RCX has 3 motor and 3 sensor ports. NXT has 3 motor and 4 sensor
The NXT has encoders integrated in its motors so that they can be used as servos. On the RCX you would need an additional rotation sensor on a sensor port to do that.
RCX uses regular 9V connectors (2x2 with metal in studs). NXT uses RJ12 connectors with the latch offset to one side.
LEGO used to sell Converter Cables for Mindstorms NXT at a price of £8.99 / US$9.99 for 3 cables at their online shop, they can still be bought online from stores like Bricklink.
Considering the price of each cable converter it may be worth purchasing newer sensors/motors that are more advanced. The NXT system cables are separate from sensors and motors and ...
The older RCX 1.0 had a power plug inbuilt. However Philo has shown how to create one yourself in a fairly simple way:
LEGO® 9V Technic Motors compared characteristics, scroll down to the section "Getting maximum mechanical power from RCX output" towards the bottom of the page.
The idea is to create two fake batteries and draw a wire from each, creating a +...
Yes, you can use all RCX sensors and motors with a NXT brick. Don't forget about lamps, too.
The connections are different though, so as Ambo100 says, you will need converter cables. However, if you don't want to pay the full price for them, you can also make some yourself which isn't really that difficult.
The other thing you need to consider is how to ...
The cables you point out are newer Power Function cables and are ill-suited for 9V usage such as with the original Mindstorms kits. Technically, you could daisy-chain two of them and it would work, but that's probably not the best solution.
Here is a bigger illustration of the cable, courtesy Philo:
You can clearly see that only one end of the cable has a ...
Take a look at SR 3D Builder. I have not used this software myself but it looks like it may do what you need. It's free (for non-commercial use) and you can import your LDraw files.
Here is a link to some videos on YouTube
See below for the features list (taken from the website)
NEW Support for Piston - Rod mechanism
NEW Support for Linear Actuators and ...
I have the RCX IR tower setup and working on my Windows 7 laptop.
I downloaded the drivers from the ROBOTC.net site here (labeled 'RCX Device driver')
Direct file download link
Note: I am running Windows 7 32-bit, according to the ROBOTC site, this driver is 32.bit only and
No known 64-bit driver is available for the RCX.
The hardware of RCX 2.0 is identical to 1.5, and the only difference between these two and version 1.0 is the charging port which had been removed. So they're compatible and you can indeed use a newer firmware on an older brick.
You'll need the Mindstorms 2.5 SDK, which contains the latest official firmware. It's probably not on the LEGO site any more, but ...
The NXT can, with the use of an adapter cable, use the RCX sensors and motors, however the RCX can not use the NXT sensors and motors.
The NXT brick, motors and sensors are larger than the RCX counterparts which makes them harder to implement into a size constrained construction. However as said, you can use the RCX motors/sensors instead with the NXT brick ...
Your code handling the behaviours like "Shoot 3 times if the touch sensor is triggered" or "Shoot if the light sensor is triggered" should use 'if' statements.
Then, instead of always being called, the "shooting" code would append only on sensor events. After shooting, the robot would then go back to the "Driving around" part of the code.
This page is a ...
Buy a USB to Serial adapter. There are USB IR Towers, but the drivers are only for older version of Windows. A new USB/Serial adapter, on the other hand, should be compatible with Windows 10 (Windows 10 requires signed drivers, so do your homework before buying).
Use 3rd party software. For example, Brickx Command Center and leJOS are compatible with RCX and ...
No, the standard NXT-G software provided by LEGO will not allow you to program a RCX brick.
Outside of official software, your best bet is probably to use NQC which is C-like; there's also NXC for the NXT which is similar.
There are a lot of others which have been discussed in the following questions: Is there any other way to program the Lego Mindstorms ...
Communication with the RCX Brick was via the Infra Red tower (or IR Remote Control) which connected to the computer with either a serial or USB cable.
As neither iPhone nor iPad have an IR port, there's no way to connect directly between the two.
You might be able to do something with a docked iOs device, but that strikes me as somewhat pointless.
I've found a seemingly broken website, but from the sources I was able to salvage these addresses, they work just fine (as far as the download goes, I did not check the contents):
http://www.brickfactory.info/iso/files/9731_lego_vision_command_xp.zip -> German version
Vision Command ...
About 8 to 10 years ago there was more RCX-compatible sensors makers on the web. Today, I don't think we'll find them unless we dig into the Internet Archive.
It looks like Techno-Stuff is still making some RCX-compatible components. Also, Mindsensors was making RCX-compatible components also but I couldn't find links to them through their website main ...
I think you're overlooking a very simple yet elegant solution: connect a NXT motor to the motor port (no problem there, that's what it's for), connect a RCX rotation sensor to the RCX (again, the intended purpose), and by now you should pretty much know where I'm going with this: connect the rotation sensor mechanically to the NXT motor.
Considering the NXT ...
As it just so happens, I'm physically in possession of an English Vision Command CD. I've uploaded the iso here:
I didn't upload and post it in that other question you mentioned since I wasn't aware none of the Vision Command ones were English, but I've also updated the answer in that other question with this link ...
Edit to update: It looks like the NXT version of RDS only really supports the "Tribot", and has partial support for the "ShooterBot", but does not have a simulation of it.
I know the original Microsoft Robotics Studio supported building robots using the RCX bricks - although the latest version has been upgraded to NXT and it has simulation tools too for ...
As far as I remember, the protocol LEGO uses is incompatible with standard IR protocols used in PCs (not even the same frequency, if I remember correctly).
The NQC FAQ has some more explanation on why it's not possible, but their short explanation says it all:
Quite simply, these protocols are incompatable. (sic)
You may have some success using a NXT ...
You could try with NQC. By default it supports the Serial Tower and you can specify if you are using a USB Tower with -Susb . It works on Windows, Linux and Mac.
The man page (documentation) can be found here or the in pdf format here.
This did the trick for me. My situation mirrors the original poster.
There are 4 parts to this. BrickControlCenter (brickcc), a driver for the IR tower, an image of the firmware and some other piece of software called the NCQ.
I did not install the driver since I was using a USB ...
RCX was a surpise hit. For NXT, TLG approached a select set of individuals in the community and picked their brains.
The NXT is very open; schematics are available for sensors, 3rd-party sensors are available, etc.
Unfortunately, you cannot use the LEGO 8528 (NXT to RCX adapter) cable with sensors on the EV3. You can use it with motors though.
This is because the adapter cable only connects to pins 1 and 2 on the MINDSTORMS (RJ12) connector. On the NXT input (sensor) ports, pin 2 is GND.
On the EV3, however, pin 2 on the input port is no longer GND. It is used to ...
There are a few hurdles to jump through.
For the IR tower, you need one of the following:
Infrared Transmitter with USB Cable (cheaper BrickLink listings on the part page) (uses USB instead of 9-pin).
A USB-to-9-pin adapter with a compatible driver (might be hard to find at this point?).
A 32-bit system to run the software on. If you don't have such a ...
Honestly... it was WAY easier for us to find a computer on eBay! We bought an IBM ThinkPad with Windows 2000 installed on it. We won the auction with a bid of $28 and with shipping it was the best $40 I've spent on eBay! The laptop fired right up, we inserted the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System disc, and voila! It installed quickly and easily. ...
Modern hardware/driver support for the RIS is limited, but it's definitely possible to get it working again.
The main obstacle is transmitting programs to the Lego RCX brick. The RIS 2.0 came with a USB IR Tower, but the driver does not work on 64-bit Windows. There is also a Serial-port IR Tower available, which works perfectly if you have a 9-pin serial-...
If you'd rather not cut off the ends off two batteries and jury-rig in rods of hot melting glue to act as spacers, and instead have access to a 3D printer, take a look at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:122810 :-)