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EV3 is the current generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, released in 2013.

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EV3 screen stuck at “Starting…”

After I turn the device on, its screen is stuck at "starting..." for a long time. It hasn't change into the regular screen, and the light behind the button was still red (didn't become green). Is ...
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How to install Firmware 1.10E on an EV3 home/retail edition brick

If and how can you install firmware 1.10E on an EV3 brick from an home/retail edition set (instead of an education set)? Updates 1.0E9 are only recognized from the Mindstorm software, also with ...
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Function in EV3 Basic

I have been programming in basic for ~30 years. I want a translation of the following code into EV3 Basic: function index( x , y ) return x + y * ( maxx , + 1 end function sub look for i = 0 ...
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How To Plug Detected Light Values into Variables and Still be Usable in Programs in EV3-G

I've seen teams, mostly in the world festival do this, and what they do is they program the robot so that when a brick button is pressed, the robot detects a value (usually RLI) and it is used later ...
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EV3 Brick and Commander app bluetooth disconnecting

On OSX on an iPad, we're having an issue with the EV3 Brick and Commander app bluetooth connection constantly disconnecting. The brick just stops responding, so we turn the brick off to disconnect and ...
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How I can program a solar panel heliostat? [closed]

I want to make a program for an EV3 solar heliostat. It consists of two motors and a color sensor. I want it to follow the light. The station is fixed. EV3SolarStation pdf
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EV3 motor TACHO signal connection. Hardware schematic questions

I'm trying to understand EV3 motor TACHO signals circuit on the EV3 hardware schematic. Please look at the image below. There are two things I can't understand: On the left side, the TACHOA0 input ...
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How do I delete custom images I made in my computer?

I created a custom image for a test, and everytime I download the program to my brick, the image shows up in the folder despite me not using a display program. How do I fix this?
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How can I have EV3 Commander App continue running the motor when I release the slider?

I'd like to control a drawing robot that I am building with EV3 Commander App. The problem is that EV3 Commander App stops the motor as soon as I release the slider. Is there an option with EV3 ...
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Mindstorms crashes when connecting to EV3 with Bluetooth

I am using OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) on a 2011 MacBook Air, LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition v1.0 and the latest firmware on the EV3 (v1.06H) When I attempt to pair the EV3 with my Mac over Bluetooth, ...
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EV3 brick Bluetooth connection error

I’m unable to pair the ev3 brick to our iPad mini. Both see each other but I keep getting this error on the ipad, Connection Unsuccessful, make sure ev3 is turned on and in range. And the ev3 shows a ...
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How can I create custom EV3 blocks?

What do I need to create custom blocks and in particular the VIX part?
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ev3 brick blocked during running a program

I pressed "Run my program" (a simple one), and it is stuck with "mindstorms sound_turn_on" displayed on the screen. The name of my program is sound_turn_on. I am using LabView to program it. Now ...
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How can I access the brick id in ev3-g?

How can I access the brick ID ( or brick information) in ev3-g?
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EV3 brick not turning on, nothing on display?

Ev3 brick not turning on, nothing on display, just red leds are on, tried 3 buttons not working.
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How to instruct Mindstorms EV3 from PC conditionally?

I want to direct my LEGO Mindstorms EV3 creature from my PC conditionally (ev3dev, Python). The idea is that the program runs on the computer, collects real-time data from different sources, processes ...
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Can I use EV3 with a TETRIX motor?

What program can I use to control a TETRIX motor through the LEGO EV3? I've heard that RobotC currently cannot be used for this. Has NI released a Labview version which I can use to control TETRIX ...
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Lego EV3 simulator and programming

I've been searching and testing for hours. There is little information on this subject though. I have some specific requirements for a Lego EV3 simulator and programming environment. I do not want to ...
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How do you convert the ev3p program files and assets back into an ev3 project file?

I edited the ev3p file, and I want to see the changes by opening it in the ev3 IDE. How do I convert all of the files back into an ev3 project file?
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Is the EV3 compatible with a 3rd party I2C gyroscope?

The only detail I've found so far is that the pull-up resistor should be 82k ohm. I'm wondering If I could just get something like this Adafruit Gyro/Accelerometer and just hook it up to the SDA and ...
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What is this EV3 controlling app

What is this EV3 controling app that is used here: https://youtu.be/Sjix76QjtMU?t=1m43s
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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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What kind of mat do you use for running Mindstorm EV3?

Turning Ev3 precisely has been a problem. Do you use a mat for running EV3 on. Can you tell me on what material to get the mat printed?
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How can I get the EV3 to control an ordinary motor with PWM?

Looking at the hardware developer pdf, it looked like the EV3 should output a PWM signal with a duty cycle corresponding to power level. It does, but only for 100ms and only on pin 1. Is that how the ...
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Using the unregulated motor block and conversion cable to light LEDs

I have the following setup: It consists out of An EV3 brick A nxt to 9v conversion cable (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=x1676) A 20 cm 9v to Power Functions conversion ...
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Is there a changelog for any firmware updates on an EV3 brick?

When a firmware update is released for the Mindstorms EV3 brick, are there usually any changelogs for them explaining what's been added or changed? If so, where can they be found?
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Programming Mindstorms on a chromebook

I know there is no official way to program NXT/EV3 on a Chromebook. But a Chromebook can have Ubuntu installed via Crouton in developer mode. So, is there a relatively painless way to program NXT/...
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Why do I not have the Brick Datalog app in the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 V1.10E firmware?

I realize a similar question has been asked (you can view it here) however mine is slightly different. I have a Lego Mindstorms EV3 Home Set 31313 and due to recommendation, I installed Lego ...
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Is possible to change firmware of ev3 brick?

I bought LEGO 31313 but I would like to change the firmware for education (45544). 1.09H to 1.09E. Is this possible?
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Is it possible to use 5 motors on an EV3 brick?

The EV3 brick has only four output ports (A B C & D) to run motors. Is there any way to use port 1 (sensor port) to control a motor?
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Can I install EV3 Education software and Retail software side by side?

I have EV3 Retail edition and I like to buy required sensors and build the robots come with the education edition of EV3. I have lots of LEGO Technic spare parts so I expect I can find alternate parts ...
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lego mindstorm ev3 education 1.4.2 for Windows crash when open 2nd projects

EV3 open first project no problem, but when I open second project it crash and exit. I tryed install EV3 software on Windows 10 (MS Surface laptop i7,16GB RAM), or on Windows 7 (Thinpad i5, 16GB RAM), ...
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How to make a Lego Mindstorms ev3 self driving car?

I recently got the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit. I wanted to make a self driving car, but I got stuck on the building part. I saw another question like this, however it was for NXT and had no decent ...
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What does taking Raw value for EV3 Colour sensor do?

I participate in Robotics competitions like the WRO and I want to know if using EV3 colour sensor raw values helps in line follow.
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Stepping through Mindstorm program

The code does not do what I think it should. It is frustrating to tweak it, download it, run it from the block, and find that once again, it does not do what I think it should. Is there some way to ...
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LEGO mindstorm EV3 control using FPGA

I need advice on this issue. I want to build a communication between EV3 Mindstorms and FPGA. I want to control the different actuator/sensor of the EV3. The idea is to test functionality of my ...
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Use iPhone camera as an input sensor for EV3

As EV3 has Bluetooth builtin as well as iPhone too, is there a way to connect them somehow so that iPhone could send data from the camera via Bluetooth to an EV3 brick? As a more general question, ...
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How to get good color readings from the color sensor?

What type of setup is needed to get good color readings from the Mindstorms EV3 color sensor: Shape of object? Size of object? Distance to object? Color of background?
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Mindstorms EV3 Spinner factory complete code problem

I recently posted a question about the creation of My Block. Now I have another problem. I have written the code as described in the program description, and double checked it, but it still doesn't ...
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EV3 isn't showing up in programming software after pairing on Windows XP

Running Windows XP x32. I've connected, paired, connected, paired, paired, and connected, but I just can't get the EV3 software to recognize my EV3! I've used this EV3 before on a different PC over ...
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Lego mindstorms ev3 spinner factory problem

I hope you can help me with this. I'm on an education where we practice all stuff about IT. I'm currently working on the Spinner Factory project in the EV3. However, when i looked through the program ...
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EV3 does not react to commands (sent via bluetooth) after 1.7 seconds

Short description: I want to send commands via bluetooth to an EV3 brick from a Linux computer. I use python to send bytecodes via bluetooth and not any EV3-specific software Pairing the device was ...
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Help with Multiple Motors/ Intelligent Bricks and coding/ programming/ daisy chaining

Built the accompanying robot earlier in the week. I have a challenge where the robot needs to find white/ black bricks then store them on a tray and then travel over to another robot and transfer the ...
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How can I rotate an EV3 motor an exact number of degrees using RobotC?

I'm trying to rotate the motor of an EV3 by an angle of 50°. I can't. How I can rotate a NXT/EV3 motor by a given angle using RobotC?
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EV3 touch sensor specs relevant for a brick-built MOC

I want to integrate the following EV3 touch sensors (45507) into a MOC: For aesthetical reasons, I want the MOC to be mainly built out of system bricks and plates, with only some internal stuff in ...
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How can I program a motor to rotate towards the source of sound?

I have 3 sound sensors and a motor connected to four ports of the same brick. My motor should rotate by some angle towards the highest sound detected by the sensor, how do I write an infinite loop ...
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Loop interrupt stops all loops, not just the one designated

I have been using loop interrupts for a while, and not had an issue... until now. And it is driving me nuts. The program has 2 main loops, titled "touch" and "end" with two more nested in the "touch" ...
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Steer with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3

In my workshops I get asked regularly, what the turn option of the default steering block means (see the image). Obviously, if the turn option is set to 0, the robot is moving forward. A positive ...
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Mindstorms Software Versions

Here is what I have: Site licences for Mindstorms Software 1.0 (NXT) and EV3. An upgrade to Version 2.0 for the NXT 9 NXT kits 4 EV3 kits 2 Renewable Energy Kits and Temperature sensors My problem ...
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What does EV3 stand for?

I am wondering what the official reason behind the name of LEGO's latest MINDSTORMS robotics platform is. What does "EV3" stand for?