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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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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? ...
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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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Known quality control issue with 10234 Sydney Opera House?

I have just completed 10234 Sydney Opera House, with one white half-shell (Bricklink: 41749 White Wedge 8x3x2 Open Right) missing. Both the Bricklink inventory and the Lego instructions show 34 of ...
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How to make custom LEGO signs, newspapers, etc. [closed]

I have several ideas, but I am finding it hard to get started. What I am interested in is making my own decals for signs, newspapers, artwork for the walls and others. So far I haven't had any luck. ...
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LEGO Digital Designer is unable to connect to the Internet [closed]

I just installed LEGO Digital Designer on my Macbook Pro running OS X (10.8.2). Every time I start up the application, it immediately displays a dialog box stating "Internet access failed" as you can ...
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How versatile are the parts in a lego pirate ship set?

I am looking at buying one of the pirate ship sets, such as 6285-1: Black Seas Barracuda, however, I am concerned the parts in the set are too specialized, and could not be easily adapted to make ...
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What other uses are there for pull-back motors?

Sets 42010 and 42011 feature a pull-back motor. They have a very high torque for a very small numbers of turns, they then free-wheel. I'm trying to find alternate usage for them. That is anything but ...
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Is this a real Duplo Train Base or fake?

I'm new to LEGO, so forgive me if this is a simple question. I purchased a lot of 30 Duplo Train Base from eBay. Below is the picture that accompanied the listing. There is a disclaimer stating: (...
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What are the armless minifigures from the LEGO boardgames called?

I see many of the LEGO boardgames come with mini figures which are armless and have no holes for arms. While I think it is kind of ridiculous to not simply provide a full figure, I understand it's ...
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Does the Mindstorms EV3 software run on OS X El Capitan?

El Capitan was released a few days ago, and I want to upgrade. Will there be issues with the software, or will it run nicely on El Capitan? My Mac: Retina MacBook Pro 13", Early 2015
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Piece to hot air balloon won't fit. Anything I can do?

I am putting together the 41097 hot air balloon with my daughter and there is a red piece that shows a rod should go through however the rod will not go through no matter what we do. There seems to be ...
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Quality issues with tan-colored Lego pieces?

I recently bought an expensive Lego set with a large number of tan-colored pieces. I was very disappointed to find out that more than a dozen (isn't that a spectacularly large number?) of 1x1 bricks ...
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Are there more studs or “antistuds”?

I was reflecting this morning about the recently introduced element Brick 1 x 1 with Stud on One Side and the fact that there is no real counterpart for it; that is, a 1x1 brick with a hollow cavity ...
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What is a good ratio to buy bricks in?

I want to add to my collection by buying an assortment of 2x4,2x2,1x2, and 1x1 bricks in a variety of colors. I want these to be general purpose bricks, primarily for sculptures and buildings. What ...
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Determining what set I have from a bag of lego pieces?

I have a bag of lego pieces that make a set of something but I don't have a box or instructions. Is there anyway to determine what set it is so I can download/buy an instruction sheet for it...or at ...
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Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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How to build a steerable remote-controlled vehicle with just 1 motor?

In WeDo 2.0 set there is only 1 motor, which can be remotely switched on and off by using the iPad app (by writing a Scratch program). Also motor rotating direction can be toggled remotely. As an ...
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What is the best way to rebuild Lego sets?

My six year old son loves to build with LEGO bricks and has quite a few LEGO sets. Over time they have been disassembled, so we decided to try to rebuild some of them. We have the original ...
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How do you eliminate the gap between castle doors?

I'm building a MOC castle and want to use a pair of 1x5x7 and 1/2 stockade doors. My problem: I can't get the doors to fit flush. Either there's a 1/8 to 1/4 inch gap between them, or they overlap. ...
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Old sets, new bricks

Are there sellers out there that compile old discontinued Lego sets with new bricks? In other words they source new bricks and instructions to put together old discontinued sets. Thanks
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Can anyone identify these Bionicle sets?

Can anyone identify these Lego pieces? They were given to us in a bin of toys, and we cannot identify them. We know they're Lego, and have a 2002 date on them.
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Pick A Brick delivery times

I am about to order some bricks using the online Pick A Brick service. Unfortunately, its delivery time information is confusing. In the right column of the checkout page, it says: Your item will ...
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Please tell me what tunnel-hull boat set this is?

I cannot figure out what this set would be...I like it and want to find instructions...but tried different wording and looking at images without luck.
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Can anyone identify this piece for me?

It seems like this piece would be named "Octagonal Dish 2 x 2" but I can't seem to find it on any of the usual sites. Is this named something else or is it not a real LEGO element?
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How can I transmit horizontal torque to vertical?

I have a setup where I have a step motor which I am attaching a gear onto. The motor will make the gear stand horizontal in a small vehicle. Is there any good gear combinations of LEGO gears that can ...
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How does the remote control on the 9398 4X4 Crawler work?

Been looking for a good option for creating a remote control car but it seems Lego released an "official" way via the 9398 4X4 Crawler but it's expensive. How does it work? And that's really two ...
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Which subtheme did the “Space Monorail” sets come under?

Many years ago I remeber attending a model railway exhibition and one of the railways was a Lego monorial that looked very "space" based. I've found 6990 (Monorail Transport System) and 6991 (Monorail ...
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I have a vintage set box with the kids on it. Should I continue collecting era appropriate pieces to refill it?

I have an early vintage set box (with the boy and girl on the cover). I've been collecting vintage pieces in order to restock the box with the hope the complete vintage set will be desirable on the ...
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What are good DUPLO projects for around 2 year olds?

It is always good to have a bunch of (short) building projects to suggest to our toddlers. Here I would like to collect some easy ones for DUPLO. I'm not particularly interesting in creating ...
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What are the differences between NiMH and Alkaline batteries for the EV3?

Currently I am using six rechargeable batteries for my Lego Mindstorms EV3. A few seconds after I start a motor the EV3 gives a notification that that the battery is low. I know that good batteries ...
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Does knolling help or is it just part of the fun?

When building a new set, many people knoll their LEGO bricks before beginning the assembly. My question is: Is there a actual advantage to knolling all the pieces or is it only a way to stretch the ...
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Is there a LEGO Tyre Shop set?

Is there a LEGO set of a tyre shop (garage)? In other words, a set with play features where tyres could be disassembled by a tyre-changing machine, with a lift for cars or bikes, and other tools for ...
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Is there a time mechanism that can be added to an NXT program?

I wanted to create a system where an NXT block would be set into function at a certain time of day (maybe 5:00 and then 5:10 and so on). I would want the timing function to be embedded into the NXT ...
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What is this model number please?

I don't have the instructions for this and I have no idea what model number this is. Can anyone identify it?
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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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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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EV3 Brick Error Symbols?

I am currently developing an EV3 robot that sorts colored technic beams. However, the brick will only run part of the program and then generate a strange error code on the brick's screen. The error ...
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Star Wars 2013 Advent calendar codes

What are the four codes for the 2013 Star Wars Advent calendar online game?
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Identification of arm like beam

Any part number information about this technic beam?
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Common, practical use for this piece

I've been digging to some old inventories and noticed that all Bohrok from the Bionicle theme contains this piece: I'm pretty sure I have this piece in my collection, probably from a Bohrok. At ...
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What is the name of this Lego Blacktron anime/cartoon?

Once upon a time, in a distant past there was a Lego Blacktron series: The Lego Blacktron series has a logo/symbol, it's a yellow triangle with small black triangle inside. Now my question is: ...
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Ninjago lightning and fire dragons

I am searching (to buy) the lighting dragon and the fire dragon from the Ninjago series. I am not interested in other parts of those sets, I'm just searching for the dragons themselves. I have ...
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What is the quality of lego replicas on Aliexpress?

Aliexpress is full of lego replicas, does anyone bought them, and can say something about it's build quality? Example products: http://bit.ly/1Ls3jsg I'm sure it shouldn't be stored together with ...
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Can you ID this part?

I am trying to id the three grey bars on the left-hand side of the image. Any ideas? Many thanks.
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Large trap door - alternative to door with frame 4595708

I need to build a large trap door, the trap door 4x5 with frame 6x8 is too small for my model. Other doors/hinges seem to have too much resistance and the door doesn't fall by itself, it must be ...
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Can anyone help id this partial build/set?

I found this partial set bagged at Savers, looked interesting. But searching thru peeron, I cannot figure out what set this might belong to. Is anybody familiar with what set this might be associated ...
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What's the circle piece in this MOC?

I saw a moc from here. But have no idea what the piece it use on the arms of the robot, and on the guns.
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Why doesn't lego make many 2x2x4 Pieces?

I'm just wondering if anybody here knows where I can get some 2x2x4 pieces ... It seems that Lego doesn't make many just standard bricks that are 4 high ... I've found a few singles here and there on ...
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Representing pregnancy on LEGO minifigs without a dome

So far for pregnancy I have tried a fetal carrier that I put on the minifig's back but this limits her movements. Specifically she can't bend too far in either direction and also she can't lay down ...

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