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Creating barcodes
July 11, 2016
12:12 pm
isaob
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Hello Edison users! I love using barcodes with my younger students it gives them an opportunity to get excited about Edison before we get to programming.

I find the number of barcodes included in the mat limiting, can I create my own barcodes? Has anyone tried?

Thank you! 

July 12, 2016
11:34 am
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Hi!

At the moment Edison’s barcode programs are stored in a section of memory that does not get changed (even when the firmware is updated). The barcodes simply tell Edison to run the correct program when the triangle button is pressed.

We understand EdWare may be a little challenging for younger users, so we are currently looking into developing a new easier programming language. We expect to release it later this year.

September 13, 2016
11:29 am
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Ben said
Hi!

At the moment Edison’s barcode programs are stored in a section of memory that does not get changed (even when the firmware is updated). The barcodes simply tell Edison to run the correct program when the triangle button is pressed.

We understand EdWare may be a little challenging for younger users, so we are currently looking into developing a new easier programming language. We expect to release it later this year.  

Hi,

I'd like to add to this discussion.

We are about to purchase a class set of thirty Edison robots after evaluating three that I borrowed from a friend.

My issue is that the K-2 teachers are a little disappointed as the current Edware will be too complex for the younger children.  Plus it involves iPads/computers and cables to program, all a little fiddly and confusing for 5 year olds.

What I was wondering was if perhaps the Edison could emulate a Bee Bot and have a programming mode (using barcodes in this case instead of buttons) that doesn't even need an iPad/computer to program.

For example, a double press of the record button puts the Edison into "sequence record mode" and then the kids can do a single press of the record button to record each instruction barcode for a sequence of commands with a Stop button indicating the end of programming. Play then plays back that sequence.

Then we just need a set of barcodes for Forward, Back, Turn Left, Turn Right and Reset (clear all codes)

It's just a thought from my initial experimentation with the Edison, but this way young children can code an Edison almost like a Bee Bot and our school could buy another set of Edison Robots instead of a set of Bee Bots!

Thanks
Richard 

December 6, 2016
1:08 pm
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I would endorse Richards thoughts. I work with numerous schools and at present the BeeBot has great introductory appeal. However they also are very limiting in their use. Richard's idea if feasible would certainly see more sets of Edisons in schools.

Geoff

February 8, 2017
7:33 pm
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I was thinking something similar to Richard's idea, but with the remote instead of barcodes.
The idea is that the program will record button presses from the remote and execute them all when a specific button is pressed. There wiil be 4 buttons, i.e. 2(forward) 8(backward) 4(spin left) 6(spin right).The button presses will be recorded in (i think two) variables as powers of 4 (the first order as is, the second multiplied by 4, the third by 16 etc). When 5 is pressed, the program will stard dividing the variables mod 4 and executing the correct movement. Each variable can hold 16 orders, so i think 2 variables for 32 orders in total is enough for kindergarden

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