The RCX is a Lego computer, capable of controlling a number of Technic Motors and respond to inputs from a number of sensors. It houses a MicroController, with software, interfaces and firmware designed for Lego and their MindStorms brand.
RCX is an acronym for the Robot Command eXplorer.
The version 1.0 RCX has lego part number 884u. You can find it on Bricklink
The RCX comes with the Robot Inventor Sets (RIS 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0), and is shipped with an IR communication tower and windows software. As of version 2.0 - the tower is USB, before this it used 9 pin serial communications.
There are also Lego DACTA sets including the RCX for use in classrooms.
The V1.0 came with an external 9v power jack, that was later ditched. I have seen this used with other kinds of battery packs - thus allowing the bottom panel to be empty. This can lead to better even distribution of weight and other advantages.
Further RCX Projects and info
- RCX Specifications
- Connecting the RCX with Manas
- Using external power sources with the RCX
- Powering external devices from the RCX
- Creating custom sensors for RCX
- Using the RCX with Stepper Motors
- Programming the RCX with NQC
- Programming with Mind Script
- RCX Alternatives
- Adapting Lego Connectors
- The RCX Mainboard
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If you have the RCX then this is a must for an absolute beginner. It will give you more to do when you are bored of the constructopedia.