The LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robot Kit. Kind of like an iPod on legs, isn’t it? Anyway enough of the banter, this is probably state of the art as far as toys go right now. 32–bit microprocessor, LCD display and motion sensors. Not yer grandad’s LEGO set, this, although it is, of course, every kid hacker’s delight. Not so much a robot, more a mechanistic, multi-dimensional robotic lifeform. Has anyone informed SkyNet yet? [Thanks Audris]. £179.95.
At the heart of this ingenious new concept is the NXT – an über-intelligent, USB-friendly, computer-controlled ‘brick’ that acts as your robot’s brain. Featuring a 32-bit microprocessor, LCD display, sensor ports, motor ports, a loudspeaker and control panel, this ultra-sophisticated motion/light-sensitive block brings your creations to life and offers countless design/functionality permutations. You can even control your robots using your computer or mobile phone (via Bluetooth).