Lego Mindstorms - Technic Control Center

Technic Control Center

The Lego Technic control center (1990) was the first programmable standalone Lego product, by the sense of being able to store sequence-based programs and run them. It featured three output ports and manual control, and it was only capable of storing linear sequences of manual input plus timing information. It could store up to two programs at once.

The manual controls could be used to independently control the three motors. To record a program; the controller had to be put in programming mode, and then any manual cotrol would be recorded to the program. Pauses could also be included in a program. When the recording was done, the controller could successfully recall and execute any manual action done during the recording. The executing program could be set to loop infinitely.

Compared to the later programmable controllers, the Technic control center is extremely simple and can only barely be called programmable.

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