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Building Robots Just Got a Lot Cooler: The VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk 123D

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Autodesk’s  In the Fold blog discusses VEX IQ this week. Read on to learn more.

“What do you get when you combine robots with advanced 3D modeling and some really creative students? The VEX Robotics Competition! This year, Autodesk is teaming up with VEX Robotics to make the competition even better by giving students a cool new way to design, imagine and create their robots: The  VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk® 123D®.

The VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk® 123D® is a brand new, free 3D desktop design app made specifically for the VEX IQ robotics platform.  The desktop tool allows students to digitally access, assemble, share and test a library of VEX IQ mechanisms, gadgets and even entire robots!  Even better, there’s no CAD experience necessary to power up and use this app.  It is designed to introduce students to the modern principles of CAD while offering them a drag and drop environment where their creativity can go wild and hopefully inspire them to create some pretty great robots along the way.

Interested in learning more? Join us for the VEX Assembler Webcast on August 29th at 4:00 PM PT. A team from Autodesk and VEX Robotics will be walking through the features of the app and demonstrating the product in action. To register for the Webcast, click here. We hope to see you there!”

To read more about the VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk 123D, click here to be taken directly to the blog post.


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Technologically Advanced, Tool-less System will Transform STEM Education for Younger Ages

VEX Robotics, Inc., announced today the launch of VEX IQ, a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for young students and their teachers. Students as young as six can jump right in and snap robots together using this intuitive, tool-less platform while educators can utilize the free VEX IQ Curriculum to help teach them valuable lessons and skills that are needed in today’s changing world.

“The VEX IQ platform is truly a revolution for STEM education at younger ages,” said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. “We’ve taken our years of experience in educational robotics and created a simple, powerful and flexible platform for students and teachers alike.”

The VEX IQ system was designed to be simple and easy for students to use. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools, allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other accessories allows for complete customization of VEX IQ projects and mobile robots.

The Robot Brain takes high-end, powerful technology and simplifies it for educational use while keeping a high ceiling. Up to 12 Smart Port devices can be connected to the Robot Brain, which can then be controlled by built-in programs or programmed via a computer and compatible software program. In addition to using pre-programmed instructions, VEX IQ robots can be controlled by drivers using the Controller.

Free graphical programming software, powered by Modkit, allows for custom robot commands, sensor interaction and more and is included in every VEX IQ Kit. ROBOTC for VEX IQ, created by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, allows robot programming in C. The VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk 123D adapts the power of Autodesk’s advanced 3D modeling tools, giving students the ability to assemble and test VEX IQ mechanisms and robots virtually.

VEX IQ Starter Kits are priced at $249.99 The VEX IQ Super Kit is $299.99. Kits are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in June.

In addition to transforming STEM education in the classroom, VEX IQ will be used in the VEX IQ Challenge presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, an extracurricular STEM program for elementary and middle school students (ages eight to14). The power of the VEX IQ system combined with the REC Foundation’s years of experience inspiring students through robotics competitions is giving younger students more affordable access to the inspiration, excitement and learning that comes from participating in a STEM challenge.

For more information on VEX IQ, visit

For more information on the VEX IQ Challenge, visit



VEX Robotics Relaunches VEXpro Product Line with over 120 New & Improved Products

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Competitive robotics teams to benefit from more options at a lower price

GREENVILLE, TEXAS (December 5, 2012) — VEX Robotics, Inc., announced today a full restructuring of its VEXpro product line with product updates and new releases, giving high-end competitive roboticists superior performance at a lower price. The release includes over 120 new products, including DC motors, gearboxes and wheels.

“We are extremely excited about the re-launch of our VEXpro product line,” said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. “Competitive robotics teams that build large-scale robots can now do more for significantly less cost.”

Highlights of the VEXpro line include – VEXpro Ball Shifters that utilize a ball lock shifting method accomplished with a lightweight and compact pancake pneumatic cylinder that is included, VersaPlanetary gearboxes that allow for multitudes of gear ratio options and motor choices without requiring a custom pinion gear, and the VersaHub system that ensures precise alignment of wheels and sprockets with the high quality nature of all VEXpro gears and sprockets.

“Competitive robotics enthusiasts will be highly impressed by all of the subtle details in these new products,” said John V-Neun, director of product development for VEX Robotics. “We designed the new VEXpro products to be easily integrated into almost any application, with no frustration or workarounds required.”

The updates to the VEXpro product line launch just in time for the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition season, of which VEX Robotics and parent company Innovation First International are proud supporters. The companies donate products to the competition’s kit of parts and provide support and mentors to competition teams.

For information about VEXpro, visit

About VEX Robotics, Inc.
VEX Robotics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Innovation First International, is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to middle schools, high schools, colleges and robotics teams around the world. The VEX Robotics Design System, winner of the 2006 Best of Innovations Award at CES, was built from the ground up and designed to be an affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science, technology, engineering and math education worldwide. The VEXpro product line, designed for large scale competitive robots, gives robotics enthusiasts superior performance for less cost. The company has over 250 man years of experience supporting educational robotics programs and extensive engineering resources on two continents dedicated to the VEX Robotics platform. For more information on VEX Robotics, visit


VEX Power Accessories to Transition to Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) based Batteries

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The VEX Robotics Design System is beginning a transition to Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) based batteries for its Power subsytem. With this transition comes the addition of (3) new products: the smaller 2000 mAh 7.2V NiMH battery, the standard size 3000 mAh 7.2V NiMH battery and the VEX Smart Charger.

2000 mAh 7.2V NiMH Battery3000 mAh 7.2V NiMH Battery

VEX Smart Charger

The new 2000 mAh 7.2V NiMH battery (above top left) has the same capacity as the 7.2V NiCad battery in a much smaller form factor. The new 3000 mAh 7.2V NiMH battery (above top right) offers 50% more capacity in the same form factor as the previous model 7.2V NiCad battery.

The transition to NiMH based products from the current Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) ones is necessary for several reasons. NiMH batteries consistently outperform NiCad batteries, as they deliver more power, last longer and can be put through more charge cycles.

In addition to the performance enhancements offered by the NiMH batteries, the fact that they have no Cadmium added is good news for the environment. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal and can cause substantial pollution when disposed of improperly.

The VEX Smart Charger (above bottom center), with (4) different regional power cord options, is capable of charging ALL VEX rechargeable power packs (7.2V and 9.6V, NiCad and NiMH). The charger features dual charge rates and an automatic shutoff.

The new NiMH batteries must be charged on the VEX Smart Charger. DO NOT use the VEX Fast Charger to charge NiMH batteries.

Follow these Smart Charger settings for each battery:

Fast or Safe Setting:
7.2V, 3000 MAh NiMH (standard)
7.2V, 2000 MAh NiCad (old model)

Safe Setting Only:
7.2V, 2000 MAh NiMH (small)
9.6V, 960 MAh NiCad (transmitter)

7.2V NiCad batteries will be discontinued as soon as our current stock is depleted. There are no plans to discontinue the 9.6V NiCad Transmitter battery in the near future.

The VEX Power Pack and Fast Battery Charger have both been discontinued.

Any VEX branded 7.2V battery (NiMH or NiCad) will be legal for use on robots in the VEX Robotics Competition.

The new batteries will be available on in the coming weeks.

The VEX Robotics Team

Getting the bugs out of personal robots

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Innovation First’s toy bugs pack a mighty computing wallop of light sensors and infrared motion-control equipment.

Read the full article here.

Innovation First, Inc. and Charmed Labs Collaborate to Create New VEX Microcontroller Based on Qwerk Technology

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

GREENVILLE, TX- April 17, 2008

In an ongoing effort to promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in schools across the globe, Innovation First, Inc. (IFI), a leader in educational and competition robotics products, will team with Charmed Labs to be the exclusive licensee and producer of the Qwerk Robot Controller. Further, Innovation First will enhance the Qwerk controller to be fully compatible with the company’s popular VEX Educational Robotics platform. The newly branded Qwerk-based VEX controller will complement the current VEX microcontroller and offer enhanced features desired by post-secondary schools and educators.