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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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How can I control nxt 2.0 robot with a Wiimote in labview?

I am building a robot with Labview for LEGO Mindstorms and I have wanted to hook up the robot to move based on a Wiimote or Wii remote. However, I have not found a file to download to enable me to do ...
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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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How can I get replacement Mindstorms NXT components?

I recently have been trying to work with robotics, via the Mindstorms NXT kits. But as of lately it seems the physical components in the kit went missing (everything except the brick, cables, servos, ...
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NXT Brick will not update firmware

I'm running 6 NXT robots in an introductory class. Occasionally we've had bricks that would not accept a program and I've reset the brick by pushing the reset button under the battery pack as well as ...
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LEGO turing machine using Rascal

I followed the instructions on LEGO Turing Machine and succeeded to build it. Next I've tried and failed to program it using NXT Mindstorm GUI. The site mentions a Rascal framework, but it doesn't ...
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Getting started with Mindstorms and/or Technic

I'm looking into getting started with LEGO. Can you briefly describe the difference between Technic and Mindstorms? I've read that the parts and compatible, so I suppose it's the functions that ...
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How to program two NXT motors to run at the same time?

I'm working on a project with multiple axis of movement… trying to get two motors to run at the same time in order to achieve a mix of two!
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Can I use the NXT 2.0 programming software with my educational set?

I have bought the 9797 NXT base educational set. It didn't include any software. I know that I can freely download the NXT 2.0 software (which was included in the 8784 retail set). Is it possible to ...
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What's the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according to the distance of the object?

Hey I'm programming a sumobot for a first-year university Civil Engineering project. We should need the sight of the ultrasonic sensor according tot the distance of an object. For example, the sensor ...
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Should I buy the retail or education version of Mindstroms EV3?

There are other questions that list the differences in the retail and educational version but I cannot judge which one I should buy (educational or retail). I am buying Mindstorms for the first time, ...
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Are variables always global with NXT?

New to NXT software. What I'm trying to do is get my motor to go one of 5 distances, but I'm not sure how to choose between those actions. What I thought of was setting 5 variables to 5 sensors. The ...
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How to install NXT / EV3 software on Windows 8.1 RT

I have a 64 GB Microsoft Surface running Windows 8.1 RT. I am trying to install the old NXT 2.0 software and new EV3 software, but when I try to open the .exe file it says: This app can't run on ...
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NXT shuts down in 5 minutes

I have an NXT brick that will always shut down after 5 minutes. No, it is not the sleep timer. Documentation from the NXT Hardware SDK, page 17, states that if the ARM7 processor does not send back ...
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Does anyone make a self-driving car?

Mapping and localization are the hottest trends in robotics today. And what's more exciting is they can be both implemented with a low-cost robotics kit like LEGO Mindstorms! I tried to make a ...
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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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Unable to connect to NXT using NeXTTool via USB cable

For reasons beyond me, the NXC program MotorControl22.rxe in my NXT has disapeared. So i thought I'd just download it from my computer over to the NXT using NeXTTool. This is where the trouble ...
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How to use NXT device as a keyboard key for computer

Is there any way for me to set up my Mindstorms robot so that when I push one of the touch sensors it sends a signal to the computer to press a key?
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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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Accidently Deleted System files on Nxt 2.0. How to restore system files? [duplicate]

I have accidentally deleted the system files from my NXT 2.0. It is making a continuous clicking sound. How to I restore system files. I have the system files, but my computer can't detect it! Please ...
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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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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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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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How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3?

Having learned that Mindstorms EV3 doesn't work directly with Power Functions, Q: Can you use Power Functions motors with the EV3 programmable brick? A: No, the connector does not match. I ...
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Will learning about EV3 transfer to Lego RCX software/hardware?

If I attend a workshop on EV3 will that knowledge help me get up and running with RCX software and Lego Mindstorm kits we already have at our school? I know EV3 is backwards compatible with NXT but ...
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NXT Programming not working

I recently got back into NXT stuff (keep in mind I have a NXT 1.0). My screen was broken,but got that fixed. The software works,but I think the programming doesnt. I made it so If I push a button,the ...
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How can I remove a rubber band from a pulley?

We have a pulley and a bunch of rubber bands: We don't know that part numbers, but they all were part of a Mindstorms (RCX 2.0) set. My son was trying use the pulley and band to transfer power to ...
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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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Interfacing Mindstorms NXT 2.0 with webcam

I very recently started playing with Mindstorms and have used the sensors that was provided along with the NXT 2.0 set. I'm planning to work on something on the lines of image processing and I need a ...
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NXT brick erratic programming behavior

I think I have a defective NXT brick. It has been programmed to move in a direction for 1 second, wait 1 second and then move in the reverse direction for 1 second. The code downloads on another ...
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NXT motors not moving?

I've been looking around the net for a solution to this problem, to no avail. After taking my NXT v1 out of storage, I tried using a motor, but it sortof just, moves back and forth once, then ...
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NXT Bluetooth “Failed!” when turning on

When I attempt to turn on my bluetooth, the response on the display after about 5 seconds is "Failed!" Then I'm sent back to the main menu. I've reset the unit and updated to latest firmware (1.31) ...
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Ultrasonic problems with the red and blue balls?

I'm still new to NXT, I try to make the robot locate a ball using the ultrasonic sensor, while there I should be in a square area marked by white color. How can I make the robot locate the object (by ...
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Best sensor for balancing inverted pendulum

I want to build a balancer for an inverted pendulum. Which of the following sensors is best suited for detecting the tilt? Accelerometer Gyroscope Angle sensor
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Can I download a programm written in C# into brick?

I use C# language and http://www.mindsqualls.net/ library. But I could not find how to download my program into brick. Actually, is it possible? Or I just have to control my nxt 2.0 robot via ...
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How to simulate Lego Mindstorms programs written in C#?

I am going to do some programming for Lego Mindstorms in C# using http://www.mindsqualls.net/ and have a question. Is there any good simulator to see result of my program without uploading the code ...
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Is there a way to change the Lego NXT sensor polling frequency?

I am using LEGO NXT 2.0 with the native NXT flowchart-style programming environment, I would love to be able to poll the sensors more frequently. (In particular, it seems that the light sensor is ...
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How do I get started with Mindstorms NXT 2.0? [closed]

I need help programming a NXT 2.0 Lego Mindstorms. I want to make the robot turn, stop, go back, etc. when the color sensors see certain colors. For example when the robot sees red it stops then ...
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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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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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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Mindstorms start block is missing

the start block is missing on my mindstorms NXT 2.0 programming space. i cannot run any program without it. i have tried, restarting the programming window, placing a block and even just undoing to ...
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Bluetooth pairing successful in OSX but Mindstorms NXT software still can't connect

I'm using OSX Mountain Lion. I've installed the Mindstorms NXT software successfully using the NXT Script.rb script from Lego's web site, which is supposed to tweak the install so that it is ...
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Alternative controller for LEGO NXT

I love the NXT platform and have quite an investment in sensors and motors, etc. I would like to know if there are alternative controllers that have been integrated with the NXT sensors/motors. By ...
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NXT software V2.1 runtime installation error in windows

My system configuration : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1. When I try to install NXT software v2.1, at the beginning itself I am getting the error below: Microsoft Visual C++ runtime ...
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Programming the NXT brick using an ipad app

for the past few years, I have been using netbooks to program the NXT. I would like to move into the 21st century and use ipads. Is there an ipad app for programming the NXT brick?
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Apart from the LEGO brick, is there any other hardware that has an NXT firmware written for it?

I am trying to find out if you can upload LEGO NXT byte-code to any other hardware, so I am just checking to see if anyone has ever written the LEGO firmware for any other hardware. Maybe hardware ...
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What can cause programmed NXT 2.0 motors to misfunction when small resistance is applied?

I have robot built per the Alligator tutorial included with Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Everything works correctly if I hold it off the ground and make sure there is no load on the two leg motors. However, if ...
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Getting the IR Tower working with RCX and RobotC [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego Mindstorms RCX RIS 2.0 IR tower Windows 7 / Windows XP driver Trying to get RobotC to work with my old RCX 2.0. I'm running windows 7 64 bit. I've connected the IR ...
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Help Installing NXT-G On Mac 10.6.x

I'm failing to install NXT-G on Mac 10.6.x. Whatever I try seems to end up with an error saying "A required file is broken" when I try to run the IDE. Could someone talk me through the steps please? ...