Grandparents and NXT
I wonder if LEGO has ever considered actively marketing the NXT to people nearing retirement (Baby Boomers)? According to USA Today, this is the wealthiest group in the U.S. NXT is almost the perfect product for grandparents---more brain-stimulating than crosswords or Sudoku, and a very high "cool" factor with the grandchildren. Are any of you grandparents out there using NXT with your grandchildren?
That's great to hear! My grandpa loved to fish and used to take me fishing in the Gulf... I don't think it matters what you're doing, but spending time with the grandparents is always good.
Your Grandpa enjoyed spending time with you more than he enjoyed fishing, you can bet on that.
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I spend more money on books than beer, and thats insane.
I figured some of you might enjoy it.
It's all about the kids. ...And (in my opinion) should always be. Growing them to be kind and gentle will position this world for a better future.
The programming service is a fine idea. Not very difficult either. Only a dedicated force of programmers would be needed.
I can see it now....
A queue of help needed...and programmers that choose one to work on.
Am 66 yesrs old and have used and read about compturers and robots for a number of years, if not decades. I have a 4 yr. college degree.
PROBLEM; I am legally blind. The NXT was my first LEGOS. I had to use a magnifier to get the START HERE robot built (took over 4 hours).
Waqs starating to follow the simple demo programnes. On sound, the brick asked me if I wanted to delete the sound demo program? Sure! It was just a demo I did. Results I now have no sound on my brick. I thought I was just deleting a personal try demo, not the actual program code.
Thus, how do I get back the LEGO Brick sound program? Do I have to deinstall and reinstall the whole LEGO c-d? Or, do I only have to UBS the Start Here Robot and then hit the NXT Icon on my desktop?
Just found this blog and gald to see some are thinking ahead. I feel LEGO did not think about first time users much on NXT.
LEGO Co. should make a movie rather like TOY STORY and combine it with the TRON angle, the young characters have to build robots and take them with them into the story. Marvel (MVL) and Mattel (MAT) should be good partners on such a movie, for LEGO (if LEGO mmgt. is up to it).
If anyone can steer me to LEGOS 'NXT Kindergarten' programning, I would be greatful.
I have a number of LEGO books and found Dave Prochnow Hacker's Guide interesting.
I don't know of a current book on programming in NXT-G, but Jim Kelly has a book on programming the NXT-G coming out in August--LEGO Mindstorms NXT-G Programming Guide. Reviews of Jim's previous book (The Mayan Adventure) were excellent and from what I see of Jim's writing, he's very good at explaining things in layman's terms.
I think thats the book for me, I thought about getting his Mayan Adventure, though I am not ready for it yet.
Was able to find a discounted LEGO 2916 Set (for the Treads and Wheels it has).
Anyone noted the new air-less design Tires that Michalin Tire Co. is working on? Should be very interesting for LEGO Vehicle
builders to consider. The tire design 'flexs' over obstacles, and utilizes an outer and an inner layer of flexibility strut
The design might be useful for novel forms of gearing also (appying various torque forces would distort a gear/ratio)?
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