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LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0

November 28, 2009

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This toy combines the Lego building system, an intelligent brick that has a 32-bit microprocessor that serves as the robot’s brain, 3 interactive Servo motors that make the robots move and walk, 1 touch sensor, 1 color sensor, 1 combination light sensor and lamp, 1 ultrasonic sensor for the robot’s “sight”, and the programming software for your computer to help you create really awesome robots. The new color sensor works three different ways. It can distinguish colors, distinguish light settings, and is also a lamp.

The toolkit with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 contains everything you will need to build and program your first robot in 30 minutes or less. Pre-programmed or finished programs are already on the software to help you out. With 619 pieces in this kit there are limitless possibilities to create numerous robotic inventions. It should be noted that the 6 AA batteries required to make your robots function are not included. Also to help you get started there are free project instructions available on the Mindstorms website. You will get inspired by the thousands of examples of fan-built projects listed there.

This kids toys features sturdy and durable building materials with improved movement. There are 4 input ports, 3 output ports, 7 6-wire cords, a Matrix display, Piezo speakers, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support, and PC and Mac compatible programming software. The software requirements are Windows XP (SP2 or newer), Vista (SP1 or newer), and Mac Apple MacOS X v10.4 or 10.5. The software is easy to use. It is icon-based and has drag-and-drop programming. Another neat aspect is that project files can be shared with others.

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The software includes 16 building and programming challenges and instructions for building four robots: Alpha Rex, Color Sorter, RoboGator, and ShooterBot.

  • Alpha Rex is a humanoid robot that walks, talks, can turn and dance, can see, and is able to avoid obstructions. It is able to distinguish different colors and grasp objects.
  • The Color Sorter is a machine robot that uses the new color sensor to sort balls and put all the same colors balls into its rotating bin. It can also have a robotic arm that can catapult the balls in different directions.
  • The RoboGator is an animal robot that moves and resembles an alligator. It actually jumps forward if anything comes near it.
  • The ShooterBot is a vehicle robot that can move and protect your room by shooting balls at intruders who enter your room and for competition.

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 allows you to create the strongest and smartest programmable robots. You are able to integrate a computer program and your Lego building abilities to make a new creation. When you are done with this creation you can move on to another creation. The possibilities are mind boggling. You can rebuild and reprogram as many robots as your mind can create. You use the software to program the robots and in the process you are challenged to learn more about how to program them.

Your child’s Christmas toys 2009 wish list will more than likely include this awesome toy. In fact, you might want to consider putting it on your Christmas list this year too. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is just a cool kit that will keep your child busy for hours, maybe weeks!

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Great description of Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotic toy.

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The ‘wanna be’ Miniball – BEAM robot by Solarbotics

November 28, 2009

This funny little robot ball is not a toy for dark snowy winter day. But if you got a lot of sun rays ( or may be you own a sun yourself ) this would be an interesting robotic toy. A solar powered robot is trapped inside a transparent ball. When the sun ray hit the solar panel, the robot comes alive. Its pretty much different with dracula monster. Even you can make your own. Enjoy the video.