Lego Mindstorm NXT

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  1. BrianC

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    It seems that Lego have brought forward the release of their latest Lego Mindstorm range (the NXT) from the end of September to the 1st of September :thumbsup: When was the last time that any company actually brought forward a release date!

    For those who haven't come across the Lego Mindstorm range before its a Lego robotics kit that has all the customisation ability of Lego Technic combined with various motors and sensors that are linked to a central "smart" brick. The smart brick in the NXT range can be pre-programmed via the front panel or via USB or (most interestingly) via Bluetooth. With the Bluetooth option its even possible to control your robot via your mobile phone. The kit is that good even Microsoft's Robotics Studio have been using Lego MindStorm.

    I also see that the first book on the new Mindstorm range has been put up at Amazon, its a little pricey but I think its going to be essential for the average person to get the most out of the new kit.

    Lego has also announced that various accessory packs will be available after the launch. Currently it appears that only the existing parts are available to pre-order (extra servos would be in my first order) but the book mentioned above talks about camera, compass and GPRS accessories so some crazily complicated 'bots should be possible!

    Has anybody else pre-ordered this or been lucky enough to be part of the testing so far?

    Direct link to the new Mindstorm set in the UK Lego Shop:
    http://shop.lego.com/product.asp?p=B8527&cn=55&d=11&t=5

    Lego Mindstorm's home page:
    http://mindstorms.lego.com/

    and a rather nice article from Wired about the upcoming set:
    http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,...ory_page_prev2

    Lego Mindstorm at Gizmondo:
    http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/mindstorms/
     
  2. Gadget Daddy

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    looks cool, although expensive :(

    Pete
     
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    I can remember when Lego was Lego.....and there wasn't so many unique parts in each box.
     
  4. BrianC

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    It is pricey, but Lego has never been cheap (due to the tolerances that the bricks are made to) but you are getting a lot of components for your money. I think the only part I can point to where they have scrimped on is the amount of memory in the main unit (256 kb).
     
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    Got one of these for crimbo. It's not bad, but the computer programming interface is a bit buggy and certainly lacks instant gratification unlike sticking a game into a shiny new console or similar.

    I've made all the test robots and had a search online but there isnt millions of websites with designs and programs for lazy people, can anyone suggest anywhere they've found? Currently i've remade the Tribot but swapped out the claws for the scorpion stinger so i can attack the Mrs and the cat better :devil:

    Some websites:

    http://www.thenxtstep.blogspot.com/ - got some nice designs, but most need extra parts. Not super-user friendly.
    http://www.nxtclub.com/ - somewhat patchy and not lots of content.
    http://mynxt.matthiaspaulscholz.eu/ - a few designs, quite analytical this guy.

    EDIT: this one too: http://nxtasy.org/
     

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