The Mindstorm NXT's building blocks are compatible with Lego's existing Mindstorms and Lego building blocks, although the Mindstorm NXT kits are self-contained. That is, all the robots discussed in the documentation can be built from parts within the kit. Of course, the idea is to learn enough so that you can build your own robots, and that is where it is handy to have a few extra building blocks in the box. I will discuss the building blocks at the end of the article.
Mr Gerard is eagerly anticipating some of the Mindstorms Lego robots next month at Stack. “My dream is to build the Rubik’s cube machine. It’s just amazing – it solves a Rubik’s cube in five seconds.”