Apr 1, 2010

MCP4 Update

The MCP4 have been working, nose to the grindstone, on many new updates for the NXT. We'll be able to talk more about them at WorldFest next month, so come by the LEGO booth to see some demos, new robot designs, new sensors, and more.

One thing I'm very happy about is the upcoming release of the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 3.0 in August 2010. LEGO has taken the complaints from MCP4 and blog readers and made some serious changes to the kit. Again, I can't comment on all the changes, but a few that have been approved for sharing:

* Improved Touch Sensor - this sensor will be able to detect when it is pressed, released, bumped, and rubbed. "Rubbed" is a subjective state that you will be able to configure using the sensor's new block

* 40 Hassenpins - LEGO has heard our complaints and is bumping the count of Hassenpins up significantly

* The new "Smithpin" - 10 of these little beauties, designed by MCPer Chris Smith, will be included. They have a unique design that will allow 7L beams to be connected at obtuse angles to form diametrically opposed co-joints. This is a HUGE thing for us, so email LEGO and THANK THEM for this new part.

* 50L beams - 6 of these bad boys are being included... forget 15L beams... these are more than triple in size and will give your robots the ability to reach out and poke someone.

* LEGO memory card support for the brick - Yes, it's finally going to be available in the 3.0 kit - you'll be able to use a memory card (2MB in size) that you can buy directly from LEGO Online - current price is going to be around $50-60.

* Mirrored Motors - you only get 1 of these, but that's all you'll need. The standard motors will be cut from 3 to 1 in the kit, but the mirror motor is simply a housing that fuses two NXT motors together so you no longer have to come up with methods for connecting them and keeping them rigid.

Many more changes in store for the LEGO NXT 3.0 kit... LEGO will stop selling the 2.0 kit in July and has promised a reduced price of the 3.0 kit. Current price we're being told is $125.00 and they throw in 2 rechargeable batteries if you pre-order.

If you like what you're hearing, be sure to email MR. LEGO and tell him you LOVE the redesign of the kit. If you don't like it, email him anyway and let him know what you WOULD like to see in the 3.0 kit. Emails must be received by end of day today in order to make the WISH LIST.

15 comments:

Steve said...

Is 40 hassenpins enough?

Steve

Jin Kai said...

Wow...that's a HUGE price reduction if it's true. I wonder what's the reason...

Brian Davis said...

Jim, I can't reach you via email for some reason - please contact me immediately, I need to discuss something with you.

-
BLD

Laurens Valk said...

Also, NXT 3.0 has the option of using motors wirelessly.

MCP's are already doing some testing here. I'll try to upload a video with a robot using this feature later today.

Andy Dannelley said...

Does the new NXT-G include the do what I was thinking-not-what-I-programmed block?

This has long been the most missed block as having the NXT do what I programmed instead of what I was thinking I wanted it to do has been a real hassle.

In all my years of programming, this has long been the most overlooked feature.

Get your credit cards warmed up for NXT 3.0!

BTW: Can't wait for Laurens videos...

Laurens Valk said...

Andy,

Sorry - currently having some issues with the motor control. NXT-G 3.0 isn't perfect yet.

I could shoot a video right now, but it'll be a boring video. The robot I made is a Segway (with all motor ports free of course).

I'm trying to make the wireless mode work in RobotC so I can port my previously made Segway program (which worked fine).

I don't know if I want to rewrite the segway prg in NXT-G 3.0. The good thing, though is that you have an option to make use of several advanced tricks even without data wires!

Laurens

merlin13 said...

When can we pre-order? Can't wait...

Fay Rhodes said...

If it's too good to be true....

NXTPuny said...

Way Too good to be true, It would be nice, but it would be even nicer if lego made their own CNCs so you can make your own custom lego parts. Its all really my opinion, but I seriously do think a lego CNC would be a great idea.

David said...

is there any word on the NXT 3.0 release?

Tbone said...

Where are your resources coming from

mike said...

This is an April fools joke!

Lego8890 said...

Is this an April Fools Joke?!

Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) said...

- YES - THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE -
and a nasty one if you ask me!

The NXT 2.0 adventure is far from over... In fact it's about to reach new frontiers... SPACE!! (and that's no JOKE) see-> http://www.legospace.com

sithero said...

Yeah, It's April 2012, and I thought that this was an April Fool's joke.
Woops, 2 years later. I just hope they come up with the new MXT this year, because otherwise the hardware and the software will get outdated and not fun to use.

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