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From: db...@nospam.com (Dave Baum)
Subject: Minstorms beta testing
Date: 1998/08/24
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I don't know any of the details of the Mindstorms beta test, but I was
involved in the Robolab beta test.  (Robolab is the RCX software available
through Dacta).

The Robolab beta test was a *real* beta test.  It ran over several months,
with intermim versions of software released to fix bugs discovered during
the beta.

I am sure that Mindstorms had a similar testing process.  The recently
announced "public beta test", however, seems like more of a publicity and
information gathering exercise than anything else (why else would they
care about family income).  I assume everyone who responded to the beta
test questionaire will get a follow up notice about mindstorms being
available, etc.

Since Mindstorms is now released, I've posting some pictures of a few RCX
creations on my web site:

http://www.enteract.com/~dbaum/lego/creations/index.html

Dave

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From: Larry Pieniazek <l...@voyager.net>
Subject: Re: Minstorms beta testing
Date: 1998/08/24
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Cool models, thanks for the info and the pics! How did you get involved?
That is, who contacted who? Did you get a full set of stuff to play with
and keep?

Dave Baum wrote:
> 
> I don't know any of the details of the Mindstorms beta test, but I was
> involved in the Robolab beta test.  (Robolab is the RCX software available
> through Dacta).
> 
> The Robolab beta test was a *real* beta test.  It ran over several months,
> with intermim versions of software released to fix bugs discovered during
> the beta.
> 
> I am sure that Mindstorms had a similar testing process.  The recently
> announced "public beta test", however, seems like more of a publicity and
> information gathering exercise than anything else (why else would they
> care about family income).  I assume everyone who responded to the beta
> test questionaire will get a follow up notice about mindstorms being
> available, etc.
> 
> Since Mindstorms is now released, I've posting some pictures of a few RCX
> creations on my web site:
> 
> http://www.enteract.com/~dbaum/lego/creations/index.html
> 
> Dave
> 
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> reply to: dbaum at enteract dot com

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From: db...@nospam.com (Dave Baum)
Subject: Re: Minstorms beta testing
Date: 1998/08/24
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In article <35E229BD...@voyager.net>, lp...@ctp.IWANTNOSPAM.com wrote:

>Cool models, thanks for the info and the pics! How did you get involved?
>That is, who contacted who? Did you get a full set of stuff to play with
>and keep?
>

I'll post more pics as I build new things.  I now have an "angle sensor",
and am going to use that instead of the light sensor in a new "counting
car".  This way, I can count rotations of the main axle, and won't be
dependent on the floor for any sort of lines.

I also hope to have a second RCX in a couple of days...most of my ideas
need more than 3 motors, and I'll need to get the two RCX's working
together (yes, its possible - they can exchange simple IR messages).

As for getting involved, part of it was pure chance...Anthony Fudd
(robotics master builder), Ben Erwin (one of the software developers), and
I are all from the same fraternity at MIT.

I got a full Dacta RCX kit...its called "Amusement Park".  There are four
separate projects in the set, all sharing the amusement park theme.  Same
basic mix of stuff as Mindstorms: RCX, 2 motors, 2 touch sensors, 1 light
sensor.  The kit itself is ok - definitely geared to the educational
market.  The latest Pitsco catalog has all of the information on it.

Dave

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