LEGO Mindstorms 9747: Robotics Invention System 1.5

LEGO Mindstorms 9747: Robotics Invention System 1.5
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LEGO Mindstorms 9747: Robotics Invention System 1.5

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For serious LEGO fans who love PCs, look no further than the Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 1.5. State-of-the art technology with the famous LEGO bricks go together to make a kit that will take imaginative play to the next level for computer-savvy children aged 12 and above.

Great for adults too, the crux of the kit is that it allows you to create any number of robotic inventions, then programme them to do exactly what you want. Boys and girls of the target age range are often moving on from playing with toys, and this kit is a great solution for parents struggling to occupy pre-teens: it is creative, inventive, highly educational in its emphasis on developing programming skills and, more than anything, great fun: building LEGO creations in itself is satisfying, but to see them take on a life of their own is particularly gratifying.

The kit requires a PC (system requirements listed below) and includes a good amount and variety of LEGO bricks, allowing you to build anything from a basic two-wheeler to a full-blown vehicle with "caterpillar" tracks. Once built, attach sensors, gears, motors and more to the vehicle (all included), create your own PC program to make your invention do exactly what you want, then download the program to the RCX until attached to your invention, via the infrared sensor (requires a 9-pin serial port on your PC). Activate, and you will see your invention roll into action.

This is the basic Mindstorms kit, and will keep youngsters (who really must be computer-savvy and have an interest in PCs and programming to exploit its full potential) busy for many, many weeks. However, it can be added to, for example the LEGO Mindstorms Droid Developer Kit or the LEGO Mindstorms Vision Command both extend the life and possibilities of this kit. Full, clear, and easy-to-use instructions are included on the accompanying CD-ROM, together with information on how to access more possibilities via the World Wide Web.

Imagination and technical expertise don't often get credit for their synergy, but the close association of the two skills in this kit shows just how creative a technical mind can be, and how technical skills can give life to, rather than stifling, highly creative imaginations. Simply superb. --Robert Hyde

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