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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Swift Playgrounds 1.5 brings robotics support

I’ve only scratched the surface of Swift Playgrounds, the programming learning tool that was announced at last year’s WWDC, though I’ve enjoyed what I’ve tried. Today’s version 1.5 update goes outside the iPad to allow people to program robots, drones, and musical instruments with the software, including devices like Sphero’s SPRK+, Parrot’s Mambo MiniDrone, and LEGO Mindstorms. It’s a nice addition, because it offers results that are tangible and easy to show off. “Look, I made this drone fly around in a loop!”

Apple says the feature will be available next Monday, June 5. Not much else going on that day, huh? (It also hints at a pretty full keynote, if it’s announcing this in advance.)

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