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N9IWP
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Icon 6 posted January 06, 2006 05:57      Profile for N9IWP     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
www.mindstorms.com/press

really long URL:
http://mindstorms.lego.com/press/Whats%20NXT%20LEGO%20Group%20Unveils%20LEGO%20MINDSTORMS%20NXT%20Robotics%20Toolset%20at%20Consumer%20Electronics%20Show.aspx

Wired article:
http://wired.com/news/technology/0,69946-0.html?tw=wn_story_page_prev2

Pluses:
Rotation sensors in the motors
Bluetooth
Ultrasonic sensor
Programming model based on LabView (Mac compatible!)

Minuses:
No AC power adapter
not backwards compatible
not sure I like the new sensors

Apply to be a tester here:
http://mindstorms.lego.com/community/default.aspx

Brian
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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2006 07:18      Profile for sancho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It would be nice if they would add a more powerful, higher torque, motor. The motor goes fast enough, but I can't get it to launch projectiles with any real force.

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Actually in general torque is inversly proportional to speed. The mindstorms motors are higher tirqu but lower speed that the old technic 4.5 motor. As for projectiles, have you seen this?

http://www.philohome.com/hammerhead/hammerhead.htm

Brian

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Finally, a device that allows acceptable use for AOL subscription CD's! I like it. Lego Mindstorms are suprisingly versatile. If you have the means, definitely pick up a set. My Sumovore kit mini-sumo uses an Atmel atmega8 uC programmed in assembly but it can really only be a SUMO. Mindstorms can get you a beer, arm wrestle and usefully apply AOL CD's to hard objects.

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