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Lego Mindstorms offers Mac support

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.




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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    please macnn...

    make links relevent - clicking on "with support for Mac OS X" in the mindstorms nxt article brings you to some lame second level b2b search site with zero info about mac and nxt.

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what?

    You expect something at MacNN to be RELEVANT?

  1. r00b69

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    more info

    http://www.ni.com/academic/mindstorms/

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "support for Mac OS X"

    That link, with the double green underline, is not MacNN's link per se, but one of these God awful "IntelliTXT" advertisement links. So, they're always going to go to some lame, supposedly relevant, commercial web site.

    Granted, MacNN should be shot for subscribing to such an obnoxious advertising service, but they don't set the links themselves.

  1. purpleshorts

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Thanks, Lego

    Yes, yes... MacNN's stupid, irrelevant double green underline links have fooled me before as well. But howzabout this Lego Mindstorms coming to the Mac?

    Young engineers who wish to combine lego-building and programming no longer require the services of a PC laptop... they can do it from their iMac. Hooray! Thanks Lego! First the excellent Star Wars game, and now this!

    Lego's inventiveness amazes me. I am impressed by the way they extend their product line far from their plastic-brick foundation. Excellent work.

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