Which Bluetooth dongles are supported for use with the MINDSTORMS NXT?
The bluetooth dongle from the official LEGO [email protected] site and any bluetooth dongle comprised of a Cambridge Silicone Radio (CSR) chipset should work with minimal issues.
For a more specific list of NXT compatible Bluetooth dongles, check out this list compiled by the contributers and readers of the NXTStep (don't forget to contact them if you have any extra information to add!) :
http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ... ience.html
Can I control my NXT with my mobile phone?
Yes, using Bluetooth there are multiple options to achieve this depending on what type of mobile phone you have:
- Official MINDdroid
Nokia (Symbian) (check to see if your phone supports JSR-82)
- (See Other)
Other (Java based) (check to see if your phone supports JSR-82)
- Official MINDSTORMS Phone App
PocketPC (Windows Mobile OS)
Can I control my NXT with my PC?
Yes, using either:
* NXT-G 2.0 Remote Control
* BrixCC Remote/Joystick
Can I control my PC with my NXT?
Yes, see NXTender
Can I control my NXT with my Wii Remote?
Yes, see this example
Can I control my NXT over a network?
Yes - See HERE for an example.
What kind of sensors exists?
Third Party sensors will always be developed as time goes on, so there is no point in trying to list them all. Instead, check out the webpages of third party MINDSTORMS hardware producers (see â€œWhere can I buy other sensors?â€) or search for the type of sensor you are looking for using your favorite search engine.
Where can I buy other sensors?
* Dexter Industries
* Codatex (RFID)
How can I expand the number of ports my NXT brick has?
â€“NXT Motor Multiplexor http://www.mindsensors.com/index.php?mo ... AGE_id=134
â€“ Touch Sensor Multiplexor: http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commer ... ey=NTX1060
- Sensor Multiplexor: http://www.hitechnic.com/cgi-bin/commer ... ey=NSX2020
- MINDSENSORS Touch: http://www.mindsensors.com/index.php?mo ... AGE_id=135
- MINDSENSORS Digital:
Can I make my own custom sensors?
Yes, many people in NXT community have created their own sensors for use with the NXT.
If you are inexperienced at creating custom sensors you should have a look at the Hitechnic Experimenters Kit
If you are looking for schematics for homebrew sensors, check out:
Does the NXT have GPS capabilities
Not out of the box, however you can purchase a dGPS Sensor from Dexter Industries
Does the NXT have IR capabilities?
Not out of the box, however you can purchase the HiTechinc IRLink to add this feature to the NXT. If you are looking for an IR Seeking sensor, check out the HiTechnic IR Seeker.
Does the NXT have WiFi?
No, however it is possible to create a WiFi sensor of sorts:
http://www.bartneck.de/wp-content/uploa ... _small.pdf
Can I use PowerFunctions (PF) parts with my NXT?
Yes, there are two ways to do this:
1) Using the HiTechnic IRLink
2) By making your own cable
Can I control an RCX using my NXT?
Can I use other LEGO motors with my NXT?
Yes, see HERE
What is the difference between Sensor X and Sensor Y?
Color Sensors: LEGO versus HiTechnic
What are the differences between a NXT motor and motor 'Y'?
See here for motor comparisons
Where can I find NXT building instructions?
There are loads of building instructions for the MINDSTORMS NXT to be found from both Official and MINDDSTORMS community member's webpages, and I have only listed a few (in no particular order - they are all great!):
Official MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Bonus Models
Official MINDSTORMS NXT 1.0 Models
Official MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Models
Damien Kee's Site
NXTPrograms (Dave Parker)
Laurens Valk's MINDSTORMS
Daniele Benedettelli's NXT robotics
Philippe E. Hurbain's MINDSTORMS Site
Matthias Paul Scholz's MINDSTORMS Site
Xander's MINDSTORMS Blog
TeamHassenplug (Steve Hassenplug)
Catalogue of NXTasy Projects Repository
http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/commun ... fault.aspx
How do I create building instructions for my creation?
By using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software such as:
LDD (LEGO Digital Designer)
MLCAD tutorial for NXT
http://nxtblog.davidjperdue.com/2008/01 ... xt-robots/
MLCad versus LeoCAD
- Each part is treated individually and not 'before' or 'after' another part.
- has its own native file format
- Animation support
LDD versus MLCAD?
MLCAD needs an external renderer (POVRay) and Building Instructions generator (LPub)
LDD's colors are identified with their official LEGO ID numbers
LDD has semi-automatic brick alignment (which also stops the illegal placement of bricks)
MLCAD has a lot more functionality, and is developed by the community so is constantly updated
LDD can import MLCAD files using Compatability Mode
More parts in LDD? (LEGO Universe Hack)
See http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.p ... opic=40794
Where can I find all of the CAD parts for the NXT kit?
Unofficial Ldraw NXT parts (Also explains how to use Stone Gray colors)
Unofficial Leocad NXT parts
What is the difference between NXT-G 1.0, 1 .1 and NXT-G 2.0?
NXT-G 2.0 is the latest version of the programming software shipped with your MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit, and has the following extra features:
- LEGO Colour Sensor Block
- Initate Bluetooth Block
- Remote Control
- Sound Editor
- Image Editor
- Use of Floating Point Mathematics
Dave Parker has created a great MyBlocks Tutorial, found on his website nxtprograms.com
Change MyBlocks images: See HERE
What languages can I use to create NXT programs and what are the pros/cons of each?
How do I install BricxCC/where can I learn more about BricxCC?
doc-helmut has created a great post covering how to install BricxCC and how where to find NXC tutorials here.
What are the differences between the NXT 1.0, 2.0 and Education NXT sets?
Where can I find a good tutorial for the NXT?
A great place to start with the NXT if you need help with the NXT-G programming language is this site:
What kinds of gearing can I use in my NXT creations?
Gear ratios http://www.teamhassenplug.org/NXT/Gears/
Gearing Calculator: http://sariel.pl/tools/ratios/
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