Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NXT 2.0, listed at

NXT 2.0 is now also listed at and available for pre-ordering in US and some other countries worldwide.
You may find it through product webpage from Shop@Home.

Set Number: 8547
Estimated retail price: 279,99 US$ / 289,00-324,99€ (refer to S@H, for specific country price)

Product description from S@H:

The “NXT” generation of buildable, programmable robots is here!

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT is back and better than ever, with new robot models, even more customizable programming, and all-new technology including a color sensor! MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then tens of thousands of other robotic inventions that do what you want!

Key elements and features:
  • The intelligent NXT LEGO brick features 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, 4 input and 3 output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link
  • Three interactive servo motors
  • Four sensors: Ultrasonic Sensor, 2 Touch Sensors and the all-new Color Sensor
  • Color Sensor has triple functionality: distinguishes colors and light settings, and functions as a lamp
  • Easy-to-use software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming and 16 fun building and programming challenges
  • All the LEGO® elements (612 pcs) you need for creating incredible robots
  • Building instructions for 4 new amazing robots
  • Personalize your robots with the Sound and Icon editors
  • Share your project files with your friends with the Pack-N-Go project packager
  • Batteries not include

And a very nice video shown at Toys "R" Us Direct YouTube Channel, featuring many of the new interesting features, parts, NXT-G software and robots.

The new kit features the same programmable NXT brick, but includes new SW with very interesting new functionalities, and a new generation of a light/color sensor. Also the previous sound sensor was replaced by a 2nd touch sensor.

From the software point of view, we get new features like:
  • Remote control from the PC (either via USB or bluetooth, depending on how do you connect).
  • Capture a create custom sounds, that can be immediately uploaded into NXT for your application use.
  • Create, manipulate and upload your own images to create new custom icons for the NXT display.
  • Package all files needed by your application, to easier share them with your friends (Pack-N-Go).
As for the new color sensor, you may use it in three different modes:
  • Color sensor mode, which can distinguish six different colors with the standard SW: black, white, red, green, blue and yellow.
  • Light sensor mode as ind the old NXT 1.0 sensor, which returns a value from 0 to 100 where 0 the darkest and 100 the brightest. In this mode you can choose the colored LED to use (red, green or blue).
  • Lamp mode, where you can also set the colored LED to use (red, green or blue).

It also features a new part assortment, adapted for the new Alpha Rex design and a new set of proposed alternate robots.
Below images from a few of these newly proposed robots which look much more appealing, than those in previous kit IMO.

Also at the image below you can take a closer look to the parts included with NXT 2.0 Kit.

Click for larger detail.

At the image close-ups that TLG chose to promote the product in their website, we may find some nice examples of the design refinements applied into NXT 2.0 robots.
Like new "hands" to grab objects (despite not truly/fully functional or controllable) and the application of touch sensors into Alpha Rex feet, to detect and maximize the step length as the walk experience turns smoother and more effective.

There is also a 360 degree 3D model from Alpha Rex to explore, where you may find some more details by your own.
It looks to me, that the model is again not prepared to take the NXT battery, without modifications...


AVCampos said...

I didn't know the new set replaced the sound sensor with another touch sensor!

At first I thought this limited a bit the range of possibilities it offered, but then I saw the Alpha Rex's feet on the video and realised that indeed, while one touch and one sound sensor allow for more diverse kinds of applications, two touch sensors are needed on more applications.

Let's just hope the price eventually drops to more NXT1-like levels...

Anonymous said...

On our forum ( Lowlug ) someone said that the new technic models are now also available at Shop @ Home.

Conchas said...

Sure! See the first post from 28th June on this same blog.

santi said...

Well, this is the perfect excuse to buy my second NXT set ;)

Anonymous said...

"Sure! See the first post from 28th June on this same blog."

Sorry, diden't now that ( not enough time to read everything ).

Did you already now that you can download the instructions of the B models? You might need to change the region....

Lego Adam (Cagri Yuz) said...

BTW I received this a couple of days ago, I think I should post it here too:

"Are You a Hardcore LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT User?
Do you want to have a seat in our closed web forum, the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, where we involve you in our development and tests of new ideas, concepts, prototypes, products and discuss various issues around our SW, HW, FW and wetware…?

Then send an application via email with a description of yourself, your involvement with LEGO MINDSTORMS, your special areas of interest, and a paragraph on why you are eligible to be an MCP member!

Send it to with the header ‘MCP 4 application’.

Applications will be received from now and until 31 July 1200 GMT. All email applications received after this date will be rejected.

Applicants must be 18 years old to apply."

William said...

I got a chance to look at NXT 2.0 at Brickworld (and actualy got roped into running the booth for a while), and from what I've sen this set definitely has great offerings
Alpha Rex has much improved functionality, including the ability to drop balls placed in his hands as he moves his arms due to a clever liftarm linkage. Also exciting is the fact that this Rex was NOT built all around the NXT, making it very easy to remove the NXT to replace bateries without dismantling all of Rex's torso!
Shooterbot is your generic Roverbot (with guns!). There is nothing more I can say about it that isn't visible from one picture; it is a sturdy, simple bot.
The color sorter is well-done.Ed of story. It blows the RIS candy sorter out of the water and is the most intricate of the models.
The Gatorbot strikes me as LEGO wanting another "creature" robot after Spike.So they made one. There is nothingthis bot seems to o save 'look cool', which is admittedly a prime job for all these models. Still, I found the GatorBot quite lacking after all of the other NXT (1 and 2) models.
The element selection is interesting, too much decoration in my opinion but that is no crime (there WERE dragon wings in RIS 2.0, fairing pieces is not at all bad)
Oh, and the color sensor is possibly the Best sensor I've seen compatible with NXT for its versitality.
Now to find a way to get $280 when I am jobless...

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