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EV3 software with large blocks

I can't seem to find a download for home or education version of EV3 software that has the large white blocks for either macos 10.13 or 10.15 on my imac. Can someone help? I currently have that ...
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How to restart/reset a program automatically after stop block

I have a program that uses the colour sensor to progress that program. The colours are in a certain order. If the wrong colour is detected, the program stops. I want to restart the program from the ...
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EV3 color sensor strangeness

I've run across something very strange with my color sensor when using multiple sensors and multiple nested loops for a sumobot. I have 4 separate loops continuously monitoring the "optical", "...
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How to make Spik3r move without the pincers moving

How do you make Spik3r move without the pincers moving as well? Seems like the legs are only controlled by the motor on port B, but the move tank and steer modules only allow for the use of 2 ports. ...
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Missing parts in a Lego Mindstorms box [duplicate]

Could it be that there are parts missing in a LEGO box? I've a new set of LEGO Mindstorms (reference number 31313) and I'm missing the parts 4499858 4211805 Where could I get them?
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Chromebook troubles?

I want to make a crane in LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and I've already downloaded the software but as you can see below some coding pieces here are not in the chromebook version. Should I download the ...
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What is the use of a single ultrasonic signal?

The EV3 ultrasonic sensor has an advanced mode that includes an option to use single or continuous sensing as described in the Help page: You can choose whether the sensor sends a single ultrasonic ...
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Advanced mode in EV3 ultrasonic sensor

The EV3 Ultrasonic Sensor has an “Advanced mode" which measures either in centimeters or in inches. When exactly do you use this mode? Why doesn’t the sensor send just a single ultrasonic signal?
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Could Microsoft MakeCode be an alternative to the EV3 program?

Is it possible to use Microsoft MakeCode for the EV3 as an alternative to the widely used EV3 program by LEGO? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
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Where do I get PDF instructions for LEGO builds that were only in software, like NXT as of 2019?

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) stored almost all of its build instructions in the associated software. LEGO no longer supports the software for modern macOS versions. I can not find build instructions ...
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Does LEGO no longer support NXT 2.0 at all?

I am running Mac OS X 10.15 (Catalina) and the EV3 software can't detect my NXT 2.0 using USB.
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Release date for New LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Classroom? [duplicate]

What is the release date for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Classroom for New macOS (macOS 10.15 Catalina)?
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How to import file to Mindstorm Programmer?

I got a Mindstorm set a year ago and I stumbled across a build which looked really cool! I finished the building part then I downloaded the program file but I couldn’t import it. I have a MacBook ...
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BricxCC not seeing Serial Tower in Windows 10

Same problem with both the native 9-pin serial port and with a USB to 9-pin Serial adapter. Using Lego's original cable. Start BricxCC Version 3.3 (Build 3.3.8.10). It asks for the connection ...
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T-R3X the look My Block problems [duplicate]

OK I am making the look My block for the T-R3X program but there is this block which don't know how to make at the end of the diagram in the book.
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What does this error symbol on the EV3 mean?

I get this error image pop up when I power on my EV3. What does it mean? Also, is there a list of different error codes anywhere, I looked in the User Manual and I could not see anything. Cheers!
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Has LEGO ever been used in an assembly line or a manufacturing process?

With LEGO Technic and LEGO Mindstorms becoming ever more sophisticated, I wonder if it has ever been used in a real commercial setting to automate parts of an assembly line or manufacturing / research ...
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Is there a way to restart a program with EV3?

I've got a program with a code lock, and I would like the program to restart when you enter the incorrect code. Does anyone know of a way to do that?
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How to make a point coordinate system for EV3

I'm trying to make a internal coordinate system for an EV3 Python project I'm doing, but at a complete loss on how to do it. It needs to keep track of how it moves (with wheels) in an X, Y coordinate ...
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Run Code From PC

https://www.ev3dev.org/projects/2014/05/09/Python-Rubiks-Cube-Solver/ The other one gives a solution in around 20 steps, but takes around 500 MB of memory, so I need to run it on a computer How do I ...
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What does this symbol on the EV3 Brick mean?

I can’t figure out how to get my R3PTAR to open and close it’s mouth to bite. I keep getting this symbol. What does it mean?
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MindSqualls - can I connect more than one NXT brick using USB?

To access my NXT brick connected via USB with the MindSqualls library, I do the following: var brick = new McNxtBrick(NxtCommLinkType.USB, 0); The 0 is serialPortNr. If I were to buy a second NXT ...
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What is a color sensor and where do you get it?

I have an NXT but I don’t know how to make it detect colors, all it does is say “wait”. My set includes a light sensor but I heard some YouTube videos say there was a lego “color” sensor. Does LEGO ...
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Are there any coding platforms for my NXT available for my iPad?

Can anyone tell me any app on the App Store so I can program my NXT? Please let it not be one of those ones that you have to pay, or one of those that are just controllers.
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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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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 wheels are motorized. When I run the following code: Motor.A.backward(); Motor.D.Backward(); both motors are ...
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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, ...
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What do I need to connect an old RCX 2.0 to a computer and is it worth compared to just buying a new one?

From a friend I got some Lego, including an old Mindstorms package (RCX 2.0 as I already found out). It's my first time with the Mindstorms "eco system". I already found out that I need some kind of ...
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Unsure of how to use a switch that is time dependent

Have been trying to make a line follower that can auto-correct itself if it would lose the line. The follower is supposed to turn around, go forward and catch the line if the line has not been ...
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What does each Midstorms part do exactly?

It's been a few years since I bought a Lego Mindstorms (v2) which comes with the Technic style pieces. There's beams, axles, rods, connectors... but the majority of the times when I'm building (my ...
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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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Capture video stream from LEGO Studio Camera (Logitech USB webcam) in ev3dev?

Once upon a time, LEGO made a digital camera for the LEGO Studios and Mindstorms line. Internally it's an old USB Logitech camera repackaged in a LEGO housing. It could also be used with the old LEGO ...
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What are some good purist rotacaster / omni wheel designs?

In robotics, rotacasters or omni wheels are often very useful. It's possible to buy LEGO-compatible ones from some third parties, here's one random example: Unfortunately, LEGO has yet to make any ...
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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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Mindstorms Chromebook app Stuck in Zoomed-Out Position

We are using the LEGO Mindstorms app on Chromebooks. Our test program got zoomed-out to the point of being too small to read. The remainder of the screen is normal sized. We've tried using 2 fingers ...
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Program for NXT golf robot not looping properly

This is what I made: I will put this robot straight in line with the ball I have to make this robot go forward and once it reaches the ball, I have to make it stop and hit the ball with the swing ...
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How could I make a golf robot from a LEGO NXT kit?

I want to make a golf robot. It will be placed straight in line with the ball. It will approach the ball and swing. The part where I get confused is how to get it to swing in a left-right motion when ...
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EV3 Brick and Commander app Bluetooth disconnecting

On iOS 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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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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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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Connecting 2 NXT bricks in order to control motors and sensors from one brick

Is it possible to connect two bricks using a cable (connecting port 4 to port 4) , and then have both programs run by only pressing one button? I want the sensors attached to one brick affect the ...
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Serial tower RCX 1.0 works with NQC but flakey with RIS 2.0

Had this baby for 20 years at this point. Some rubber rot on the cables, but other than that, the set's in great shape. RCX 1.0 with DC-in port. Serial tower. Fresh batteries in tower and RCX. I ...
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EV3 does not react to Bluetooth commands 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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How to flash a LEGO Mindstorms brick and program it in another language

I have a basic LEGO Mindstorms kit which I wanted to use for testing a very simple object-avoidance project. I am trying to find a relatively simple way to flash the brick and upload scripts to it ...
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EV3 Unregulated Motor - different plus/minus power behavior

I'm helping some fellow Bay Area LEGO User Group builders who want to use an EV3 to power a 9V train. I'm using the NXT to 9V conversion cable (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=...
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Angular resolution of NXT motor

I am sure that I read somewhere that the resolution of the motor sensor was 2 degrees, but I can find no mention of this in the NXT Help file. What's more, the motor control block allows the Duration ...
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How to use the ultrasonic sensor on mindstorm NXT

I've been struggling for some time on this. I'm trying to code the robot to move when the distance is above a certain integer and stop when the distance becomes lower than the certain integer. I'm ...
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Power Function Converter Cable for LEGO MINDSTORMS

This is a follow up to this question: How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3? The question was asked in 2013 (5 years ago). Fast forward to 2018, the product that was suggested in the answer ...
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Could not open serial port or USB device, RCX on Linux

I am trying to use my old RCX 2.0 set on Linux (Xubuntu). The problem is that when I try to download the (official) firmware into the RCX via the command: nqc -Susb:/dev/usb/legousbtower1 -firmware ./...
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The center “ok” button does not work on EV3 brick

My son has Lego Mindstorms EV3. The brick turns on when he pushes the center ok button, but he can't use it in the menu. What's the problem?