January 05, 2006
Wow! Lego Mindstorms NXT
I was wrong. Lego is investing in Mindstorms with a vengeance. Awesomeness is here to stay.
Today at CES in Las Vegas, Lego will be demonstrating a new version of Mindstorms called "NXT" centered around an all-new programmable brick to replace the RCX. Some features, links, pictures, and a video...
Okay, here's the rundown:
The only catch: you'll have to wait until August 2006 to get one.
Now the question is, will the same sort of developer community sprout up around the NXT as around the fabulous RCX? I remember that NQC showed up in what seemed like no time at all. What processor is inside the NXT? What will the battery life be like?
I wonder how much compatibility there will be with old mindstorms parts, motors, and sensors. Can you use the NXT to control a Lego Train? What add-on parts will there be? Let's watch and see.
They've got an official blog about the NXT, written by Jeff James: nxtbot.com.
Update: Just a few minutes ago (4AM on the east coast - what am I doing up?), they've posted a new form on the Mindstorms community website allowing people to sign up to be beta testers and seed community members for the NXT.
I've sent in my application... I promise that if I get picked, I'll post lots more about it here.
More links. Peter Holm, member of the Mindstorms team comes out of the closet, describing the design process as "a blast, a struggle, a once in a lifetime experience."
And LUGNET discusses it too, of course.
Naturally, Gizmodo has some pictures of the NXT from CES.
The NXT has made its appearance on Lego Shop@Home as kit #8527.
And Wired has a great article on the development of the NXT. It's going to be the cover story in February.
Mike Rayhawk, a designer for Lego, talks about the Wired article and Lego's relationship with adult fans; Mike tips his hat to Jake's community efforts and notices that "the company has changed so dramatically since I was first picked up back in 2002".
An educational version is also in the works.
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