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How can I power an NXT motor without the NXT brick?

I know almost nothing about robotics, so I was wondering how can I power the nxt motor without using the nxt brick, and how can I send signals to it?
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Program a full rotation of a NXT motor in X seconds

I'm interested in mimicking the functionality of the Arqball Spin, at $60 it isn't cheap so I'd like to make the most out of my Mindstorms parts. I'd like to use NXT-G to program a motor to rotate ...
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Can you program an RCX using the Mindstorms NXT 2.0 software?

I was asked to teach a robotics class and found several RCX bricks in storage. Can I use these bricks with the Mindstorms NXT 2.0 software? If not, what would be the software I would need to use the ...
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Is it possible to retrive a text file from an NXT?

I am on a SeaPerch building team which is starting to use a Vernier Dissolved Oxygen probe, connected to an NXT to log the data. I have a bit of programming experience, but nothing in particular with ...
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NXC Saturation algorithm for limiting motors?

What is a good algorithm in NXC for control saturation? I want to make sure my motors don't turn past a certain angle, or they will break the model. I could do something like: if (angle > 45) ...
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PosRegEnable - How to change motor parameters?

I want to set PID parameters for a faster 'attack' when using PosRegEnablePID() on a motor. I am compiling with nbc/nxc 1.2.1 r4 mac osx fatbinary using -Z2 and -EF flags. But the compiler says: # ...
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NXT brick output ports not working properly

My NXT brick will not let motors run. When I download a program the motor will move forward and backward and then stop - sort of a wiggle. Another motor will not work at all. This happens for all ...
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How accurate is the ultrasound sensor when moving?

Can I use an ultrasound sensor while the Robot is moving, or will it give bad data?
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NXT motor power accuracy

When turning the motors, how precise is the speed parameter? I am programming in the NXC language (standard firmware) and wishing to know how many decimal points will be taken, if any, and whether the ...
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Can I use two ultrasound sensors at a time?

Is there a way to use two ultrasound sensors on a Mindstorms NXT without them interfering with each other?
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Is it possible to display large text on an NXT using LabVIEW?

In RoboLab and using RobotC, it's possible to write LARGE text to the screen of the NXT. In RoboLab, this can be done by just typing [\big] at the beginning of a string constant which is wired into a ...
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Can I control 2 NXT bricks from a computer using bluetooth at the same time?

I am thinking about starting a project involving controlling the movement of a mindstorms robot depending on some input from a Kinect device; however the robot will require at least 6 motors. I have ...
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Adapting charger for NXT 9798 battery

I have an old style 9798 NXT rechargeable battery pack 7.2V 1400MnAh, but no charger. Can I adapt a spare non lego 9v 200mAh charger for this? Or is voltage too high? can anyone read the output ...
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Bluetooth will not connect Error code: -142016

nxt 2.0 Error code: -142016 The Bluetooth does connect. I am not having these issues with any of my other Bluetooth devices running off of the same dongle. Where do I find the the meaning of any ...
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What is the difference between the NXT 1.0 controller and the NXT 2.0 controller?

I've tried to look this up but I can't find anything. As far as I can tell, the controller bricks (the white ones w/ buttons and a screen) are exactly the same and the only difference is NXT 2.0 comes ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...