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Return a robot to its start position?

I have a LEGO NXT robot, and after some movements I would like it to return back where it started. After some research, it looks like my best option is to revert the motors. To decode their movements ...
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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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What files are required to run an ev3 program?

I'm working on a project that aims to help beginning Lego Mindstorms programmers. I'm developing certain "modules" (moving straight, making a turn) for students to try, and I want to develop a program ...
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Using Dexter WiFi Sensor with Robot C

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT system a few years ago and I bought a Dexter WiFi sensor (http://www.dexterindustries.com/manual/wifi/) for it, By the time I got a chance to work with it, I found ...
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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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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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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 differ....
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Vision Command and Exploration Mars software for Mindstorms RIS 2.0

I recently bought a set 3804 LEGO Mindstorms RIS (Robotics Invention System) v2.0 very well maintained but did not have the installation CD of the RCX program and IR tower. With some research on the ...
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How to locate objects, and move towards them, without pre-programming the path

So I need to find objects in an enclosed area, I have access to the standard set of NXT sensors, i.e. ultrasonic/light. However, the ultrasonic sensors seem to be very unreliable and erratic, in ...
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Resources to learn useful common Mindstorms mechanical construction patterns

I'm currently working on building a small scale CNC-like (X-Z, no Y axis) machine to cut glass mosaic tiles. I decided to give it a go using my EV3 set and I'm having some trouble with the Z-axis ...
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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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Programming/running a NXT brick with a dead screen, via PC?

I have a NXT set and the control brick has a dead screen. I tried fixing it (resoldered caps, ribbon rub, etc) to no avail. It's dead. Is there any software that will allow me to program and execute ...
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Could I do datalogging in Mindstorms EV3 Home edition?

Apparently datalogging is an integrated part of the educational EV3 software. But I got the Home edition. Is there some module or thing I can use to get datalogging functionality in my Home edition? ...
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Execute program programmatically

I want to program our Ev3 for FLL (class assignment), and I want to use an object oriented approach in a very procedural environment. Is there a programmatic way to execute another program inside the ...
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Installing Linux on my NXT

I have an old NXT laying around and I want to set it up with my printer so I can connect it to the cloud. In order to do this I need to install Linux on the NXT and connect the NXT's USB port to the ...
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Did all the nxt 2.0 lego content vanish from the Lego website?

I keep finding links to pictures and projects that evidently used to be on an nxt content site at lego. Is all of that information just gone? A site called nxtasy also seems to have vanished. Are ...
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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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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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What is the difference between nxtG and nxt 2.0?

I'm familiar with NXT 1.0 and 2.0 but I've also seen reference (program samples, etc.) to NXT G. What's the difference?
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Can the rcx work without the infrared tower

I'm getting a rcx 1.0 or 1.5 and it's not coming with the tower. Can I still program it, using some sort of cable?
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Lego EV3 - Get output device type, opOUTPUT_GET_TYPE

I would like to know what kind of motor (XL, L) is connected to EV3 output port (A|B|C|D). I need to use direct command: Instruction opOutput_Get_Type (LAYER, NO, *TYPE) Opcode ...
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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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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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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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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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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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LEGO TECHNIC CyberMaster Software

I come again to ask a favor. Can someone share the installation CD in English of LT 8482 CyberMaster or where can I download the software in English??
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Teleoperated arm trouble

I have built a robotic arm with the lego Mindstorms ev3. My goal is to control its motion via teleoperation, that is , to have a gyro sensor strapped onto my arm and have the robot mimick the up and ...
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No response when controlling the Mindstorms EV3 brick over Bluetooth

I am trying to control the EV3 using direct commands over a Bluetooth connection. There are no issues pairing the brick with a PC or phone, and opening the serial connection works fine, but sending a ...
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RCX + java + usb-to-serial

I am trying to get an old RCX working with leJOS. I already have it working with NQC and BricxCC. While NCQ/BricxCC seems to recognize my usb-to-serial (which appears as "COM5" to the OS), the leJOS ...
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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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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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EV3 parallel MyBlocks, but only one working

TL;DR = Is there any obvious reason why a MyBlock, added twice in parallel to a program, will only run one of them? In my EV3-G program, I have a MyBlock which uses the Proximity Heading to control ...
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Are NXT Light sensors compatible with EV3?

I would like to use the NXT light sensors my EV3 brick. I don't have enough light sensors as I need 2 for each robot (per set) and it only comes with one. However, I have a lot of NXT sensors. Will ...
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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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Lego Mindstorms EV3 crashes on OS X El Capitan

I get the following problem details, can anyone help me? Process: MindstormsEV3 [595] Path: /Applications/LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Home Edition.app/Contents/MacOS/...
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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 programs/...
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The Mindstorms EV3 Software crashes on OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. What do I do?

It's crashing on startup which is really irritating. When debugged with terminal it says this: Unhandled Exception: System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path is denied. [ERROR] FATAL ...
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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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Differences between EV3 Gyro and Hitechnic Gyro

I understand that the Hitechnic Gyro was made for NXT but are there any advantages of using it over the normal lego gyro in EV3??
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EV3 turning in circles

New programmer feeling my way around. I set the most simple "steering block" to 25, the power to 50, and the number of motor rotations to 40 or 50. Then I let it run expecting the bot to go in a ...
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Programming The Lego Mindstorms T-Rex from EV3 Laboratory

I bought the book The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory fron Daniele Benedettelli. I buid the T-Rex chapter 15 and when I tried to programming the T-Rex (chapter 16) I have a problem. I'm not able to ...
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Is it possible to connect EV3 and NXT bricks like master/slave configuration via bluetooth?

Can I make a Bluetooth connection between LEGO EV3 bricks and LEGO NXT bricks? and If it is possible how to handle the software to make a chain between them?
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Code for PID for EV3-g

I want to use PID for my Ev3. I used PID for NXT-G before, but I have never used EV3-G before and don't know how to get PID. Could someone please post a screen shot of the code or upload the file?
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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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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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RCX 2.0 Firmware downloaded successfully but “Run” does nothing

I recently was able to install RIS 2.0 for the first time since I just got a 32bit Windows 7 machine, I got the IR tower to download the firmware to the RCX 2.0 and it showed exactly the same screens ...
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EV3 Error and VM Program Instruction Break

I'm making a program which is very complex and large but it does not contain any Arrays in it. Weird thing is, last night it worked fine but today when I downloaded the exactly same thing into the EV3 ...