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What would you like to see from LEGO in 2008? Robotized construction machines?

LEGO fans who had played with MINDSTORMS NXT recognize the close link between LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: When LEGO introduced the current version of MINDSTORMS NXT last year, nearly all the parts (apart from the 4 Visorak pincers from the Bionicle range and the NXT / sensors and motors) are derived from standard LEGO TECHNIC pieces that are common amongst all TECHNIC models.

So when I saw Kelly McKiernan from LEGO TECHNIC, conducting an online polls to gauge model popularity from the community, I thought I should give it a mention here.

The model that caught my eye from his survey was this model:

Could this be a new model for 2008 in the drawing board at LEGO TECHNIC design to follow up on the highly successful PF motor based motorised Bulldozer?

To me, it looks like a pretty good candidate to add a MINDSTORMS NXT to! Unlike the last year's mobile crane (B8421), the arm on this model can be easily modified to take a few sensors so that you can make an autonomous ‘find, pick and move’ robot

Would you like to see the MINDSTORMS NXT integrated with future TECHNIC ranges? It is great fun to NXT’ize standard TECHNIC models (click here to see an example) – but it would be even cooler to see the NXT being the integral part of the design process (as opposed to an afterthought). So instead of having an addendum on your new TECHNIC model Instruction set on how to motorize your TECHNIC model using 8287 motor, it could have a section on how to robotize your creation using 8527 MINDSTORMS NXT!

What do you think?

Fernando / Robotica / 222doc, Sorry - but I have deleted the comments relating to next year's catalog.


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