EV3 is the current generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, released in 2013.

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What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets?

The newly announced LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets for home and education have some differences, but it isn't clear to me what they are, specifically. It seems that have different sensors, perhaps ...
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Will Mindstorms EV3 be backwards compatible?

LEGO Group announced the next Mindstorms version, the EV3 which will be available in the Fall, 2013. Does anyone know if the new version, specifically the controller, will be backwards compatible ...
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What does EV3 stand for?

I was wondering what the official reason behind the name of LEGO's latest MINDSTORMS robotics platform. What does "EV3" stand for?
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What is known of the capacities of the MINDSTORMS EV3 when it comes to interconnection with a network (WiFi, bluetooth)

What is known of the new MINDSTORMS EV3 capabilities when it comes to netwoked functions. What type of interface can be plugged to interact with a PC or portable device (smartphone/tablet)? In term ...
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No software with the EV3 robot?

We bought EV3 robot but it looks like there is no software and we have to pay an additional $99 for the EV3 software. Is this true?
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What are the known software tools for the EV3?

The EV3 is coming in Fall/Summer of 2013 and we tons of unknowns that will come in EV3. I am curious what software EV3 will run and will older generation software run on EV3 (NXT 1.0). And my final ...
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How to remember initial position of a robot and return to it

I have an EV3 robot with motors, like a car, that can move forward/backward and left/right and have some sensors attached. I want it to remember its initial position by remembering all the movements ...
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EV3 as master and NXT2 as slave?

Will it be possible to daisy chain a NXT brick as a slave of a new EV3 brick ?
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Pass sensor or motor port number as a parameter

I want to create a block for one light sensor or one motor separately. Is it possible to give the number of the port as a parameter to a sensor or motor block via data wire? In NXT-G it was possible.
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Can I change the firmware on a Retail EV3 Intelligent brick to the Educational version?

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 comes in both educational and retail versions. The educational version differs in bricks, sensors, a rechargable battery and datalogging capability. I would like to know can I ...
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Is it safe to try different firmwares on EV3?

I have prepared a SD card to run Lejos on EV3, as said on Lejos Sourceforge page and I'm about to test it. What worries me - will I still be able to go back to original Firmware if something goes ...
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Compatibility EV3 software with NXT brick - known limits?

Lego says I can I use the new software to program old NXT bricks: Q: Is EV3 backwards compatible with NXT hardware? A: Yes. You can program your NXT intelligent brick using the new EV3 ...
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Communication between two Ev-3 bricks

How the communication between two Ev-3 bricks is done over Bluetooth? What is the nature of data that can be communicated?
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In lego mindstorm EV3, can you make the individual programs in a project into functions which can be used in the other programs?

The bit where you program what the robot does using your computer. I'm making a project and I can't fit it all onto the screen, so if you can't do functions, is there any way to zoom out of the screen ...
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Are there any components compatible with EV3 that are more powerful and durable?

Are there components compatible with EV3 like motors, sensors, brackets, other details that I can easily connect to an existing EV3 main block and build something to do real-life tasks? Like ...
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How do I update my NXT firmware using EV3 software

The new EV3 software tells me to update my firmware on the NXT. When I go to the tools menu and select update firmware it tells me the NXT brick can not support this function.
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How can i use my iPhone to scan a barcode and send it to my EV3 brick?

I'm trying to build a sorter that scans the barcode on the brick using an iPhone and sorts it accordingly to the barcode. I cannot use colours due to amount of things to sort.
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Is there a way to program the EV3 brick with NXC?

I tried to program the EV3 brick with NXC so i used BricxCC. The download of the program to the EV3 was successful but when i tried to start the program (which actually didn't show up on the program ...
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How can I order an Ev3 gyro in Europe

I just bought the Ev3 kit, knowing that the gyro sensor is not included. I obviously want a gyro sensor, perhaps also the ultrasonic sensor. Is there any official channel to order them in Europe? All ...
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Can I buy an add on educational kit for my retail EV3?

We ordered the retail version of Lego EV3, and my son loves it and wants to do more. Are there any add on kits we can buy to expand upon what we have, ie add on motors or special tech pieces, or an ...
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How can I find the analog output of a color sensor?

Could anyone provide me with an image of the voltage output of an NXT or EV3 colorsensor. I would like to have the analog output if it's possible, and not the digital output.
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Can I change the Bluetooth identifier for an EV3 brick?

I'm coaching a number of FIRST Lego League teams and wish to set up our lab so that each computer could potentially be paired with each brick, but I want to uniquely identify the bricks (EV3-Team1, ...
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Is it possible to change the OS in the EV3 Mindstorm Brick

I'd like to know how to change the OS embedded into the EV3 mindstorm Brick ( list of it ). For example, would it be possible to replace the existing one by a linux release without losing any ...
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Invert motor block in EV3

New to EV3 so this should be simple. I would like my simple wheeled robot to go backwards. So I put two invert motor blocks, one for port B the other for port C followed by a move steering block. The ...
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Mindstorms, black orphaned data wires

I've just copied a loop element, which had a data wire going into it. The internal wires (from the old external data wire) are now black, and I cannot delete them, or re-link them to a new external ...
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EV3 Education Edition software license

I got a new EV3 education kit. Can I install it on a several computers or does the license work on one computer only?
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Is it possible to edit a my block input parameter value?

I have created my blocks but want to change the input parameter to a negative. Is this possible or must all the myblocks be re-written?
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Is the LEGO Midstorms EV3 software compatible with OS X yosemite?

OS X Yosemite (10.10) was just released yesterday. I want to upgrade, but I am worried that the EV3 software will be incompatible. What should I do? A. Upgrade B. Stay on OS X Mavericks (10.9)
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IDE recommendations for EV3 programming

Does anybody have any recommendations for non-GUI programming of the EV3 unit? I'm impressed by the LabVIEW software, but as a professional C# and VB.Net programmer (with C, C++ experience), I find ...
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On Lego Mindstorms EV3, is there a way to change the input parameters of a My Block?

I am writing a program for which I did a My Block. I later realize that I need to add a new input parameter and I can't find a way of doing this without creating a new My Block. This seems it should ...
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Can I open my old NXT program files in the new EV3 software so I don't have to rewrite the entire program?

I would like to use or convert NXT-G 2.0 programs for use with the new EV3 software. Is there an easy way to convert them besides just building them from scratch in the EV3 environment?
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Naming a program in EV3 software?

I have figured out how name a project but cannot figure out how to rename a program.
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EV3 digital interface with sensors?

The EV3 Brick is noted as having both analog and a higher speed digital I/O with auto ID up to 460.8 Kbit/s (UART), and 4 motor port with encoders. The NXT Brick has 4 sensor ports both Analog and ...
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Is there a microphone that works with Mindstorms EV3?

I'm planning to program my EV3 robot to do voice chat over VOIP using ev3dev and a Debian program. Is this possible? Are there microphones known to work with EV3, and has anyone had experience using ...
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Turn a tank a specific number of degrees

I don't have a gyro sensor so that's not a possible solution (until I purchase one). I figured I'd just do the math on this one. What I'd really like to know are: The circumference of the ...
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Is there a fix for an NXT reporting “File error!” when running an EV3 program?

I downloaded the new EV3 software from Lego and installed it on Windows 7. The EV3 software runs. I plugged in an NXT using a USB cable. EV3 can edit the memory on the NXT and remove ...
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Direct control of EV3

I need to control a car with an EV3 brick. I want to control it remotely. The trouble is, I'm using an education set so I don't have the remote. What means of controlling it remotely could I use? I ...
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How can I use the EV3 educational firmware instead of the retail version?

I have an EV3 brick from the retail kit, which is currently running the retail firmware. I would like to replace the EV3's firmware with the educational version. How can I do this?
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Export Lego Mindstorms Code

I was wondering if it was possible in any way to see the actual code that is generated by the Lego Mindstorms IDE. I know there isn't a direct 'export to code' option within the tool but I wondered ...
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NXT or EV3 gyro sensor

Do NXTs or EV3s have gyro sensors or built-in gyro sensors? How can I know the direction of the robot?
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What is a normal range of reading of the Light Sensor using EV3 Raw Sensor block?

EV3 software does not support the Light Sensor. It does support the Color Sensor. The solution is to use the Raw Sensor Block. What is "normal" for raw sensor block readings? I'm getting readings ...
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Is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 brick waterproof?

I am trying to build a ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) with Lego Mindstorms Ev3. Is it waterproof?
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Can't get EV3 to work with touch sensors

My FLL team just got a couple of EV3 sets and the kids were trying to program a simple switch that has the robot drive into a wall, back up, and turn right once the touch sensor in the front is ...
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can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> ...
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Can EV3-G MyBlocks be recursive?

Imagine I create a MyBlock called "function1" from a line of blocks. Can I call that block from within itself? This is the program for the block "recursiveTest." Will this block function properly? ...
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EV3 additional build instructions - PDF download or print possible?

The EV3 retail edition comes with printed instructions to build only one of the possible robots and it appears you have to use the software to view the build instructions of the other models. My ...
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Trying to get a modified traffic signal challenge worked out

The challenge is for a robot to go around the perimeter of a rectangular field and execute 90 degree turns when it gets within 4.5 inches of a wall. Simultaneously, if the bot encounters a red flag, ...
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Lego EV3 doesn't respond to direct command

I tried to execute command (via bt) play tone: play_tone = '\x0F\x00\x00\x00\x80\x00\x00\x94\x01\x81\x02\x82\xE8\x03\x82\xE8\x03' # send commands to EV3 via bluetooth with ...
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EV3 Block problems?

I don't see what is wrong with the way i made my program. It looks like this. The idea is that in the while loop [01] shall the robot move forward until it see something brown. If it see ...
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Use iPhone camera as an input sensor for EV3

As EV3 has Bluetooth builtin as well as iPhone too, is there a way to connect them somehow so that iPhone could send data from the camera via Bluetooth to an EV3 brick? As a more general question, ...