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What's Next With VEX

You’re probably already familiar with the new competition games that come out annually, or major product launches like the V5 control system. However, VEX development teams are hard at work every day to continuously improve our products and ensure that you are getting the best experience possible!

Keep an eye on this page, updated monthly, for a peek behind the curtain to see what’s coming next!

Last Updated: July 2021.

Simplifies pin removal, insertion and part separation.

Available now here >

Half the width of the existing High Strength Shaft Collars, and a smaller effective diameter

Available now here >

VEX IQ 6' x 8' Field Upgrade

Available as a 6'x8' field, or an “upgrade kit” for users who already have a 4'x8' field.

Available now here >

These give teams more flexibility when building, and come in two different thicknesses (1/8" and 5/16").

Note that a 7/16" hole must be drilled in the structural piece before these bushings can be installed.

Available now here >

Long Capped Shaft Add-On Pack

Long Metal Capped Shafts, now available in their own Add-On Pack. Comes in 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x, 11x & 12x pitch lengths.

Available now here >

The Potentiometer can determine both position and direction of rotation. This measurement can help to understand the position of robot arms or other mechanisms using programming software.

Available now here >

Use the V5 GPS sensor in conjunction with the GPS Field Code to know your robot's location at all times, or program advanced autonomous routines that can move to exact coordinates on the field!

Available now here >

VEXcode VR

Free to Use - Available at >

New Playgrounds Recently Added - Coral Reef Cleanup, Line Detector, Shape Tracer

Learn To Code - Computer Science Level 1 Curriculum now available here >

100% Web-based, no install or user accounts required

Available for Windows, macOS, ChromeOS (Chromebooks), iPads, Android Tablets & Kindle Fire Tablets

VEX AI Competition

VEX has spent the past two years developing the advancement that led to the new VEX AI Competition. The most critical was VEX GPS (Game Positioning System), followed by VEX AI game and field object detection, then finally VEX LINK robot-to-robot communications over VEXnet radios. Once we had all this software working on off-the-shelf processors and cameras, we realized that it would take another year to build custom VEX hardware. We did not want to wait a year for teams to start using this amazing technology, so we decided to release the software to teams, running on the same off-the-shelf hardware we were using. We are currently developing the formal VEX hardware for the 2021-2022 season.

Using off-the-shelf hardware for 2020-21. Nvidia Nano processor with Wi-FI, Intel RealSense Depth Camera, FLIR monochrome USB Camera, and VEX Software.

Availability: This hardware and software is provided with VAIC registration. It is not available to purchase separately.

(Previously VEXcode IQ / V5 Blocks)

Available for free download here >

Available for VEX 123, VEX GO, VEX IQ, and VEX V5

Block-Based, C++ (V5, IQ), and Python (V5) Languages Supported

Available for Windows, macOS, ChromeOS (Chromebooks), iPads, Android Tablets & Kindle Fire Tablets

The Game Positioning System is made up of a VEX Code Strip attached to the inside field perimeter and a V5 GPS Sensor attached to the robot.

Available now here >

VEXcode Pro
(Previously VEXcode V5 Text)

V5 AI 3D WiFi Camera

Available for free download here >

Industry-based C++ Coding IDE

Available for VEX V5

Windows & macOS Compatible

The V5 AI 3D WiFi Camera combines a stereo color depth camera system, a microprocessor with a neural accelerator, and Wi-Fi into one small unit. It is powered by a V5 port, which allows programming on the V5 Brain or an optional Raspberry Pi.

Availability: No sooner than Q4 2021. Legal for use in VAIC. Legality for use in VRC and VEX U not yet determined.


VEX LINK is new robot-to-robot communication protocol that uses the existing VEXnet radios. The capability is already built in to the current V5 Brain and VEXnet Radio firmware. Documentation will be released in Q2 2020.