January 28, 2006
NXT Education Version!
More Mindstorms NXT news. Lego's educational version of the NXT is going to have a bunch of interesting features that go beyond the orindary consumer product...
Legoeducation.com has started a blog where they have answered several questions about the Education NXT. The school-oriented version of the NXT is going to include:
The converter cables are pretty welcome - you'll probably be able to control standard LEGO motors or trains.
In the description of the education NXT, it's noted that the NXT brick includes a built-in rotation sensor - is this in addition to the four inputs? Maybe they mean that you can read rotation values off the motors.
One item that has been available from the education site for the old RCX was the remote control. It was indispensable, but the fact that the NXT doesn't have IR support suggests that they might not do a remote for it. But perhaps one is possible using bluetooth, or using a wired connection. I hope they offer a remote control for the NXT - it is incredibly valuable to be able to test what you've built without having to fool with a computer.
They do say they will be offering Technology Resource Kits for the NXT. And they also promise a new educational software package, scheduled for 2007.
The Education NXT should be available the same time as the regular NXT, in August of this year. Pricing is supposed to be announced February 1.Posted by David at January 28, 2006 08:39 PM
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