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Scratch 2.0 and Snap! improvements

We just rolled out several improvements to the BirdBrain Robot Server, the application that connects Finch and Hummingbird to Scratch 2.0 and Snap!. Improvements include:

  • Snap! opens in Chrome browser even if it is not the default browser on the computer (Snap! works best in Chrome)
  • Open Scratch button opens offline Scratch 2.0 if it is installed
  • Signed windows application and installer to make installation smoother, especially in IT controlled situations
  • Offline version of Snap! updated to the most recent online version

Bug fixes include:

  • Fixed a bug that would cause programs in Snap! and Scratch to run very slowly on Mac OS 10.8 and 10.9
  • Improved installation process on Linux, and better support for 64-bit Ubuntu in particular

Enjoy the improvements!

Duo Kickstarter funded!

Thanks to 255 backers, the Hummingbird Duo Kickstarter campaign has exceeded its funding goal. We have begun the manufacturing process and are on track for having the Duo in stock in January. Kickstarter backers and pre-orders should ship in November or December. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, sign up to be notified when we start taking pre-orders. We are very excited about getting the next version of Hummingbird into your hands, and can't wait to see what you build with it!

Hummingbird receives Parents' Choice Gold award!

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit received the Highest-level "Gold" award from Parents' Choice in the Toy category. Fewer than 25% of entrants get an award at any level, so we are extremely honored to have been chosen. 

An excerpt from their review:

"Though not as trivial to use as other conceptually similar robotics systems, the cost is dramatically less, particularly for additional components; the creative development possibility is greater; and the flexibility and power are unmatched."

Virtual Training Workshop

Thanks to Carnegie Mellon's CREATE Lab, we now have a virtual training workshop for educators. The virtual workshop is composed of footage from a four hour CREATE Lab training. It contains explanations of the Hummingbird hardware and software, instructions for what to build, a montage of the hands-on building/programming process, and videos of educators showing off their robots. Take a look at it now!

Hummingbird motor wheel and Lego adapter

We've created a couple of 3D printable models that you can use to make a wheel and a Lego adapter for the Hummingbird's gear motor. Both the wheel and the Lego adapter can be downloaded or ordered from Shapeways. Find the wheel here, and the Lego adapter here.