RoboBlockly at www.roboblockly.com can be accessed by any modern web browser (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Raspberry Pi, iPad, tablet, smartphone) to experiment with virtual Linkbots. No account and downloads are necessary.
In order to control hardware Linkbots and Arduino, either in RoboBlockly, Ch, or Python, software must be downloaded, as described below.
Windows and MacOSX
For Windows and MacOSX there are two software options. To control Linkbots and Arduino boards using the block-based programming available in RoboBlockly, Option 1 is recommended. To add full C programming capabilities and comprehensive curriculum and documentation, Option 2 (C-STEM Studio) is recommended.
Option 1. To control hardware Linkbots and/or Arduino boards using RoboBlockly, download Linkbot Labs v2.2.3 (includes "ChDuino" application to control Arduino):
Option 2. To control hardware Linkbots and/or Arduino boards using RoboBlockly and Ch and access the full C-STEM curriculum, download the latest C-STEM Studio. C-STEM Studio v6.0 or higher includes Linkbot Labs, Ch Linkbot Controller, Ch IDE (for direct C programming), and Ch Arduino software:
To control hardware Linkbots using a Chromebook, download and install the latest version of the Linkbot IDE (Integrated Development Environment, version 1.5.0) extension:
To use Arduino boards with a Chromebook, download and install the latest version of the Arduino Controller (version 1.5.0) extension:
Download C-STEMbian, which is a superset of Raspbian. C-STEMbian includes C-STEM Studio, Linkbot Labs, and Ch (Ch is free in C-STEMbian). If you have Raspbian already installed in your Pi, you can just download C-STEM Studio:
Setup Instructions for Using Linkbots and Arduino