It’s a NEW brick with USB and Bluetooth support, combined with a NEW programming environment system developed by LEGO and National Instruments atop LabVIEW. This new system is now PC AND Mac friendly, what a concept!
August is definitely going to be a month where a lot of discretionary spending is going to be happening in the Diaz household…
I’m feeling like hyperventilating right now. THANK YOU LEGO! I cannot wait to try this new system out! One more reason to get involved with FLL. I bet they’ll have a booth at nats showing this new system off and I’m really looking foward to that
Did anyone else notice that the new color scheme more closely jives with VEX? Perhaps it’s just me. I’m so happy:D
Whoah! That’s umm… different. I don’t like it now, I’m not sure why, and since I haven’t used it I can’t back it up. However, much like how I (and nearly everyone else on these forums) once strongly disliked the new FIRST logo, it’ll pass and I’ll probably end up liking it better than the original.
At this point, yes you will be able to use the NXT Mindstorms kits in the 2006 FLL Season.
To be fair to every FLL team that may have spent upwards of a thousand dollars on multiple kits, FIRST Lego League will allow the use of either the NXT or the RCX for the 2006 FLL Challenge. FIRST will also have custom NXT Kits that can be purchased when you register a FLL Team in April. These kits will be available specifically for FLL, and will be available in August 2005. (Several months before they are publically available). For future (2007 and beyond), FIRST is considering totally switching over to the NXT.
The best new feature is the built-in feedback control on the new servo-motors. This means that you output a velocity value, instead of a standard voltage value. Every FLL robot should be able to drive straight, with negligible programming.
The new kits looks very cool. I can’t wait until my team gets their hands on it. Hopefully it will massively reduce the problem of imprecise sensors. Does anyone know how FLL is going to block the bluetooth communications?
Yeah, I think its going to be pretty hard to mentor this year and not mess with the team’s robot, especially if you’re a new mentor (former student). These kits look very cool. Does anyone know when they will be shipped to FLL team who bought new kits as part of the registration package?