Tom Tuddenham | 16 Aug 23:46 2009
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Re: Looking for replacement CD-Rom for Droid Developer Kit (9748)

Oops.. absolutely correct - do I feel like an idiot? :)

As Doug says, the brick can only be programmed in a limited sense  
using VLL. The way we do it is via a Spybotics robot, programmed  
using NQC and connected to the Microscout via a light-tube.

Not really the answer (unless you have a Spybotics) - sincere  
apologies for leading you up the garden path. And thanks to Doug for  
correcting me.

Cheers
Tom

On 16/08/2009, at 11:35 AM, Doug Eaton wrote:

> In lugnet.robotics, Tom Tuddenham wrote:
>> Hi Mark
>>
>> If you can't get your hands on the original dev kit CD-ROM, you
>> should be able to program it with NQC. If the hardware is the same as
>> the Dark Side Development Kit (pretty sure it is) NQC works  
>> brilliantly.
>
> Actually, the Droid Developer Kit and Dark Side Development Kit  
> contain the
> Micro Scout which is not really programmable. See http:// 
> www.elecbrick.com/vll/
> for details on how to program it with a VLL.
>
> The CD was a marketing mistake as the only think on it was the same  
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Mark Chittenden | 17 Aug 18:59 2009
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Re: Looking for replacement CD-Rom for Droid Developer Kit (9748)

In lugnet.robotics, Brian Bachmeier wrote:
> In lugnet.robotics, Mark Chittenden wrote:
>> Picked up a used Droid Developer Kit (set #9748) via garage sale. Had the
>> instruction manuel, the micro-scout and missing less than a handful of parts
>> (easily replaced). However, it was also missing the CD_Rom. Anyone know where I
>> can get a replacement CD (or, since the set is over 10 years old, where I can
>> download the software that was on the CD)? I tried Bricklink, but couldn't even
>> find the set for sale there.
>
> You can find the CDROM on Bricklink at
> http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=41370

Thanks for the link! 

Mark Chittenden | 17 Aug 19:06 2009
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Re: Looking for replacement CD-Rom for Droid Developer Kit (9748)

In lugnet.robotics, Tom Tuddenham wrote:
> Oops.. absolutely correct - do I feel like an idiot? :)
>
> As Doug says, the brick can only be programmed in a limited sense
> using VLL. The way we do it is via a Spybotics robot, programmed
> using NQC and connected to the Microscout via a light-tube.
>
> Not really the answer (unless you have a Spybotics) - sincere
> apologies for leading you up the garden path. And thanks to Doug for
> correcting me.
>
> Cheers
> Tom

I didn't think there would be a programming software on the disk - but the box
and the instruction manual indicated that there were instructions for additional
models on the disk. 

Claude Baumann | 20 Aug 13:46 2009
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Re: another comparison

In lugnet.robotics, Claude Baumann wrote:
> We have compared the sampling and computing speed of NXT and RCX. NXT uses
> standard firmware 1.03 and is programmed with the LabVIEW toolkit. RCX is
> programmed with ULTIMATE ROBOLAB. Both bricks do the same thing: computing the
> DFT on a small dataset of 128 points that are read from the legacy light-sensor
> on a shaft encoder that is rotated with a legacy motor. ULTIMATE ROBOLAB keeps
> the whole system running (managing sensors, sound, display, buttons,
> IR-communication...) e.a. all the things that the standard firmware also is
> doing; so there is no reduced funtionality and thus no tricky speed gain. Both
> programs are absolutely comparable. But the RCX operates the sampling plus DFT
> 22.8 times faster than NXT! This is intriguing.
> Beating the RCX is not that simple !

Now the new LabVIEW NXT tookit 2.0 that includes firmware 1.26 drastically beets
the RCX performance ( http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/4435 ).

We repeated the experiment and now the NXT runs the DFT much faster than the RCX
with more features: power-spectrum (needs floating point data) with graph on the
NXT display; life graphs on the PC. Please consult the new experiment:

http://www.convict.lu/htm/rob/RFT_second.htm

So, congrates to LEGO and NI for this excellent programming work.

( Btw legoengineering (Tufts CEEO) offers free download of fw 1.28:
http://legoengineering.com/library/doc_details/250-nxt-firmware-v128.html )

Claude

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John Hansen | 31 Aug 16:11 2009
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Re: NXT utilities for Mac OS X

In lugnet.robotics.nxt, John Hansen wrote:
> In lugnet.robotics.nxt, John Hansen wrote:
>> I've posted a zip containing some very early versions of my NXT utilities (tool
>> windows from BricxCC) for Mac OS X.  Currently they appear to require Leopard to
>> run and they also require the LEGO FANTOM drivers for Mac OS X.
>>
>> http://forums.nxtasy.org/index.php?s=&showtopic=4090&view=findpost&p=31847
>>
>> There are GUI issues that I will try to resolve over the next few days.  These
>> utilities are built using Lazarus/Free Pascal for Mac OS X.  They are universal
>> binaries.  They are built from the same source code that I use to build BricxCC
>> on Windows.
>
> I uploaded a new nxttools.zip late last night which now enables the tools to run
> on Tiger as well as Leopard.  See my post from last night in the thread above.

Cross posting to lugnet.robotics in case this announcement got missed in the nxt
subgroup.  If you use a Mac and have an NXT you might be interested in trying
out the Mac versions of most of the tool windows from BricxCC.

http://forums.nxtasy.org/index.php?s=&showtopic=4090&view=findpost&p=31955

John Hansen

GRK_Astronomer | 31 Aug 16:53 2009

Re: list of NXT sites


Some other programming sites that support NXT/RCX:

LeJOS: http://lejos.sourceforge.net/
pbLUA: http://www.hempeldesigngroup.com/lego/pbLua/

Likewise, one may find a lot of programming development on
http:www.sourceforge.net and then conduct a search on NXT, Mindstorms, etc.

Now, let's have some fun!

James F. Kelly wrote:
> 
> I got an email from a blog reader the other day requesting a summary of
> all the NXT-related sites I've come across.  I figured I'd just post it
> here so I don't have to re-type it down the road.  Please add URLs because
> I'm certain I've missed some.  And apologies if I missed yours... I just
> grabbed the ones I could find off of existing blogs and websites.  Thanks.
> 
> Jim Kelly
> http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com
> 
> www.mindstorms.com
> www.legoeducation.com
> http://mynxt.matthiaspaulscholz.eu/
> http://legoeducation.typepad.com/
> http://www.nxtasy.org/
> http://www.bnxt.com/blog/
> http://www.jstuber.net/
> http://www.hitechnic.com/
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