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

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EV3 parallel MyBlocks, but only one working

TL;DR = Is there any obvious reason why a MyBlock, added twice in parallel to a program, will only run one of them? In my EV3-G program, I have a MyBlock which uses the Proximity Heading to control a ...
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Is the LEGO BOOST kit compatible with EV3 or PowerFunctions motors and sensors?

I'm curious if I can use my existing EV3 and/or PowerFunctions motors to extend the functionality of my LEGO BOOST set. Is this possible?
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How can I use the EV3 educational firmware instead of the retail version?

I have an EV3 brick from the retail kit, which is currently running the retail firmware. I would like to replace the EV3's firmware with the educational version. How can I do this?
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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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Execute program programmatically

I want to program our Ev3 for FLL (class assignment), and I want to use an object oriented approach in a very procedural environment. Is there a programmatic way to execute another program inside the ...
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Is the LEGO Midstorms EV3 software compatible with OS X yosemite?

OS X Yosemite (10.10) was just released yesterday. I want to upgrade, but I am worried that the EV3 software will be incompatible. What should I do? A. Upgrade B. Stay on OS X Mavericks (10.9)
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How to pause, and restart (without resetting), a timer block - ev3

We're trying to pause the timer block, and then have it restart at the same time where it left off. By using the touch sensor in a loop before our timer code we were able to get the text output to ...
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can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> #...
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Naming a program in EV3 software?

I have figured out how name a project but cannot figure out how to rename a program.
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Why won't the loop block in my EV3 program stop?

I am building a robotic hand, and I programmed the finger to close when the touch sensor is pressed, and release when the touch sensor is released. It did that with a loop block - but when I ran ...
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Direct control of EV3

I need to control a car with an EV3 brick. I want to control it remotely. The trouble is, I'm using an education set so I don't have the remote. What means of controlling it remotely could I use? I ...
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How do I update my NXT firmware using EV3 software

The new EV3 software tells me to update my firmware on the NXT. When I go to the tools menu and select update firmware it tells me the NXT brick can not support this function.
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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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How to store a matrix of values and pick out certain elements and compute the difference?

I at the moment am trying to make an EV3 robot which is capable of following a gradient decent method. The idea was to store a discretized function in a 2D matrix, and make several lookups in that 2D ...
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Is it possible to use Bluetooth to connect two EV3 bricks using RobotC?

For example to send a numeric value from one to the other?
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Is there a free EV3 simulator (virtual machine) for the Mac OS?

I recently saw this question on a virtual EV3 machine. From the video, I felt that this software will be great. However, I don't have the budget needed to buy a licence. Is there any alternative to ...
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How do I get the Mindstorm EV3 software to recognize an NXT brick via Bluetooth?

I'm trying to program my NXT brick via the EV3 software over a Bluetooth connection. I can connect it via USB (although that too failed initially but has since resolved; not sure why) but I'd really ...
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How can I order an Ev3 gyro in Europe

I just bought the Ev3 kit, knowing that the gyro sensor is not included. I obviously want a gyro sensor, perhaps also the ultrasonic sensor. Is there any official channel to order them in Europe? All ...
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Can I open my old NXT program files in the new EV3 software so I don't have to rewrite the entire program?

I would like to use or convert NXT-G 2.0 programs for use with the new EV3 software. Is there an easy way to convert them besides just building them from scratch in the EV3 environment?
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Can I buy an add on educational kit for my retail EV3?

We ordered the retail version of Lego EV3, and my son loves it and wants to do more. Are there any add on kits we can buy to expand upon what we have, ie add on motors or special tech pieces, or an ...
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What is the best way to program Mindstorms EV3?

I'm just starting to use the LEGO Mindstorms EVE robot and I'm a bit hesitant which way to choose for programming: the official graphic software or any alternative (preferably the Linux based ev3dev)? ...
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Where can I download the EV3 education edition software for free?

I have a site license but I'm not able to find the download for the software anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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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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How to get double the speed from 2 regulated EV3 motors?

So I've noticed that if I connect two EV3 motors to one another (with gears), I still get exactly the same maximum speed as if I had a single motor. So, my question: how can I get twice the power/...
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What is the LEGO EV3 rpf file?

I read the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Communication Developer Kit's document. I have a question in 4.2.1 (Start program “Demo” on EV3 brick) it is mentioned "The file-extension is "rpf" and NOT "rbf", so ...
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Could I do datalogging in Mindstorms EV3 Home edition?

Apparently datalogging is an integrated part of the educational EV3 software. But I got the Home edition. Is there some module or thing I can use to get datalogging functionality in my Home edition? ...
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How can I attach a Technic Linear Actuator to a EV3 Medium Motor?

I'm pretty new to serious LEGO building (never got past very blocky houses as a kid but got into Technic a couple of months ago) and need to connect a Technic large linear actuator (61927) to a ...
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Invert motor block in EV3

New to EV3 so this should be simple. I would like my simple wheeled robot to go backwards. So I put two invert motor blocks, one for port B the other for port C followed by a move steering block. The ...
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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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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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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Can't find MyData Block

While going through the challenges of the Gyro Sensor Investigation I came upon the issue that I do not have the MyData Block (It's a dark blue block with a graph on it) on the coding program. Could ...
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How to make Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot go in reverse when move steering input comes from proximity sensor

I saw an program on the Lego Education page which makes a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot gradually slow down as it approaches a wall. The info from the proximity sensor is used as the direct wire input of ...
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How to connect two LEGO Bricks EV3 by USB using python

For some project, I have to use 7 motors with ev3 bricks. So I would like to connect 2 bricks using USB-USB link, and make them communicate, in python. But I don't know how to do that, I've tried ...
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Any way to track a light source in 1 dimension using one color sensor?

I would like to know if there is any workable way to use a single color sensor to track a light source in one axis of rotation? Would rotating the sensor back and forth within a few degrees, every ...
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Why can't I combine a EV3 Motor with a Technic frame in LDD?

It is easy and stress-free to attach a frame to a large motor in a vertical or horizontal manner as shown in the picture in real life. But I can't do the vertical version inside LDD. Anyone knows why? ...
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Ultrasonic sensor option missing in Wait block in Labview

I have hooked up the EV3 brick and the Ultrasonic sensor (on port 4) from the older mindstorms set 8527, and using the most recent Labview software on windows 7. I am trying to test the model for ...
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EV3 Education Edition software license

I got a new EV3 education kit. Can I install it on a several computers or does the license work on one computer only?
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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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Sort the program list on EV3

When uploading a project to the EV3 brick, is there a way to control the sorting order of the programs on the brick? E.g: Prog_1 Prog_2 Prog_3 ... When playing a robot match in FLL one often needs ...
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EV3 controlled by 8879 speed control through IR sensor

Is it possible to send commands to an EV3 brick from the Power Functions Speed Control remote? Would I have to interpret the raw sensor values to do this? Are there any references that would help?
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Are there any components compatible with EV3 that are more powerful and durable?

Are there components compatible with EV3 like motors, sensors, brackets, other details that I can easily connect to an existing EV3 main block and build something to do real-life tasks? Like ...
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EV3 brick cannot connect my to computer

I can't connect my brick to my computer. It keeps saying it can't communicate with the brick. My brick has no firmware. My friend said to change the USB cable but it still doesn't work. I can't ...
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Why do two EV3 bricks have different power outputs?

I have two identical box designs with EV3 bricks. When I upload the same programs to both, one moves about twice as fast as the other. Is there a reason that this might be happening? Is there ...
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Mindstorms EV3: Patrolling a number of rooms - what are my options?

I want my Mindstorms EV3 bot to patrol a number of rooms autonomously on the same track. What are my options? line following, which requires a line and is relatively slow setting a default program ...
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Use legacy RCX sensors with EV3

In NXT-G, there was a "Legacy" Block pack which had blocks to allow for the use of RCX motors/sensors with the NXT, as long as you had a converter cable. However, the EV3 software does not have this, ...
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Issues connecting the EV3 on Windows 8.1 64bit [closed]

I have got a computer with Windows 8.1 64 bit and I have installed LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software Home edition and tried to connect the EV3 brick to the computer, but the brick didn´t connect to the ...
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Lego EV3 - Get output device type, opOUTPUT_GET_TYPE

I would like to know what kind of motor (XL, L) is connected to EV3 output port (A|B|C|D). I need to use direct command: Instruction opOutput_Get_Type (LAYER, NO, *TYPE) Opcode ...
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Is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 brick waterproof?

I am trying to build a ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) with LEGO Mindstorms Ev3. Is it waterproof?
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How can i use my iPhone to scan a barcode and send it to my EV3 brick?

I'm trying to build a sorter that scans the barcode on the brick using an iPhone and sorts it accordingly to the barcode. I cannot use colours due to amount of things to sort.
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Is code written for NXT bricks compatible with EV3 brick (for Johnny 5 building)?

My son is mad on the robot from Short Circuit (Johnny 5) and I want to build robots with him. We have a copy of Daniele Benedettelli's "Creating Cool Mindstorms NXT Robots" and I was planning to start ...