When I was still in UK, I happened to meet a friend in Sheffield. He impressed me with a lot of things and ideas, but one thing stood out – his kids are messing around with Lego Mindstorm, and it was the first time I encountered it.
I thought I’d buy it for my kids, but it’s rather hard to find. Then I got busy with other things.
Today I read a post on Slashdot.org regarding Mindstorms and lack of its popularity in Lego. Thankfully, a poster told about a (seemingly worthy) competitor – FischerTechnik
When my kids have grown up a bit more, I’d like to buy a few pieces of this, and get them started in (robotics) engineering; and see if they’re interested on it. If not, I can always put the kit available for loan, to whoever could use it.
Heck, it may be a good idea to create a robotic club, so my kids would be more enthusiastic about this (since they’ll be doing it with others).
If you know of other good alternative to Lego Mindstorms, do feel free to comment.