ArsTechnica reviews the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics set. Powered by a 32-bit microprocessor that can be programmed via PC/MAC, these robots can take on many forms like the one pictured above. Each kit comes with sound/light/motion sensors that your robot can learn to use once built. The NXT brick (receiver) supports Bluetooth so you’re able to control the robot with any compatible devices — like cell phones and PDAs. Short video of an NXT compass sensor after the jump.
It’s one of the finest robotics systems we’ve ever seen, and it has an active community of developers who promise to extend the system for years to come. Sensors that actually work. Programming system easy enough to let Grandma build a ‘bot. The X factor: fun to use