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).
Thanks!

2 Comments:

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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