LEGO Mindstorms NXT Review

25 Aug

Mindstorms NXT 2.0 8547 Summary

With the Mindstorms NXT 8547, you can realize, make and program your own robot. But that’s not everything…

It’s not just about constructing a robot and making it do things, but about making more and more sophisticated machines that get more and more clever as you learn some advanced programming. You’re not going to end up take over the world with your robots, but with all the amazing things you can do with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT, you’ll be occupied and amused for a lifetime. It’s kind of like that old classic Lego set that you might still have hidden away. It’s always good fun when you take it back out and see what new shapes you can build. The Mindstorms set will have a similar effect, but better – you’ll never put it away in the basement, it will always be kept in sight – ready to be picked off and played with again and again..

It’s a hefty price tag for a Christmas present, but as a present you can go on using again and again into your old age, the Lego Mindstorms NXT completely lives up to the price tag.

Who Should You Get The Mindstorms NXT 8547 Set For

Mindstorms NXT is suitable for anyone over 10 years of age. The instruction manual is so easy to follow, you’ll be up and ready with your first robot within one hour.

Of course, anyone hearing the world ‘programming’ probably thinks it’s complex, but it’s amazingly simple when you come to use it.

Those who are younger can discover numerous ways to have fun with their robots, while on the other hand someone more senior or more experienced can employ more complex programming to make more advanced machines.

What Do You Get Inside The Package?

The Legos Mindstorm NXT box contains 619 pieces. These include an assortment of wheels, rods, beams, sensors, connectors and wheels.

The Simple Block

You may notice that the rudimentary piece is a beam instead of a block as they usually have in LEGO, giving it a Meccano feel. But Mindstorms isn’t like Meccano, as you don’t need to use any extra instruments to put the beams together.

Because there are quite a few pieces that look alike, you may find yourself wasting a lot of time in the beginning trying to find the right unit. But give it a bit of time and you’ll start to know just what you’re looking for.

Three Motors

These servo motors will give your robots motive power.

Four Sensors

The sensors enable the robot to gather info about its environment so that it may then process it and act accordingly. Here are the sensors that the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is equipped with…

1. A sensor for light, which measures levels of light and can even distinguish between different colors, giving your robot the ability to react according to any colors that you might present to it or it may chance upon during its movements around the house.

2. A unit that senses touch, which allows your robot to have a certain reaction when it touches something/someone, or when something else touches the robot.

3. An audio sensor that is the ‘ear’ of the robot, allowing it to ‘hear’ different sounds.

4. An ultrasonic sensor that utilizes simple echo-location to determine how far away it is from a solid object.

The NXT Intelligent Brick

This is (along with the 4 sensors) the main unit that differentiates Mindstorms from the LEGO Technique range. It processes the information from the sensors and depending on whatever program you wish to put in, instructs 1, 2 or 3 of the motors to begin moving, whether this is through the robot going forward, driving about on its wheels, streaming water/drinks into a mug.. and the list continues.

User Guidebook

The instruction manual Booklet is an excellent way for you to discover how to manufacture your first few robots, with simple-to-follow instructions on how to construct four distinguishable models of robot.

Past that you can go on to make, build and program anything you want. When you’re lost for ideas, you can always go out and get yourself some experts guides written explicitly for Mindstorms NXT 2.0 8547, which will run you through how to make more advanced robots.

However, there is one trouble you may run into when making your personalized robots, and that’s running out of parts. If you run into this pitfall, rest assured – you don’t need to purchase a whole nother Mindstorms set. Instead, you can simply complement your current Mindstorms set with parts from the Lego Technique range.

Can I Get The Mindstorms Set Any Cheaper Than The RRP?

Watch out – Mindstorms NXT is expensive enough as it is, and there’s no point in paying more than you have to.The cheapest stores to buy this are the ones that are able to sell enough to offer a discount. Keep looking back at my blog for future posts where I’ll you all about best prices for the LEGO Mindstorms 2.0.

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