The Raspberry Pi gets NXTified
Dexter Industries are currently working a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your HDTV. Add a mouse and a keyboard and you have a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It was designed to be used by kids all over the world to learn programming. And she Raspberry Pi will set you back a mere $35.00.
The Raspberry Pi's GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure. That is, graphics capabilities are roughly equivalent to Xbox 1 level of performance. Overall real world performance is something like a 300MHz Pentium 2, only with much, much swankier graphics.
The Dexter Industries LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi turns you the Pi into an LEGO Mindstorms NXT Brick replacement. The Pi has considerably more processing power and flexibility than the LEGO NXT Brick does.
The Raspberry Pi uses the Debian Linux Operating System as the default distribution and is stored on the SD card.. It’s straightforward to replace the root partition on the SD card with another ARM Linux distribution if you want to use something else (there are several available on our downloads page).
Information on the Dexter Industries LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi is limited, with Dexter only releasing the above image as part of their 'http://www.dexterindustries.com/blog/2013/04/01/mysteries-from-dexter-industries-labs/'.
Dexter also published an article entitled: 'LEGO MINDSTORMS Motors with Raspberry Pi (BrickPi 0.1)', which goes onto explain how to control your NXT Motors from a Raspberry Pi. Dexter also posted a quick tutorial to show how to connected LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sensors to the Raspberry Pi.
the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi will most probably come with Python Drivers, as Python is the preferred Language use with the Pi.
Personally I have two Raspberry Pi ready to go. Currently one is used as a Music Server to stream my FLAC Audio files to my Sony Hi-Fi System. The other Pi is used for hacking, with the help of a Gertboard Expansion Board.
As future details emerge on the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi I will report them. Mean while I guess I will have to wait for a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi to play with.