Tuesday, March 28, 2006
U0303505 Pham Dang Khoa Introduction Smarter, stronger and more intuitive than ever, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is a robotics toolset that provides endless opportunities for armchair inventors, robotics fanatics and LEGO builders ages 10 and older to build and program robots that do what they want. Building upon the success of the globally-renowned Robotics Invention System, the next generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS makes it quicker and easier for robot creators to build and program a working robot in just 30 minutes. Simultaneously, new technologies and expanded sensor capabilities add a level of sophistication to excite and challenge more experienced robot creators. Technology The heart of the new system is the NXT brick, an autonomous 32-bit LEGO microprocessor that can be programmed using a PC, or for the first time in the retail offering, a Mac. After building their robots, users create a program within easy-to-use yet feature-rich software, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments. Downloading programs to an invention is easy. Users with Bluetooth®-enabled computer hardware can transfer their programs to the NXT wirelessly, or anyone can use the included USB 2.0 cable to connect their computer to the NXT for program transfer. The robot then takes on a life of its own, fully autonomous from the computer. The inclusion of Bluetooth technology also extends possibilities for controlling robots remotely, for example, from a mobile phone or PDA. It was demonstrated, for example, how with a Bluetooth phone, it could direct the movement of one of the robots. Then it was showed how the robot was programmed so that when it moved and bumped into something, it would send a signal to his phone directing it to snap a digital photograph Feature highlights • All-new NXT intelligent brick • 3 interactive servo motors feature inbuilt rotation sensors to align speed for precise control • New ultrasonic sensor makes robots see by responding to movement • New sound sensor enables robots to react to sound commands, including sound pattern and tone recognition • Improved light sensor detects different colors and light intensity • Improved touch sensor reacts to touch or release and allows robots to feel • 519 hand-selected, stylized elements from the LEGO TECHNIC® building system ensure robot creations will be sturdy and durable while also looking authentic • Opportunities for physical programming of robots and interaction with robots during programming • 18 building challenges with clear, step-by-step instructions help acclimate users to the new system to create robots ranging from humanoids and machinery to animals and vehicles • Digital wire interface allows for third-party developments • Further, the robots are Bluetooth-enabled, meaning they can be controlled by, and can control, any Bluetooth device. Application: kid’s toy Mindstorms NXT is said to be aimed at children 10 and older but it's that obvious Lego is hoping the toy will actually appeal to adults.
Posted by Edutainment at 3/28/2006 08:50:00 PM