…quite possibly the best birthday present. Ever.

by Stephen Hobley on February 22, 2011

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I realise that I’m very late to the party on this one – but my wife just bought me Lego Mindstorms for my 41st birthday.

I’m seriously impressed with this kit – it uses a graphical programming language (something old-schooler’s like me used to call ‘LOGO’) to create the instruction sets, these are then uploaded to the control module and the thing runs by itself.

Although I’m not totally convinced that it interfaces with regular Lego all that well – I have some old school technical Lego somewhere and I’ve not tried to hook it up yet.

It’s just a shame that Sarah Jane isn’t really quite old enough to appreciate it – although if she were I think we’d probably have to buy two of them.



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Gothic Jewellery February 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have to confess I’m always buying ‘toys’ that are too old for my boys lol 🙂

clicclic February 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

can it check your pulse? It looks like it can…

D Alvirs February 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’d love one of them!

Davey T March 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I mused with LOGO/Forth as well, the ‘owd’ turtle graphics! I created “EMMA” a (Electronic Mobile Mimic Animal) bug firstly using TTL 74 series devices to power motors, fwd/rev sensors and LDRs so when you shone a light on it, it squeeled (piezo spkr in overdrive) and moved, sometimes lurched to the darkest place/corner where it could find to gather it E-thoughts and move again. I had to move to CMOS to get more motion per volt. I am well proud of Duracell batteries in those early dayz.
Turtle go here, turtle go there..Rgds

Bieber Birthday Girl September 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

That looks unreal,

I would have loved to get that gadget as a kid! I was stuck with the old K’Nex and lego motors haha

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