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Hacking Your LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Kit by John Baichtal

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3. Hacking LEGO I: Connections

Mindstorms’ components consist of modules linked together. The motors connect to the Intelligent Brick but not directly—they use wires to link the power and data of both modules together. Those linkages are themselves fascinating. This chapter explores what’s up with those Mindstorms wires and demonstrates how to hack them into different configurations. Then, I describe some of the common methods Mindstorms hackers employ to control and connect components without using wires.

Mindstorms Wires Explained

Let’s begin by exploring all the nitty-gritty details of the standard Mindstorms wire. LEGO uses semiproprietary wires in its Mindstorms variants. I call them semiproprietary because they’re just a standard configuration ...

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