can also be expanded using compatible LEGO® bricks. The EdBuild projects require progressive levels of coding capabilities, making them a perfect addition to the Edison programming and robotics curriculum. The EdBuilds include: EdTank EdDigger EdRoboClaw EdCrane EdPrinter LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this website or the Edison Robot or accessories.

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New EdPy lesson plans & resources
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
November 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Microbric have released a new set of progressive lesson plans for EdPy, the Edison programming language using Python. The full set of teaching resources includes student worksheets, a teacher guide, app documentation and an Australian Curriculum linking guide for Years 7-10. You can download all of these resources here: EdPy Resources. EdPy requires a V2.0 Edison or a V1 Edison robot with the latest firmware update which can be found here: Edison V1 firmware update.   6 tricks to keep your Edison robot in top-notch shape 1. In terms of batteries, Edison always checks the ingredients Make sure you are using the correct batteries. For disposable batteries only use Alkaline batteries, or for rechargeable batteries only use nickel metal hydride (NiMH). 2. Edison, without you, is a bit of a dummy Edison will only do as much as you instruct it to, so make sure you give exact instructions or Edison could end up driving into a wall! 3. Edison rocks out with the volume all the way up Edison needs the volume on your programming device turned up all the way in order to ‘hear’ the program download. Often the audo will be lowered when an audio device is detected in the audio jack, so be sure to double check the volume is turned all the way up. 4. When it comes to sunlight, treat Edison like a vampire It's best to keep Edison out of direct sunlight as the light can bombard the robots sensors and it can fail to work properly. 5. Using line tracking? Edison plays chess rules Always start Edison off on a white surface. Edison takes a reading of the reflective light against the surface it starts on equating this as the brightest thing it will see. 6. Edison can see invisible light (so long as it’s bouncing back) Edison has an IR light detection system that it uses to detect obstacles, by checking if light is bounced back. Very dark objects (like those that are completely black) absorb most of the IR light, making it hard for Edison to detect them. Meanwhile transparent objects allow most of the light to pass though them, so no light is bounced back for Edison to detect. It is best to use opaque obstacles that are not too dark and at least as tall as Edison. You can check out the full article here: 6 tricks to keep your Edison robot in top-notch shape.  

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Firmware update for V1 Edison robots now available
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
June 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

Microbric have released the latest firmware for V1 Edison robots. This update provides V1 Edison robots compatibility with EdPy, the Python Programming app for advanced users. It will also give full compatibility with the upcoming EdBlocks, the programming platform for younger learners. If you have a V1 Edison robot, get the firmware update by visiting the Firmware Checker and following the step-by-step guide to update your Edison. If you have a V2.0 Edison it is already up to date. Unsure which version you have? Check the bottom right hand corner on the top of your Edison. V2.0 Edisons have a small V2.0 written in gold.

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ARD2-INNOV8 Shield: Coding Innov8ion!
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
May 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

The ARD2-INNOV8 story is a story of innovation and collaboration; it is a story of perseverance, life-long learning, and community. Seven Vinton and Mark Trezise are both technology enthusiasts. Their passion for learning inspired them to form a partnership to help make this learning available to others via online videos, learning resources, and learning seminars & expos. During one of these student seminars Seven and Mark started to discuss ways to make Arduino programming easier for students. They had used many devices which aimed to make Arduino programming easier, however, all of these devices fell short in one way or another. Seven and Mark met with the CEO of Wiltronics, Richard Wilson, in December of 2016 to discuss how they could work together to promote learning of technologies like the Arduino devices, and at this meeting they aired their frustrations about the failings of the available technologies. Richard’s answer was simple: “Let’s make our own!” From this meeting the prototype design for the ARD2-INNOV8 shield was developed by Seven and Mark along with its name, and upon receiving these designs Richard enlisted the help of his colleague Ben Sieira at CognetronicS to design the wiring layout and electronics engineering for the shield. As previously mentioned, this story is a story of collaboration, however, this story is a little different from other stories you may have heard, because Seven is a secondary school teacher, and Mark is a student (year 10 at the time). This collaboration between teacher, student, and industry experts is rare, but it is a form of collaboration which needs to happen more if our country is going to be competitive in the world’s technology market. This partnership is truly innovative, which is why the name ARD2-INNOV8 was chosen for the shield. The ARD2-INNOV8 shield is a piece of technology designed for students and teachers by a student and teacher in collaboration with two great Australian technology companies. This story should inspire you to realise that with effort, creativity, and thinking, you could become the creator of the next innovative piece of technology! The ARD2-INNOV8 shield is a piece of technology which has various outputs and inputs, and sits on top of an Arduino Uno compatible micro-controller board. The shield has been fitted with 7 LEDs (light emitting diodes), a piezo buzzer, a push button switch, a potentiometer, a light sensor, a temperature sensor, a 6 volt input, and convenient snap in connectors to use with a wide range of external modules such as servo motors, joystick module, and a real-time-clock module.

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STEM & Coding Solutions
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

STEM is rising in prominence thanks to a new focus on science and technology in schools. In particular, coding and programming are quickly being recognised as essential skills for the current generation of students, with the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency predicting that in 2025 there could be a lack of qualifications for key ICT occupations. Technologies like Raspberry Pi and Arduino are perfect for teaching students multi-disciplinary STEM using programming languages like Scratch, Python, Snap! and C. Below are a few key selections from our product range that are ideal for helping teachers fulfill the STEM and Coding outcomes required by the new National Curriculum.

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Raspberry Pi PIXEL
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
January 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

What is PIXEL? Raspbian with PIXEL (which stands for ‘Pi Improved Xwindow Environment, Lightweight’) is a huge software update to the desktop environment. It introduces a crisp new interface, and is brimming with new programs and features.

The biggest newcomer is Chromium Browser, which replaces Epiphany as the default web browser. Other new apps include RealVNC’s Viewer and Server, which allow you to control Raspberry Pi devices over a network, plus the recently released Sense HAT Emulator.

Why should I use PIXEL? New Chromium browser uses the Pi's hardware to accelerate video playback Chromium comes preinstalled with an adblocker Slick new design - updated icons and user interface Easily toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on/off to manage power Improvements made to Scratch and Node-RED Includes Sense HAT emulator Pre-installed with plenty of productivity programs, including Adobe Flash Player PC & Mac Support - breathe new life into an old system with this lightweight OS

Where can I get it? You can grab PIXEL by clicking the button below. Download Raspbian with PIXEL for Raspberry Pi   Want to try PIXEL but have no Pi to use it with? Scroll down for a few selections from our wide range of Raspberry Pi Bundles.

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