Mindstorms NXT

Mindstorms NXT

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LEGO's Mindstorms NXT is 577 pieces of the LEGO goodness that you grew up with, but it's now designed for digitally influenced imaginations.
Mindstorms NXT is a robot-building kit. You can build robots with arms, legs, claws, wheels, and more, but the core of the Mindstorms NXT kit is the Intelligent Brick, which holds programs that are used to make your robot perform. The Brick has connectors so you can attach robot parts to it, four sensors (light, sound, touch, and ultrasonic) to help your robot react, and three servomotors for movement.


The kit says it's for kids 10 years old and older, but what makes Mindstorms NXT feel like a toy for grown-ups its software, which you use to program the robot actions. It's not kids' software, so don't expect cartoony icons and graphics or friendly characters that provide help - your kid will be helpless if you just plop him or her in from of the app. It takes some time to learn the software, but it does come with plenty of preprogrammed actions so you can get some satisfaction while you're learning. You upload the robot actions by connecting the Brick to your Mac via USB. Running the actions on the robot simply takes a few pushes of the Brick's buttons - the Brick has a LCD with intuitive labeled icons.


However, we found the greatest pleasure in constructing our robot - it's so satisfying to figure out which pieces to use, snap the LEGO pieces together, and watch your creation take shape. You can improvise, plan your own, or go to http://mindstorms.lego.com and use one of LEGO's building instructions. If you want to take your LEGO-ness to the next level, LEGO offers hardware and software development kits on its Web site.


The bottom line. Mindstorms NXT is the bridge between our newfound adolescent glee and our current tech lifestyle. Fun, fun, fun.


CONTACT: 800-453-4652, http://mindstorms.lego.com
PRICE: $249.99
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, USB, 300MB hard disk space,
LEGO goodness combined with simple robotics - what we always wanted as kids.
Pricey. Software has steep learning curve.





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I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…



Wow i like that. Try to find old LEgo and upgrade my iPod! Cool idea. HAVE IDEA have IKEA :))



I have a NXT. I think that they are great fun to use and have a lot of different robots that you can make.

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