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

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Seeking HiTechnic Color Sensor V2 control block

I'm looking for the EV3-G control block for the HiTechnic Color Sensor V2, previously distributed by HiTechnic (https://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?key=NCO1038&preadd=action), ...
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Anyone have the control block for the hitechnic color sensors?

I'm just wondering if anyone has a copy of the control block for the hitechnic color sensor v2? I'll take a v1 if you have that because I'm desperate at this point. The downloads page for it is down ...
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Why does the Gyro Sensor not work correctly in Virtual Robotics Toolkit?

I somehow found out about Virtual Robotics Toolkit and when I did, I decided that it would be great software to use for Lego League. Later in my research, I found that it automatically had the newest ...
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Can't link variable inside a switch when creating a new block

I have a problem when connecting the variable (from the create a block) to a variable in the function because it's inside a switch. How can I link them? I want to connect the variable to each (20) in ...
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Improving EV3 Screen Readability

I often have a hard time reading the EV3’s LCD display. I presume that I’m not the only one who has experienced this issue. Is there a way to improve its readability? For example, are there any good ...
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Color sensor reliable?

I am experimenting with the light sensor shipped within the mindstorms ev3 package. My Problem is that the bot is standing quiet at one place. Each value returned by sensor is different, although the ...
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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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Two motors are driven forward, why are they rotating in different directions?

I have the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Pack and built a simple car with 3 wheels. The back whels are motorized. When I run the following code: Motor.A.backward(); Motor.D.Backward(); both motors are ...
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How to mirror an EV3 motor?

I want to get one EV3 large motor to copy the other. So if I move one half a rotation the other copies.
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Using two color sensors simultaneously

I am new to the world of robotics, and I'm preparing a new project with my students. Our goal is to make a self driving robot that can read colored signs from the road in order to turn right or left a ...
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LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Line-With-Gaps Follower? [Robotc]

Trying to create an algorithm / code in order to get my robot to follow a track which it currently can do, using a color sensor and following the inside edge. So I'm wondering how to transition to the ...
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Buy the complete EV3 set or only the brick?

I have an old NXT (or NXT 2.0, do not remember exactly) bought I think in 2007. I would like to upgrade to EV3, but I am not sure if I should buy the complete set or only the central brick. Is there ...
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EV3 Spinner factory not moving in the right order

We've built a spinner factory going by the original instructions in the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Education Software, and downloaded the program for it onto the bricks, the Spinner factory moves around, the ...
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Understanding the makeup of an XML .ev3p file

When you unzip an .ev3 program, there are many txt and xml files that are inside. In particular, there is an xml file produced with the filename extension .ev3p, which seems to contain program ...
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How to connect an NXT brick to the LEGO programmer application on an iPad?

Can you connect a NXT brick to an iPad via either USB cable or bluetooth? For me neither seem to work even though the EV3 brick (and the LEGO programmer application) should be backwards compatible. ...
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Read power usage and respond when motor is straining

Is there a way to know if the drive wheels are "straining", like when locked up with an opposing bot? This is for a Lego sumo bot using the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Core Set (EV3 Large Motor ...
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Lego Mindstorms Ev3 home edition on Mac OS Mojave bug - bricks sometimes go blank

I have a fresh install of Mojave and of Mindstorms Ev3 home edition. It seems to work fine but then randomly all the information disappears from the blocks at the bottom of the screen, and sometimes ...
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EV3 Multiple conditions: wait sensor activation for N seconds or

How to program EV3 to wait for a sensor activation for at most X seconds? If the sensor is activated in the given time, begin sequence B. If it is not activated in X seconds, begin sequence A. ...
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How many rotations or degrees do you need to turn your robot?

I have an EV3 Home edition. I have made a tribot. Two main motors for the wheels and a caster in the back. To complete a full turn in place I need to set the rotations to 2.32 or 835 degrees. Does ...
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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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Is EV3 Device Manager still active?

Link to https://ev3manager.education.lego.com/ is broken - will this be fixed?
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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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Bricx Command Center says “No connection to the programmable brick”

I saw that Laurens Valk in THE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 DISCOVERY BOOK thanks John Hansen for the EV3 screen capture tool, and, upon further investigation, I found and installed Bricx Command ...
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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?