Friday, September 01, 2006

A Request for National Instruments

There are really cool things that the community can do for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, now that LEGO has released the Mindstorms SDK.

One thing I am personally looking forward to, is making custom NXT-G bricks. There are all sorts of bricks that would make programming with NXT-G a lot simpler. But to make new bricks, I understand one needs LabVIEW from National Instruments.

LabVIEW is a really expensive piece of software, but there is a student version that is very reasonably priced. So my plea to National Instruments is this. When you release the LabVIEW Toolkit for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, could you please:
  1. Allow residential (non-academic, non-commercial) users to buy the Student Edition;
  2. Make sure that it is possible to create custom bricks using the Student Edition (i.e. it is not crippled on the functionality relevant to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT).


At September 02, 2006 3:16 AM , Blogger Jason said...

There are two Student Edition Products, which one do you think is better?

If the toolkit is unnecessary for NXT, I think the textbook bundle edition is better for people never used labview before.

At September 02, 2006 11:10 AM , Anonymous Filip said...

I don't know, but I'm hoping National Instruments will tell us when they release their SDK.


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