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Lego Mindstorms a good start?



I guess I've come to the conclusion that the lego mindstorms 2.0 kit would be a great place to start learning about robots? I was looking at robot hobby kits and build from scratch kits and they are so expensive, that I really think you get much more bang for the buck buying the mindstorm kit which allows you to not only build robots but program them as well....comments?


orion posts: 185

> And there is NQC. A great language fore programming

Yes, I rather like NQC too, though if you want to go furthar, you could consider BrickOS or LeJOS which are C, and a Java based systems respectively.

> What to say about ldraw with mlcad?

Its a great way to capture your models for sharing their designs, or keeping them for later. It is also useful if you want to go design first, and then build later. It is not as easy for technic based modelling as the more basic system Lego, but it is very handy, and has a good community behind it on lugnet.

I would also recommend taking a look a LeoCAD. MLCad and LeoCAD both have their pros and cons, but LeoCAD is currently moving a lot faster than MLCad as it has the ability to be a little more community developed and shaped.

The RCX and mindstorms parts are mostly in there, and I have heard that the NXT parts are coming, but they will not be in the official parts yet.

On a final note - before you consider buying the Mindstorms 2.0 kit, I would seriously wait a couple of months for the release of the NXT (expected august/september 2006), which is the next generation system.

Danny


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And there is NQC. A great language fore programming
What to say about ldraw with mlcad?


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> I guess I've come to the conclusion that the lego mindstorms 2.0 kit would be a great place to start learning about robots? I was looking at robot hobby kits and build from scratch kits and they are so expensive, that I really think you get much more bang for the buck buying the mindstorm kit which allows you to not only build robots but program them as well....comments?


orion posts: 185

The Lego Mindstorms kit is indeed a good place to start. Not only do you get a controller, sensors and motors. You also get a integrated development environment (or an IDE ), a whole set of peices to build your robot chassis with, a whole bunch of ideas and challenges to start you off and also the backing of the Lugnet community.

It also lays a good foundation for later, when you find the limits of the Lego RCX, you can either purchase a second RCX (expensive), or move on to more advanced MicroControllers? like the OOPic. You could still continue to use your Lego for the bodywork and mechanics.


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