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LEGO Announces GNU/LInux-Powered Mindstorms EV3 Platform 164

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First time accepted submitter Barryke writes "Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform (press release). And with details on its features and innards (in Dutch) which in short comes down to: 'Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher.'"
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LEGO Announces GNU/LInux-Powered Mindstorms EV3 Platform

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  • by docmordin (2654319) on Monday January 07, 2013 @11:41PM (#42514399)

    I would have loved this when I was growing up, considering that programmable robots at that time were limited to industry and research labs at universities.

    In any event, the asking price seems a bit too high for what LEGO are offering and with what's now available today; touching on just one facet, after a cursory glance on Mouser/DigiKey, PCB manufacturing companies, and 3D printing shops, the so-called intelligent brick, along with its circuitry innards, could easily be fabricated on a one-off basis for under $75-100 USD. For $350 USD, they should have at least thrown in a decent CMOS camera and more servos.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @12:22AM (#42514683)

    And all of the software that comes with it would take you a significant amount of money on a "one-off basis." Also, you're getting servos, sensors, instructions, and other parts. For $350, that's pretty fucking good.

    Why do people always say, "I could build it myself far cheaper?" This is fucking obvious - you can build it with cheaper parts all on your own, assuming the value of your time is (or approaches) zero for the effort of building and coding everything to work properly. together. It's PHB syndrome - I haven't really considered what I'm getting in the box, I'm just shouting about how expensive it is, because it's not as cheap as the 100-brick lego sets I used to have as a kid.

    If you can do it cheaper, then you should open a business and compete with Lego - these are popular kits, and they make good money off them. If, however, you can't... then maybe you should stop crying about the price.

  • by tibit (1762298) on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @12:26AM (#42514719)

    Not that there's much need for generic userspace. It'd probably be something custom anyway, on such a small system. It's not a general purpose setup.

  • by countach (534280) on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @01:38AM (#42515161)

    It's a top quality product, sure. But it is still just moulded plastic. They could sell it a LOT cheaper if they wanted.

  • by cancerouspete (2746963) on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @01:58AM (#42515241)
    was that link to reinforce the comment, or counter it? looks like it was an attempt at countering....if so re-read the wiki article

    SPOILER: link gives no mention of end-users being sued, only companies that failed to adhere to the terms. clarification that companies are not end-users.
  • Re:Two questions (Score:3, Insightful)

    by clonmult (586283) on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @04:18AM (#42515855)
    Not true; bought my son the NXT2.0 kit for christmas - the software works fine on Windows 7 (but not Win7 SE). As far as I understood it, the sensors are completely compatible between versions.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @06:00AM (#42516249)

    It's hard to link a product announcement from Lego with an unrelated article from NY Times two weeks earlier. The idea that Lego stores up product announcements and then releases them two weeks after some guy somewhere writes an article about them is pretty much ridiculous.

  • by Mister Liberty (769145) on Tuesday January 08, 2013 @08:34AM (#42516817)

    Economics 103 - From 101 and 102 some would conclude that apparently the entire manufacture / market / consumer cycle is a rational process

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