updated 06:35 pm EDT, Wed August 2, 2006
Lego Mindstorms on Mac
Lego Group today released its Lego Mindstorms NXT with support for Mac OS X, a robotics toolset offering hobbyists the ability to build and program robots. The heart of the system is the NXT brick, a programmable, autonomous 32-bit LEGO microprocessor (shown at right). Users can download programs to inventions using Bluetooth or USB 2.0, and can optionally control robots using wireless devices such as PDAs or cell phones. The Lego Mindstorms NXT kit includes the NXT brick; three interactive servo motors with inbuilt rotation sensors; an ultrasonic sensor allowing robots to respond to movement; a sound sensor that enables robots to react to sound commands, including tone recognition; an improved light sensor that detects different colors as well as intensity; an enhanced touch sensor that reacts to touch or release; and 571 hand-selected, stylized elements from the Lego Technic building system. The Lego Mindstorms NXT is priced at $250, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.