Sunday, April 02, 2006

Johnny 5, is Alive!

The new Mindstorms NXT looks nowt like 2.0 and isn't backward compatible.

We can still program our bots from our PCs, but everything else about the experience has been changed. The centerpiece of the new Mindstorms kit is now the RCX brick, which acts as the robot's 'brain'. In short, it receives input from a variety of sponny new sensors and sends instructions to the assorted motors, breathing life into my USB/PDA powered puppet minions.

The new brain has a 32-bit processor - a huge upgrade over the old 8-bit processor - allowing your mini NXT mecha to perform more-complex tasks than their predecessors (like ambling along with a 'near-human' gait or reacting to voice commands). The 'SpongeBob SquarePants' chunky yellow brick iis a thing of the past, surpassed by that swish gray iPod/first-gen Gameboy look. Importantly, the programming language has also been revamped, as they now have the sensors, motors, and I/O ports. As a result, Mindstorms NXT robots look and act far more realistic than their predecessors.

Us lowly peasents in the UK are gonna to have to wait 'till the 15th of September. But you can pre-order now to avoid disapointment.

"The Lego becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th."

As soon as thet cheque clears for the boat, I'm 'avin' one.

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