Lego Mindstorms Robots

Lego sell a robotics kit called "LEGO Mindstorms". It has about 700 parts for making simple programmable robots, based around their RCX, which is a controller with three input ports (touch and light sensors etc.) and three output ports (motors etc.). The RCX is similar to the MIT Programmable Brick. It is based around a Hitachi 16MHz single-chip microcomputer with 32K of usable RAM.

An alternative to Lego Robotics, is the fischertechnik robot kits, which are distributed by Procon Technology in Australia. They have more sophisticated sensor and output devices, at a slightly higher cost.


marku@cs.waikato.ac.nz
Last modified: Thu Oct 17 17:35:51 NZDT 2002