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How can I use more than three motors with one NXT brick?

I'm building Caterpillar Excavator with my NXT, and at the moment I'm trying to control 4 points of motion: 2 Caterpillar Tracks - These should be controlled independently to allow for cornering, ...
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Can we program Nxt2 in C++ under Visual studio 2010?

I'd like to know if it is possible to develop C++ software for NXT2 using Visual Studio 2010 as IDE. I know there are small online projects for NXT but I can't find nothing about NXT2.... Any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use RCX sensors and motors with the NXT brick?

I have a bunch of motors and sensors from the original Mindstorms set. It seems a shame I can't use these with the more recent NXT set. Are there any unofficial modifications that allow you to convert ...
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In LEGO mindstorms NXT programming: is it possible to download a file from a robot onto the computer?

I've lost the file for a project, but the robot still has it, and I'm wondering if it is possible to transfer the file onto my computer from the robot, and continue to work on it. How would you do ...
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What's a good age to start getting into Mindstorms with my child?

What is a good age to start getting a child into LEGO Mindstorms? Also, how would you recommend introducing her? I can't wait to start building robots with my daughter. She loves LEGO and the idea of ...
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LEGO Mindstorms NXT projects

I have a LEGO Mindstorms NXT set and since I bought it I almost never used it. Sometimes I think I could do something interesting with it, but I usually either feel like just copying a previous made ...
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Virtual LEGO / Technics / Mindstorms simulation environments

I know that there are quite a few LEGO CADs floating around, but are there any physically correct simulation environments for models built with LEGO / Technic / Mindstorms parts, that would, for ...
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Is there any other way to program the Lego Mindstorms NXT other than the provided software?

I'm curious to know if there is any way to program the NXT other than the provided software. I don't necessarily have any issue with the software. Does the program created by the software translate ...
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Holonomic robots using Mindstorms

I just got some Rotacaster wheels and want to try building a 3 wheeled Mindstorms omnibot (holonomic robot) and I'm looking for a practical (easy) discussion about writing a driving program. I've ...
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Scan objects while moving?

I'm using leJOS with an NXT robot. I want to scan the distances of objects from my robot. While rotating the Ultrasonic sensor from right to left, I would like to find out which object is closest to ...
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Finding certain positions in a room?

I have LEGO NXT and a square room of 100x100cm. I would like to use the center of the of the room always as my starting point(the black box). The green box is going to be my park area. Circles can be ...
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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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Is it possible to add block to the on-brick “NXT Program” menu?

I have an NXT 2.0 (8547) set. Is it possible to add some custom blocks to the NXT progranm submenu on the brick itself (like the existing "forward 5", "turn left", ...) so that I can add and use some ...
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Robot that builds a copy of itself

I'd like to try building a robot that can build a copy of itself. Basically, I guess that involves: having some means of navigating around (i.e. wheels, tracks, something to move on) having some ...
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Can you program Lego Mindstorms with the Scratch programming language?

My child is learning programming using Scratch in school. Can she program her Mindstorms using Scratch?
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Programming with Lego Mindstorms EV3

I know this question was asked in the past, but I want an up-to-date answer. What is the best way to program with the NXT with a oriented object programming language? Ideally C#, C++ or Java (maybe ...
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EV3 IR Beacon/Remote Programmability

Can the EV3 IR Beacon/Remote be programmed to emit other IR signals, like for triggering a camera? I'd like to use the Mindstorms EV3 kit for building a hyperlapse photography rover where it moves, ...
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How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?

I need to use multiple bricks in order to use more motors and sensors. I need to read sensor values, and tell motors to move. I've tried using bluetooth, however my attempts haven't been very ...
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How can I use multiple switch options in Lego Mindstorms EV3 software?

What I see is just a simple if/then/else. What I am looking for is to be able to add multiple options, more than yes/no. I use a motor as a switcher, so I rotate it to some position and measure its ...
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Price of EV3 education software

After looking around on the Lego Education website, I failed to find the price of the education software. I currently have the retail version of the software, but I want the extra features and blocks ...
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Connecting to NXT Brick via Processing over Bluetooth

I am attempting to control my NXT model via the Processing programming language rather than the provided language based on LabView. When I can establish a connection over Bluetooth, this works rather ...
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NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?

The screen on my LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT brick has just stopped working. It is either flickering, or blank. I have tried turning it on and off, installed fresh batteries, and I can even hear the selection ...
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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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“The type or namespace name ”Brick“ could not be found” Xamarin Studio with MonoBrick

I managed to establish a wifi connection with the Ev3 Brick via WinSCD and am programming the Ev3 with XamarinStudio/Mono Develop(http://xamarin.com/studio "XamarinStudio"). My problem is that "The ...
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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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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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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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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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Lego Mindstorms RCX RIS 2.0 IR tower Windows 7 / Windows XP driver

So I've recently dug up my old Lego Mindstorms RIS 2.0 (RCX) and have spent the past few days trying to install it into my Windows 7 laptop. It worked fine, except it could not find the correct ...
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Lego Mindstorms NXT software error

I have installed the retail version of the NXT software. Due to pitiful performance on my Mac (OSX 10.7 Lion) I followed guidance on other forums and uninstalled Flash 11 and reinstalled 10. Now ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms

I bought the NXT Mindstorms education software v2.1 along with a Mindstorms kit (which I don't know the version of). I am trying to remote control a robot I made using bluetooth between my mac and ...
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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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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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Mindstorms NXT Bluetooth Slow Connecting

I have just bought a NXT 2.0 and have installed the software on my laptop, and after some trouble getting it to connect I now have it connected any working using bluetooth. However it takes an age 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 ...