[ANN] Squeak Port of Bot-Kit for Lego Mindstorms

Rick Zaccone zaccone at bucknell.edu
Fri Jun 20 10:33:42 UTC 2003

John Purcell <jpurcell at alum.bucknell.edu> has ported Andy Bower's
Bot-Kit to Squeak <http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~lego>.  It allows you
to control the Lego Mindstorms robots in Squeak.  You don't need the
Spirit Active-X control to run it.  He has implemented everything in
Squeak as part of his honor's thesis at Bucknell.

You will need a machine with a serial port to run this code.  So far
he has tested it using Linux and Windows 98.

A couple of issues need to be addressed.

- There is a bug in the handling of "if" statements.  John is working
  on the fix.

- John would like to make this code even more robust and have it run
  using a USB port.  This would enable the code to work on a Mac.  It
  would also make it compatible with more recent versions of the
  Mindstorms which come with a USB IR tower.

John is very interested in continuing work on this.  He will welcome
any input he receives on improving his code.  I don't think John
subscribes to this list, so you will need to communicate with him

Rick Zaccone

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