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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|EU Toys Safety Directive Age Warning||Not suitable for children under 36 months||Not suitable for children under 10 years. For use under adult supervision||No warning applicable||No warning applicable||Not suitable for children under 3 years. For use under adult supervision||—|
|Is Assembly Required?||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Item Dimensions||48.01 x 9.4 x 37.8 cm||48.5 x 7.6 x 37.7 cm||54 x 9.1 x 28.2 cm||26.2 x 4.6 x 19.1 cm||30.89 x 15.6 x 42.52 cm||48.01 x 37.8 x 7.06 cm|
|Maximum Age Recommendation||600||36||144||144||600||600|
|Number of Units Included in Each of the Package Customer Receives||619||601||176||205||541||601|
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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.
Explanation of the programming language is weak, especially for the target audience, and parental help may be advisable. I find screen integration on the programming a little poor as well.
The good points- it is great, and you can make some really "shiny" stuff (I hate Cool", and love "Firefly"). As an adjunct to Technic Lego, which in itself is great stuff, this is brilliant, and if I consider the cost of a PLC, actuators, sensors and software with what I'd pay for professional stuff at work, then this does suddenly look like a bargain. Only Arduino or something similar could beat this on price, and at a big cost in labour. I have surrendered most of my Technic Lego to my son (I've kept the Helicopter and Floatplane, 'cos I'm mean), and we've had a lot of SHARED fun so far.
Don't be put off, it rewards effort, and maybe I'm being mean and it could deserve five stars.
There are lots of small bits in this set so you might want to get some kind of organiser box to store them. Having the pieces sorted speeds up building a lot. The Amazon page suggests a few suitable ones.
There is only 1 model to make in the included instructions , but you can down load about 4 more detailed instructions from the Lego website, but to be honest clicking on the computer to go to next page while building is a bit of a pain.
You will also need to connect your creation to a pc to program it. The programming in lab view is quite straightforward but you can just download the programs from Lego. This is the best way how to understand how software works. You can connect via cable or via Bluetooth. If you read the blogs there are some Bluetooth compatibility issues not all work. Also it would let me install the software on my netbook (running windows 7 starter) which was a bit of a pain as this had compatible bluetooth . The only real benefit of Bluetooth really is for remote control- there are a few ways around this the simplest is to download an ap to your android smartphone- this is very basic but works a treat. You can also Download iPad ap but this only controls via a pc so you will still need a compatible pc. The phone ap is the cool option.
This is a really cool set, once you understand the various sensors you can look to build your own models, there are lots of books available to give you ideas, plenty of bids on YouTube but often you need lots of extra pieces that you probably won't have. Lego don't seem to make expansion sets or general buckets of technic of mid storm parts. The Lego website sells motors, sensors and cables but very little it the way of parts. There are plenty of brick sites and e-bay but can be hit and miss and quite difficult to identify parts in some books.
All in all an excellent educational toy. Lego just need to do more with expansion sets.
A fabulous toy, if you can call it that
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