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Is it possible to build simple logic gates with LEGO mechanics?

I built a simple bitshifter in Minecraft yesterday. I wondered if something like this could be built with LEGO? Maybe there is a possibility to build gates with rubber bands and those movable ...
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Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick?

I got 4 of these in in a bulk lot of Lego, but the lamp is getting quite dim in a couple of them. Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick? It looks like the brick should open, ...
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Can I use a generic (non-Lego) transformer with a rechargable Power Functions battery?

I've recently ordered a LEGO® 8878 Rechargeable Battery Box: I was wondering if I really need to get the (rather expensive) LEGO® Power Functions Transformer or if I can substitute a (cheaper) ...
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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Homemade methods for interfacing a Servo with LEGO bricks

I'm looking for non-destructive way to structurally attach a standard servo with LEGO bricks. I'm interested in answers for either Large, Medium or Small size servos. I'm using LEGO ...
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LEGO Scalextric?

I have a couple of these car parts in my collection but cannot find anything about them. They are copyright 2003 and show a number 3213 on the back axel. Interesting is that they have 3 electrical ...
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How much current do the LEGO motors draw?

I'm building a project with Raspberry Pi and some other electronics driving the LEGO Power Functions M-Motor (8883) and I need to know how much current those motors draw under load. Has anyone done ...
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What are the differences between NiMH and Alkaline batteries for the EV3?

Currently I am using six rechargeable batteries for my Lego Mindstorms EV3. A few seconds after I start a motor the EV3 gives a notification that that the battery is low. I know that good batteries ...
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Custom Power Functions plug design

I'm considering the possibility of making my own Power Functions-compatible sockets for a project. I'm designing a module board for a single-board-computer with motor drivers and would like to encase ...
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Identify brick with internal battery, light and sound

I just bought a bulk lot of second-hand bricks and found this odd one inside. It has a black panel on one side and when pressed it plays a screeching sound. Through the transparent purple top I can ...
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What is the input to the Speed Regulator?

I wanted to buy a transformer for the speed regulator, so based on this image, I bought a transformer with 12V DC output. It works. However, discussing this with a fellow AFOL, he pointed out that ...
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Conductive “App Brick” without human contact

This may not be entirely LEGO-related, but more related to touch screen technology. I'd like the LEGO app brick (http://brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6103777) to register a touch on a touch ...
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Creating electronic product which is compatible with Lego brick [closed]

Currently, my company has an idea to create the product to integrate with your Lego brick. So far, we found that there is a product at kickstarter, mcookie (Link: ...
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Mindstorms brick has a dim display

The LCD display on my Mindstorms brick (microprocessor) is very dim. It is not just a low battery; I've plugged it into an AC adapter. Anybody encounter this problem? I will post a picture of the ...