Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

LEGO Debuts The Next Generation Of Mindstorm Robots

Mindstorms LEGO announced the next generation of programmable Mindstorm robotic kits at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday. The original programmable LEGO Mindstorm robots components -- released in 1998 -- were a joint venture between the MIT Media Lab and LEGO. They quickly became popular hacking toys.

The iPod-shaped 32-bit controller looks intriguing and supports Bluetooth and USB program transfer. Three new servo motors designs and an ultrasonic distance detector are available. You'll have to wait until August 2006 to get your hands on one of these $249.99 kits.

"The heart of the new system is the NXT brick, an autonomous 32-bit LEGO microprocessor that can be programmed using a PC, or for the first time in the retail offering, a Mac. After building their robots, users create a program within easy-to-use yet feature-rich software, powered by LabVIEW from National Instruments.

Downloading programs to an invention is easy. Users with Bluetooth®-enabled computer hardware can transfer their programs to the NXT wirelessly, or anyone can use the included USB 2.0 cable to connect their computer to the NXT for program transfer. The robot then takes on a life of its own, fully autonomous from the computer. The inclusion of Bluetooth technology also extends possibilities for controlling robots remotely, for example, from a mobile phone or PDA."

LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics Toolkit press release


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