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February 2, 2006

Lego introduces new MindStorms NXT Robots

LEGO Group announced the new lego set: LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT, a new lego consumer robotics system. Smarter, stronger and more intuitive than ever, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is a robotics toolset that provides endless opportunities for armchair inventors, robotics fanatics and LEGO builders ages 10 and older to build and program robots that do what they want. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT will be available in August 2006.

Building upon the success of Lego's globally-renowned Robotics Invention System, the next generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS makes it quicker and easier for robot creators to build and program a working robot in just 30 minutes. Simultaneously, new technologies and expanded sensor capabilities add a level of sophistication to excite and challenge more experienced robot creators.

The heart of the new system is the NXT brick, an autonomous 32-bit LEGO microprocessor that can be programmed using a PC, or for the first time in the retail offering, a Mac. After building their robots, lego creators can create a program within easy-to-use yet feature-rich software.

Downloading programs to a new lego invention is also easy. LEGO inventors  can transfer their programs to the NXT wirelessly via Bluetooth, a USB 2.0 cable. The lego robot then takes on a life of its own, fully autonomous from the computer.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT highlights include:

• All-new NXT intelligent lego brick
• 3 interactive servo motors feature inbuilt rotation sensors to align speed for precise robot control
• New ultrasonic sensor makes lego robots “see” by responding to movement
• New sound sensor enables lego robots to react to sound commands, including sound pattern and tone recognition
• Improved light sensor for lego robot detects different colors and light intensity
• Improved touch sensor reacts to touch or release and allows lego robots to feel
• 519 hand-selected, stylized elements from the LEGO TECHNIC® building system ensure lego robot creations will be sturdy and durable while also looking authentic
• Opportunities for physical programming of lego robots and interaction with robots during programming
• 18 building challenges with clear, step-by-step instructions help acclimate users to the new system to create lego robots ranging from humanoids and machinery to animals and vehicles

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