Questions tagged [automation]

Related to operating constructions without human interaction. This often involves Mindstorms, but can also involve other hardware and software.

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Can LEGO City Powered Up trains be automated?

I have a LEGO City train set (60336): The set includes a remote control as well as an app that can be used to control the train. Is it possible to automate the operation of LEGO City trains, ideally ...
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Automating rotation of a block on a track

How do I rotate a block 180 degrees after an item (like a car or train) passes a certain point in a track?
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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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How to build an automatic Lego train system?

I was wondering if anybody has ever tried using the IRLink NXT sensor to make an automated train system and if so, what kind of setup did you have to make it all work? I have been working on a train ...
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Simplest approach for rail sets automation

How would you tackle the automation of a lego rails set. I am looking for a solution that can be achieved with available parts. From the answer I will chose either to invest into lego rail sets for ...
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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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How can I build an (automatic) Mindstorms charging-station?

I'm thinking about buying LEGO Mindstorms and start programming robots. I'm a software engineer and LEGO fan since I was a child so this sounds like the perfect combination of my dearest hobbies. But ...
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