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HiTechnic NXT IRLink Sensor

Control LEGO R/C trains and other motorized LEGO sets with the HiTechnic IRLink Sensor for the Mindstorms NXT. The IRLink uses Infrared signals to communicate with trains, Power Functions Motor controller and the Mindstorms RCX. Control the speed and direction of up to three LEGO R/C trains (7897 and 7898) and other sets including the new Technic Motorized Bulldozer (8275) and the Monster Dino (4958). The IRLink enables NXT programs to read values from RCX sensors and control motors connected to the RCX.
SKU: NIL1046
$54.95
$26.95

HiTechnic NXT IRLink Sensor for LEGO Mindstorms NXT

Introduction

The NXT IRLink Sensor allows communication between the NXT and other LEGO models that utilize infrared communications.

The new LEGO R/C trains and sets using Power Functions motors and controllers such as the Technic Bulldozer and the Monster Dino can all be easily controlled with the NXT using an IRLink. 

Programming

Mindstorms NXT-G

The IRLink Sensor can be programmed using LEGO Mindstorms NXT-G Software by importing one of the available IRLink Sensor Block.  There are three blocks available for the IRLink,

  • PF IRLink Block - Controls Power Functions motors with IR Control unit
  • Train IRLink Block - Controls LEGO R/C trains
  • RCX IRLink Block - Transmits commands to a Mindstorms RCX and receives RCX sensor readings 

PF IRLink Block

     

 The Power Functions IRLink Block allows you to select the channel (1 - 4) to match the channel selected on the Power Functions Controller.

Each motor may be controlled independently by setting the command to Stop, Forward or Reverse.

 

PF IRLink Block

    

The Train IRLink Block allows you to select the channel (1 - 3) to match the channel selected on the Train.

The train can be controlled by setting the command to Stop, Forward or Reverse.

 

RCX IRLink Block

The RCX Block allows communications between the NXT and the RCX.  An NXT program can send commands to the RCX to control the RCX motors, read RCX sensors among other functions.  More information is available in the RCX IRLink block help file.

 

Other Programming Environments

The IRLink can be programmed using any of the available programming languages including NXC, RobotC, and LabVIEW.

HiTechnic NXT IRLink Sensor for LEGO Mindstorms NXT

Introduction

The NXT IRLink Sensor allows communication between the NXT and other LEGO models that utilize infrared communications.

The new LEGO R/C trains and sets using Power Functions motors and controllers such as the Technic Bulldozer and the Monster Dino can all be easily controlled with the NXT using an IRLink. 

Programming

Mindstorms NXT-G

The IRLink Sensor can be programmed using LEGO Mindstorms NXT-G Software by importing one of the available IRLink Sensor Block.  There are three blocks available for the IRLink,

  • PF IRLink Block - Controls Power Functions motors with IR Control unit
  • Train IRLink Block - Controls LEGO R/C trains
  • RCX IRLink Block - Transmits commands to a Mindstorms RCX and receives RCX sensor readings 

PF IRLink Block

     

 The Power Functions IRLink Block allows you to select the channel (1 - 4) to match the channel selected on the Power Functions Controller.

Each motor may be controlled independently by setting the command to Stop, Forward or Reverse.

 

PF IRLink Block

    

The Train IRLink Block allows you to select the channel (1 - 3) to match the channel selected on the Train.

The train can be controlled by setting the command to Stop, Forward or Reverse.

 

RCX IRLink Block

The RCX Block allows communications between the NXT and the RCX.  An NXT program can send commands to the RCX to control the RCX motors, read RCX sensors among other functions.  More information is available in the RCX IRLink block help file.

 

Other Programming Environments

The IRLink can be programmed using any of the available programming languages including NXC, RobotC, and LabVIEW.

The RobotC driver suite supports HiTechnic products for RobotC 4.x and RobotC 3.x. Select the corresponding repository at the link below and download the zip file. 

https://github.com/botbench

HiTechnic IRLink IRBeacon Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
This block turns the HiTechnic IRLink into an Infrared Beacon. The IR signal produced by the IRLink can then be detected by the IRSeekerV2. Block can be used stand-along as a single block program or it can be used in a loop.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic IRLink IRBeacon Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 August 19th, 2011 122.32 KB Download Now
HiTechnic IRLink RCX Get Message
This block allows the IRLink to be used to receive RCX IR messages. The LEGO RCX sends messages as a number from 1 to 255; this block will return that number or 0 if there is no message. Also works with the three message buttons on the RCX remote.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic IRLink RCX Get Message 1.0 January 12th, 2012 255.98 KB Download Now
HiTechnic Power Functions IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
The Power Functions IRLink Sensor Block adds support for Power Functions motor control with the IRLink to the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Software. This block provides features enabling the NXT program to control PF motors.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic Power Functions IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 February 18th, 2009 158.34 KB Download Now
HiTechnic Power Functions Extended IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
The Power Functions Extended IRLink Sensor Block allows full speed and direction control for Power Functions motors with the IRLink. This block provides features enabling the NXT program to control PF motor speed, direction and brake or coast.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic Power Functions Extended IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 February 18th, 2009 206.58 KB Download Now
HiTechnic Power Functions Single IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
The Power Functions Single Output IRLink Sensor Block allows full speed and direction control for a Power Functions motor with the IRLink. This block provides features enabling the NXT program to control PF motor speed, direction and brake or coast.
Note:This block sends a PF command that is not subject to timeout by the PF controller. Once the motor is started, it will keep running until another command is sent to stop it.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic Power Functions Single IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 December 25th, 2010 242.23 KB Download Now
HiTechnic Train IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
The Train IRLink Sensor Block adds support for LEGO R/C Trains with the IRLink to the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Software. This block provides features enabling the NXT program to control up to three LEGO R/C trains at the same time.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic Train IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 February 18th, 2009 151.44 KB Download Now
HiTechnic RCX IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software
The RCX IRLink Sensor Block adds support for communications between the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the Mindstorms RCX. This block provides features enabling the NXT program to send commands to the RCX and read RCX sensors.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
NXTIcon HiTechnic RCX IRLink Sensor Block for Mindstorms NXT Software 1.0 February 18th, 2009 445.84 KB Download Now
HiTechnic IRLink IRBeacon VI for LabVIEW 2009
This vi turns the HiTechnic IRLink into an Infrared Beacon. The IR signal produced by the IRLink can then be detected by the IRSeekerV2. Block can be used stand-along as a single block program or it can be used in a loop. Also included is a demo program that uses the VI.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
LabView HiTechnic IRLink IRBeacon VI for LabVIEW 2009 1.0 November 10th, 2011 31.09 KB Download Now
IRLink Power Functions Single Ouptut VI For LV2009 and 2010
LabVIEW 2009 and 2010 VIs for sending a Power Functions Single Output command to a LEGO Power Functions motor receiver. The Single Output VI allows you to specify which PF channel, with of the two PF outputs, and the power level to use for that output. The Single Output command is not subject to timeout by the PF receiver. See the included readme.txt file for how to install the VI.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
LabView IRLink Power Functions Single Ouptut VI For LV2009 and 2010 1.0a January 2nd, 2012 63.77 KB Download Now
IRLink - LEGO R/C Train VI
LabVIEW VI to control LEGO R/C trains using the IRLink. This VI allows control of speed and direction.
Note: This vi is designed for LabVIEW 7.1 with NXT Toolkit.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
LabView IRLink - LEGO R/C Train VI 1.0 August 8th, 2009 33.46 KB Download Now
IRLink - Power Functions (Extended) VI
LabVIEW VI to control Power Functions motors using the IRLink. This VI allows control of PF motor speed and direction.
Note: This vi is designed for LabVIEW 7.1 with NXT Toolkit.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
LabView IRLink - Power Functions (Extended) VI 1.0 August 8th, 2009 56.25 KB Download Now
IRLink - RCX Communications
LabVIEW VI to communicate with the MINDSTORMS RCX using the IRLink.
Note: This vi is designed for LabVIEW 7.1 with NXT Toolkit.
  Description Version Release Date Size  
LabView IRLink - RCX Communications 1.0 August 8th, 2009 127.13 KB Download Now