Mindstorms NXT 2.0 8547 Review (678)

12 Sep

LEGO Mindstorms NXT Summary

The Mindstorms NXT 2.0lets you foresee, manufacture and program your own robot. But it doesn’t stop there….

With the contents of the same package you can go on to build more advanced robots, and program your machines to be more and more advanced.

You’re not going to take over the world with your robots, but with all the things you can do with it, you’ll never get worn-out.

In all honesty it’s quite expensive for a Christmas toy, however for something that’ll last you a lifetime, the LEGO Mindstorms 2.0 is definitely worth purchasing this Christmas.

Who Is The LEGO Mindstorms NXT 8547 Set For

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

You’ll be forgiven for believing building a robot with NXT is complex, given the use of the word ‘programming’, but it can be as simple as just a few clicks of the mouse on your p.c..

Kids can find lots of ways to enjoy their Mindstorms set, whereas others can go on to devise robots that do much more than just walk, drive, shoot or sort balls.

What Do You Get Inside The Package?

The Mindstorms NXT 8547 box contains six hundred and nineteen parts. These include an assortment of connectors, wheels, rods, beams and sensors.

Underlying Building Blocks

The Mindstorms construction is in the form of beams as opposed to the usual brick as used in LEGO, causing it to look a little like Meccano. But Mindstorms isn’t like Meccano, as you don’t need to use any extra tools to put the beams together.

Due to a huge number of pieces that look almost identical, you might spend the first few days taking a little longer making those robots, as you’ll take some time finding the right pieces you need. But when you’ve played around with the set for a while you’ll start making those robots with amazing efficiency.

Three Servo Motors

These motors will control your robots movements.

Sensory Units

The sensors enable the robot to gather info regarding its environment so that it can then process it and act accordingly. You’ll find the following sensors with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 8547…

1. A sensor that detects light, which gives your robot the ability to see different shades of light and even detect colors.

2. A touch sensor, so you can instruction your robot to switch direction for example, when it touches another object.

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

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

The Mindstorms Intelligent Brick

Your robot’s central processing unit, a tiny computer-like device that you put all your programming into and according to your programming, causes the robot to carry out an action by controlling the three motors, whether in the form of your robot grabbing something, running to hide under the bed, attacking an intruder…. & the list continues.

User’s Guidebook

The Instruction Bookletis great to get you started, with simple-to-follow instructions on how to construct 4 unique models of robot.

When you’ve mastered these 4 models, you can then go on to try out original machines of your own choosing. When you’re lost for ideas, you can always go out and get yourself some experts guides written explicitly for LEGO Mindstorms 2.0, which will run you through how to make more advanced robots.

However, there is one problem you may run into when making your personal robots, and that’s running out of pieces. If you have this problem, you can always extend the Mindstorms NXT kit with pieces from the Lego Technique range, which employs the same basic unit.

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