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Oct 17, 2010

Inexpensive Solar Power Comes to Lego Mindstorms NXT

For $90 Dexter Industries will sell you a solar panel that provides enough juice to power an NXT control brick and one servo. Surely, Lego Mindstorms Mars missions aren't far behind.

The 9V/250mA panel seems to sync up with your Mindstorms kit easily enough, and if you want expand beyond that the company also offers a bunch of NXT-compatible capacitor packs, battery packs and a connector that lets builders daisy chain up to three panels on a single build.

54 comments:

snoobyy said...

nice. i should pick that up.

Jace said...

Oh if only it weren't so bulky.

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Car Enthusiast said...

Awesome

Galwarrior said...

Unts unts unts ;)

Simon said...

That does seem quite bulky

ElChristo said...

What happened to simple lego? all these gadgets and addons...

thecatzpajamas said...

why do they even make these

glosey said...

i'd get one

Miles Prower said...

cool

Colin B said...

I wonder how fast it goes

infostation said...

That just looks awesome!

Rezden said...

What? I think this justifies my love for lego.

Crunky said...

so it can fly nao?

Pro said...

I love the mindstorm, but this is a great idea with the solar panels I need them.

Luigibomb said...

Thats a bit impractical.

Koniworld said...

nice post... we can see that we keep creating ha?

Drackar said...

The potential of something like this is kinda huge.

Synthetic Soiree said...

solar power is so rad. love it

MTL beer said...

I so want one lol

Pig Disgusting said...

god dang i love legos

swizzfor said...

that looks awesome

newdaysofglory said...

wow that would be nice

Shelby Fox said...

That's awesome, and environmentally friendly....and lego (best part)

zorancro1 said...

90$ isnt much for this
like it

Telia Tuli said...

i'd like to try this out

Mutefox said...

...and I thought Legos couldn't get any better

Ichirandu said...

Toys are getting cooler and cooler these days

icøn¡c said...

that's too cool, cut the cost on mars rovers by a cool couple mil.

IndustrialHaze said...

wow lego is goign above and beyond
i remember back when you had to make lego people out of bricks

Fred Stevens said...

Looks pretty nifty'

Pandor42 said...

Amazing, lego keeps leveling up and keeping the interest of just about everyone.

ikatashi said...

Im comin at you bro!

zeN said...

this is just fkn awesome!

mirk said...

I'd buy one.

gomby said...

i played with these in my engineering class. OMG so fun

nikefootballbh08 said...

very cool

JHenry said...

90 buck isn't too bad

Guy Incognito said...

when I was young, LEGO meant a bunch of blocks that you could put together and nothing more :D

Mario said...

i'd like to get one ):

Ishu said...

Woah, so cool and for 90 bucks??? excellent!

Nikola Begedin said...

That thing is awesome. I didn't really follow lego for over a decade. had no idea it got so advanced.

Carl said...

Imagine what the toys of the future will look like!

Blake said...

solar power is also coming back to the white house! talk about exciting

kabello said...

haha lego inovating again, and lego actually is very expansive

Kartoffeln said...

Really? Lego?

Primarch Solyeuse said...

That's the coolest fucking thing!

hippilazma said...

creepy machine , looks useful

Robotface Palm said...

future is here

Sparrow said...

as more and more people explore the tech of solar energy, the cheaper it will get.

Suciô Sanchez said...

Wouldn't get very far where I live for the next 6 months.

Indie0987 said...

I had Mindstorms when I was a kid.. this could make me dig it out again.

The Game Store Guy said...

Now if we could only get this to be a legit means of energy production.

VDog said...

sick

Bren said...

lego is effin awesome to do this.