LEGO Mindstorms NXT will work with Mac OS X

by Todd Ogasawara

LEGO Mindstorms NXT will be available sometime this fall. It is the next generation of LEGO's robotics kit product line. What's cool about it for a Mac user? How about controlling your own LEGO robot via USB or Bluetooth from your Mac?


Kris Swanson
2006-02-09 03:17:26
I can't wait. I teach fifth grade, and have used Mindstorms with my students for a few years. Getting it to work on my Macs has always been frustrating. Right now we are using Microworlds Robotics EX - and updated version of logo - to program them and it works pretty well. Nothing beats legos for getting kids' brains pumping.
2006-02-09 05:27:08
The new kit looks to be really cool. I like that they dumped their software and pretty much went with the next generation of Robolab from National Instruments. I applied for a pre-release demo kit, but I am not holding my breath. They are only giving out a few hundred. There is a blog started about the NXT here:

They have some early stuff from CES. Can't wait to see the hacks that come out for this one. The NXT has a beefier processor and more interface options.

Michael Carnell
2006-02-09 06:39:05
This is simply going to be fantastic. I have been a LEGO person for years, and the new NXT are going to be a massive advance. My son is now finally getting to the age where he will be able to use these. As with the first generation, I can't wait to see what third party applications and add-ons will be developed.
Alex von Below
2006-02-09 06:48:45
I can't wait either. A Lego fan since ages, I am Mac OS X Developer with a focus on hardware.

This will be a joy!


Brad Bumgarner
2006-02-09 07:24:55
I have been wanting to get my hands on Mindstorms for years! I love LEGOS. I have been a LEGO person for over THIRTY YEARS! I can still remember my very first kit. I was in the 3rd grade and in the hospital to get my tonsils removed. They gave me a littke Model T LEGO kit. Who could have known that I'd still have that kit today? I can't wait! I can't wait! I can't wait!


2006-02-10 10:50:02
Does anyone have info or links about programming the older version of Mindstorms from a Mac OS X machine? I used to be able to use NCQ to write and download code, but once I switched to Mac OS X I wasn't able to get the software to connect to the brick. It may be the drivers for my Belkin USB-serial converter, or something else. Any hints would be appreciated, especially since I actually have a useful project in mind for it.