Monday, May 01, 2006

New NXT Biped & LDraw

Today should be a day with an explosion of Lego Mindstorms NXT news. I'll try to keep track of the more interesting news bits.

Some LDraw people were on de MDP. LDraw is a software package that allows you to recreate your Lego creations digitally. That is just what you need if you want to publish Lego-like drawings of your creations, and related building instructions. Apparently, all of the new Lego Mindstorms NXT parts are now unofficially available within LDraw.

Kevin Clague was one of the MDP participants, and the creation he has worked on is a very nice biped rooster. Check out his site for more information.


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But here's the real killer. Just look at how easy his control program is. That is nothing short of amazing. This is precisely why I am so excited about NXT as a robot platform.


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2 Comments:

At May 17, 2006 10:08 PM , Anonymous Drew said...

Is there a published list of parts for NXT? I heard that there are fewer parts than in RIS but I see alot of specialist pieces (claws etc) that appear to be in the set (or are these extra parts?) I know the RIS had lots of little pieces like 2x1 plates and that NXT is mainly beams but I'd liek to see what I am waiting to recieve. (I am in tears as new info comes out - like NXT controling the phone (insrtead of just remote controlling - hmm can it place calls or txtmsg?)

I can appologize for being excited but thanks tolerating it and being a big part of the community.

 
At May 18, 2006 2:58 PM , Anonymous Filip said...

Hi Drew,

I'm excited and awaiting those parts myself. An extensive written list of the new parts can be found here: http://philohome.com/nxtleocad/nxtleocad.htm. There was a nice picture of the retail box showing all the parts somewhere, but I can't find it right now.

About the mobile phone: yes, you can send text messages from your NXT and you can dial out. I'd love to demo that, but right now I don't have the NXT yet. Less than 2 months to go until I do...

Filip

 

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