LEGO 8547: Mindstorms NXT 2.0: Robot
- A LEGO Robot that's durable and easy to build
- With inituitive drag-and-drop programming software
- Sound and colour sensors to bring your robot to life
- Programmable and compatible with Windows and Macintosh computers
- Requires 6 x AA batteries (not included)
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LEGO Mindstorms NXT features a host of customisable programming options, with lots of great technology including a colour sensor. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then tens of thousands of other robotic inventions that do what you want. The intelligent NXT LEGO brick features a 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, four input and three output ports, and a Bluetooth and USB communication link. It is powered by three interactive servo motors and features four sensors: ultrasonic, touch (two), and colour. The colour sensor has triple functionality, distinguishing colours and light settings, and functioning as a lamp. The easy-to-use software (for PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming and 16 fun building and programming challenges makes it easy for anyone to program their robot, and the 612 LEGO pieces comprise everything you need for building great models. Building instructions for the four amazing robots are included on the software CD.
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He is not disappointed.
The brilliant thing about the Lego Robot is how it is designed to grow with you. The programming language is very visual and straightforward meaning that a ten-year old can do it himself. It's great at teaching logic and it reminds me of programming my old ZX81!
Delve a little deeper and there is some really complex robotic functionality here, which is currently beyond him, but he will learn it over time.
The motors, sensors and construction all appear to be at the usual high lego standard.
Overall this is a great toy that is both highly educational and huge fun.
It would have got five stars except for:
1. It has a small memory which cannot be expanded using SD cards. This means that the number of images or sounds you can include in your programs is limited. With memory being so cheap this is pretty poor on a product costing this amount.
2. It eats AA batteries. Again, at this price I would have expected a durable Li-on rechargeable battery.
3. The Alpha Rex model, the humanoid robot you see in the pictures above, has a fault in it's design meaning that once you've built it the arms won't move. There are lots of fixes on the internet, but again, at this price band, this sort of error is unforgivable.
Fun: 5/5 - Could something be funnier than designing, building and programming a robot?
Educational: 5/5 - As stated above, this is about designing, building and programming robots.
Durable: 5/5 I've got it a couple weeks ago, but in my 15 years of existence I haven't seen a single broken lego in my house.
Overall: 5/5 Ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about THE PERFECT TOY here.
Little kids: If your kids play with LEGO, they can also program a Mindstorm. Period.
Teenagers: As in my case, the perfect bridge to start learning a real programming language.
Adults: If you already know a programming language, this is going to be the best purchase of your life.
Teachers: Spread the word of LEGO Mindstorms to your pupils. They'll thank you.
If I had the money, I would buy thousands of these. Thousands.
Mindstorms 2.0 is slightly different from the original. Included now are two sets of tracks as well as four rubber tires and there are now two touch sensors and an RGB sensor instead of one touch, one light and one sound sensor. The microcontroller is still the same so if you have more than one mindstorms the possibilty of interchanging sensors os possible.
I work for a space agency in Europe and we bought two of these Mindstorms 2.0 to begin basic development of robotic systems for use in several projects. When they arrived two weeks ago they generated a lot of interest at the institute at all levels and my first demonstration to my peers garnered a lot of positive feedback and many more questions about their capabilities. As well as being relatively cheap they are quick to build, adapt, programme and develop and we can then transfer our ideas to larger more robust designs later. Mindstorms are an integral part of some educational institutions robotic design workshops and so you can be assured that one of these kits bought for a 7 year-old will still be well-used 20 years later!Read more ›
I paid 206 Euro for the set, including shipping which is almost 100 Euro cheaper than stores in BE or NL (thank you British pound!). The only difference is the manual language but the software is in Dutch so no issues there (and you can download a Dutch manual from the Lego website).
I'm writing this review just after finishing the Shooter Bot (with Ultrasonic sensor attached). The Robogator is next on the todo list.
- great building fun: my daughter loves to build Lego stuff and building with Technics is not a hurdle (smaller pieces can be difficult but daddy loves to help)
- great reward: after a project has been build I'll assist her in the programming as larger programs tend to bore her quickly (I guess 8 is a bit too young for NXT-G). Nevertheless she wants to understand how everything works and after the robot comes to life she loves to play and test the robot.
- ease of use of NXT-G programming software. Sure you can go to an advanced level but for now everything works first time around
- Bluetooth (BT) included: this works way better than the USB cable as you can download software or control your robot where-ever you are (max. 8-10 m away). Be sure to have a PC/laptop with BT included or buy a BT dongle (+/- 10 Euro).
- long-term life of the product: I expect my daughter to play with this for another 5-6 years and the new books coming out for this set (on Amazon) promise even more fun and robots to build.
- large community: countless forums and websites devoted to Mindstorms and, as the 2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very well priced and a good game for all those who like to programmePublished 9 months ago by mary anne debono
Interesting for a while, but the the lack of sensors and inputs on the controller become a limiting factor in the designs you want to create, so I kind of lost interest a little... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Small Fry
Excellent seller, Item as described, Fast delivery, Highly recommended, 5 Stars.Published 21 months ago by MR R R CRAWFORD
The set is really incredible entry into the world of basic robotics, my 4 years old kid also love it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nikolay Yotov
Purchased this for my brother who wanted it for his xmas pressie. It was what it said on the box, lego.Published on 29 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
Fast dispatch good price will still play with it for years to come.
I recommend it to others.
7 mo-re word -s re - quired. :)