Smarter, stronger and more intuitive than ever, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is a robotics toolset that provides endless opportunities for robotics enthusiasts and LEGO builders ages 10 and older to build and program robots that do what they want. A new “Quick Start” option makes it easy to successfully build and program a robot in 30 minutes.
The heart of the new system is the NXT brick, an autonomous 32-bit LEGO microprocessor that can be programmed using a PC, or for the first time in the retail offering, a Mac. After building their robots, users create a program within easy-to-use yet feature-rich software, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments.
All-New NXT Intelligent Brick
• The “brain” of the robot, featuring powerful 32-bit microprocessor, more memory programming
• 4 input ports / 3 output ports and 7 6-wire cords
• Matrix display, real sound speaker
• USB 2.0 and Bluetooth®
3 Interactive Servo Motors
• Bring robotics creations to life
• Built-in rotation sensor measures one degree steps for precise movement
• New Ultrasonic Sensor: the “eyes” of the robot measure distance, movements and detects objects
• New Sound Sensor: the “ears” of the robot, allowing creations to react to sound commands and patterns, as well as recognize tones
• Improved Touch Sensor: the “fingers” of the robots, reacting to touch or release
• Improved Light Sensor: detects different colors and light intensity
All-New Programming Software
• Easy-to-use PC and Mac compatible software interface, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments
• Intuitive, icon-based drag and drop environment for “building” programs
• 18 robot challenges with step-by-step building instructions to acclimate beginners to the process of building and programming robots and inspire older users
• Streamlined, highly versatile collection of 519 LEGO TECHNIC elements for easy, more stable building with improved functionality and movement capabilities
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT will be available at most toy and discount merchandise retailers, select consumer electronics retailers or online at http://www.LEGOshop.com in August 2006, at a suggested retail price of US$249.99. A special version for school and institutional use is also releasing later this year.
More info here: http://mindstorms.lego.com/
[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Microsoft Free” for the heads up.]
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