Posted by Robotica May 08, 2014 RoboCamp MINDSTORMS and WeDo learning courses Share Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps 1 comment
I feel the same way.
The automatic data logging capabilities of the software make the NXT more useful as an experimental device. (The NXT always had data logging capabilities, but the new software makes gathering data easier for the rank-and-file user).
I'm just as excited about the exportable "My Block" features of the software. Any one who has used My Blocks knows the frustration of trying to share their programs with someone else, only to have them not work because of missing "My Block" components. The new software will (hopefully) make it possible to share complex programs easily.
However I daresay the words I would choose would very quickly be deleted.
The temp sensor is sold by Lego Education:
Here is the link to the old temp sensor: http://www.legoeducation.com/store/detail.aspx?CategoryID=177&by=9&ID=324&c=1&t=0&l=0
One of the publicity releases for the new software states that, "autonomous robots can log data" and that the software will support "both remote and live data logging".
In other words, the software enables data logging without being tethered to a computer.
According to a (seemingly authoritative) post on NXTlog, the new temp sensor DOES have a permanent cable.
As a far as I know, the reason is that the temperature sensor is meant to be used in fluids also and the plug for the cable would have been a soft spot for possible harm to the electronics.