Lego Mindstorm NXT Robotics Kit

I got this as a birthday present, definitely has a lot of potential as an Educational platform. The most interesting part for me is that you can create a humanoid robot from it, and be able to control the robot using bluetoothe devices. Quite easy to assemble (I have gone through the first task of building a 4-wheel mobile robot in 2 hours), and the pieces are extreme rugged and can withstand a lot abuse. :) Now, let’s check out what it can do, and what people around the world has been doing with it.

Source: Wikipedia
Lego MindStorm NXT Robotics Kit

The next product in the Mindstorms series is Mindstorms NXT, released in July 2006. The kit includes three servo motors, a touch sensor, a light sensor (now with the ability to differentiate between colours based on greyscale readings), a new sound sensor, an ultrasonic sensor and a new NXT ‘Intelligent Brick’. The kit is sold for $249 USD

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YouTube link to: Lego MindStorm NXT Robotics Kit Demos

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NXT Brick

  • 32-bit ARM7 main microprocessor
  • 256 KiB flash memory
  • 64 KiB RAM
  • 60×100 pixel LCD matrix display
  • Can be programmed using a PC or Mac
  • Users create a program with new software, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments
  • A single USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity, to transfer programs to the NXT wirelessly or offer ways to control
  • robots remotely (mobile phones and possibly by PDA’s)
  • Digital Wire Interface, allowing for third-party development of external devices

Parts

  • 519 LEGO Technic parts (and Bionicle parts, including Visorak pincers)
  • Three servo motors, with built-in rotation sensors, and feedback for precise control
  • Ultrasonic distance and movement sensor
  • Sound sensor, with sound pattern and tone recognition
  • Light sensor, detecting different colors and light intensity
  • Touch sensor (press/release/bump detection)

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