General Mindstorms questions and compatibility. Use the EV3, NXT or RCX tag to mark questions depending on the system used.

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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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What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?

I would like to build a remote controlled car. And if someone already has a good solution for that I would be glad to try it. It's been a while since I had the time and material to build some LEGO ...
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What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?

What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX? I know that the NXT is newer, but what features does it have that the RCX doesn't have, and vice versa (if the RCX has features that the NXT ...
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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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How to get started with Mindstorms?

I want to introduce my 8 year old son to Lego Mindstorms. Where should I start? Is there a starter kit which is the best starting point?
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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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Can I write programs for the LEGO RCX 2.0 in Java/C++?

Is there a library which makes it possible to write LEGO Mindstorms programs for RCX 2.0 in Java or C++? With the LEGO software it takes so much time to write good programs.
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Is Technic compatible with Mindstorms?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for my birthday. I've been reading up on it from as many sources as possible however apart from the 9695 Education Resource Set which adds some additional bricks ...
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What are some free kid-friendly tutorials to get started with Mindstorms Nxt 2.0?

My daughter (10) got the NXT 2.0 for christmas. It doesn't really come with any tutorial. I'm looking for something she can follow which will teach her to use each of the sensors and slightly more ...
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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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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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Where can I find “hacker” information about the NXT?

I want to know if, and where, is some extremely detailed hacker information on the Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Things such as the processor, flash memory, and RAM information, GPIO or I2C support, custom ...
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How can I connect the RCX 2.0 to an external power source?

I want to build an auto-feeder with the RCX 2.0 for my cat. The problem is, that I often had to exchange the batteries. Is there an adapter for the RCX to connect it to a power point?
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What is the Mindstorms NXT Education kit?

I am considering gifting some Mindstorms NXT 2.0 to school, because I think they would get great value from it. I see that there is an "education kit", and I wondered if that's the way to go. Does ...
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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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Good LEGO CAD Design Software with Technic elements and animation

I'm taking computer engineering in Gr. 11 right now and our final project is to create a robot with the first version of Mindstorms. My partner and I are making a sumo robot for the class competition. ...
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Why does this program work in LabView when targeted to computer but not to NXT?

I have a program written in Labview for my LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0. When the target is set to the computer, the program works just fine. However, when I set the target to the NXT, the program doesn't ...
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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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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 is this challenge to solve the Rubik cube as quickly as possible using LEGO bricks?

I saw videos of people participating in race to resolve a Rubik cube as quickly as possible using Mindstorm LEGO robots. Can you provide information if there is a competition, who is involved? What ...
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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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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 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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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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Lego Mindstorm NXT cannot connect via bluetooth

I have an NXT mindstorm brick, running RobotC firmware. I am trying to connect to it, via bluetooth. At first, the problem was that I had the motorola drivers instead of ones from microsoft. Even ...
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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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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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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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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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Dimensions of Mindstorms NXT pieces

I don't have access to my NXT boxes at the moment (they're stuck behind a wardrobe that won't get moved for a week or so) and I'm working on this project where I need to know the dimensions of the ...
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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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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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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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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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How to control a RCX from a Mindstorms NXT

I have both an RCX and an NXT. I would like to control the RCX brick from the NXT (and possibly communicate back to to the NXT from the RCX). I would like to avoid purchasing the Mindsensors RCX to ...
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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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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 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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Where do I find Mindstorms building plans?

I have the Mindstorms NXT 1 kit. It includes a printout of the first robot model building plans. The plans for several other robots (e.g. the scorpion bot) are included in the NXT software. However ...
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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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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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Flash update breaks the Mindstoms NXT viewer

After udating to the lastest version of Flash on my Macbook Pro (OS X 10.7.4) The Mindstorms NXT software that comes in the box no longer displays the build instructions. It does load up, but the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...