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For all those individuals out there who like LEGO and robots comes the next generation of robot building from LEGO! Since 1998 LEGO MINDSTORMS products have enthralled us with the idea of making your own robots, and now to up the ante LEGO introduces the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 is similar to the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, but with upgrades like new sensors and retooled pieces. With four all new robots that can be built the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 is sure to keep LEGO fans busy for hours.
The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 has three interactive servo motors and four sensors included in it, the sensors are the new Color Sensor that serves three purposes detecting colors, and detects different light intensities, 2 Touch Sensors (instead of 1 touch sensor like the original MINDSTORMS kit), and the Ultrasonic Sensor. Of course there are more sensors available that can be used for more fun robot building ideas. The improved MINDSTORMSS NXT Intelligent Brick is easier to use than ever with numbers on motor ports and letters for sensor ports to make it a snap to use. It features a 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, four input and three output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link. The brick itself does require 6 AA batteries that are not included. Up to three Bricks can be connected at the same time but communication is limited to one brick at a time.
Programming is easy with a quick start guide that walks you through the LCD screen menus with easy to understand directions. Of course you need the software which requires 800MHz minimum, 256 MB RAM minimum, 150 MB hard disk, a USB port and of course a CD-ROM Drive. With the software you get even more robot building instructions with step by step programming instructions for each robot. Some of the software features for the robots include the ability to display and play images and sounds that the programmer wants to use as well as a remote control application for the robot creations. A really ingenuous idea was to include Bluetooth capabilities from a Bluetooth-enabled PC or wireless device for even more fun ways to interact with the robot.
If that isn't enough robots to satisfy the craving then consider getting the NXT One-Kit Wonders book that teaches builders how to build 10 robots with just one LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit, and of course the avid builder will want to purchase additional bricks for all of these additional robots. Buyers may consider getting an additional kit to get more sensors, motors, and a MINDSTORMS NXT Intelligent Brick for money savings. Prices vary for all these items from store to store and even online so check the prices often to keep informed and get the best deal.
Starting with the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 and enhancing it with available books and some additional accessories is a sure way to not only have a lot of fun building robots but also learning about robotics in a fun easy way. This is a great way to get the family together and have some fun. So whether new to the LEGO world or just experiencing it for the first time the LEGO MINDSTORMS is sure to bring hours of enjoyment to any robot fan.
Eric Burdo has been a LEGO and Robotics geek since he was a little kid. He runs a website called Brick Labs, that covers various aspects of the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, and well as trying to keep an eye on the best place to buy LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kits.

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