Note: FIRST has committed to using both the RCX and NXT versions of the Mindstorms system through to late 2009. Following that, we expect that only the NXT kit will be allowed. Purchases of new equipment (especially for new teams forming) should focus on the NXT system, as it is more capable and the FLL system of the future.
As of the end of the 2006 "Nano Quest" challenge, the older RCX kits performed surprising well against the newer NXT kits. Whether that is a function of lack of experience/familiarity will have to be seen in the 2007 season.
As of 8-7-06, we have received our full FLL kit for the 2006 season, including our Mindstorms NXT education kit. Our team is scattered at the moment, but we will be posting info about the NXT system AND the mat and models ASAP.
As of 5-8-06, we have registered our first FLL team for the 2006 season (#211), and pre-ordered a MindStorms NXT Education kit. When we receive our kit in August, we will post our experiences with it on this site.
New information (posted 3-30-06):
The Mindstorms NXT set that is optionally shipped with the FLL team registration includes base Education NXT set, plus extra building pieces and the NXT-G programming system with team license, with a price of $280.
The Base Education Mindstorms NXT set includes a Lion rechargeable battery and three interface cables (to allow RCX sensors and motors to be used with the NXT system) that are not part of the retail Mindstorms NXT set. It will cost $250.
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LEGO has announced the new Mindstorms NXT Robotics Toolkit as a successor to the current Mindstorms kit (press release), with a price of $249.99.
The NXT "intelligent brick" will replace the current RCX, with enhanced capabilities. It still controls three outputs, but the new motors are variable speed and each have an integrated rotation sensor. Four inputs will support touch, light, sound and ultrasonic sensors. NXT communication runs via wired USB or wireless Bluetooth. The programming environment runs on Macs and PCs, and is based on LabVIEW (as is the current RoboLAB).
Preview of a Wired magazine story for February.
First LEGO League FAQ page about the release of the new Mindstorms NXT.
nxtbot.com robotics blog
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