In the Beginning

  • Michael Gasperi
  • Philippe “Philo” Hurbain


LEGO launched the MINDSTORMS NXT in the fall of 2006. But the story really begins eight years earlier in the fall of 1998, when LEGO introduced the first MINDSTORMS kit:The Robotics Invention System (RIS) with the Robotic Control Explorer (RCX) programmable brick (see Figure 1-1). It represented the evolution of five decades of modular construction techniques from LEGO, with years of computer-based education methods from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Figure 1-1

Robotic Control Explorer (RCX), circa 1998


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© Michael Gasperi and Philippe “Philo” Hurbain 2009

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  • Michael Gasperi
  • Philippe “Philo” Hurbain

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