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Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for Extending Mindstorms Nxt with Open-Source Electronicsby John Baichtal
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Make amazing robots and gadgets with two of todays hottest DIY technologies. With this easy-to-follow guide, youll learn how to build devices with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, the Arduino prototyping platform, and some add-on components to bridge the two. Mindstorms alone lets you create incredible gadgets. Bring in Arduino for some jaw-dropping functionality—and open a whole new world of possibilities.
Build a drink dispenser, music synthesizer, wireless lamp, and more
Each fun and fascinating project includes step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to guide you through the process. Learn how to set up an Arduino programming environment, download the sketches and libraries you need, and work with Arduinos language for non-programmers. Its a perfect book for students, teachers, hobbyists, makers, hackers, and kids of all ages.
You'll need the Bricktronics shield created for this book by Open Source Hardware kit maker Wayne and Layne, or you can build a breadboarded equivalent (see Chapter 10) for about $25 in parts.
Make amazing robots and gadgets by combining two of the hottest DIY technologies: the venerable LEGO and the upstart Arduino. With this book, youll learn how to take LEGO Mindstorms components—motors, sensors, and more—and interface them with the Arduino microcontroller, opening many exciting new options.
Youll focus on six projects, each more challenging and informative than the next. In each project, youll explore different ways that Arduino adds functionality to LEGO Mindstorms. In addition, the authors have created affordable companion kits designed specifically for the projects in this book. Perfect for students, teachers, hobbyists, makers, hackers, and kids.
About the Author
John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He is the co-author of The Cult of Lego and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement.
A May 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Matthew is now a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In February 2010, he, along with Adam Wolf co-founded Wayne and Layne, a company that makes open source electronics.
A cube worker by day, a hacker and maker at night, Adam Wolf relentlessly strives to bring this world closer to his cyber wearable Web 3.0 augmented-reality adhocratic hive-minded vision. In February 2010, he, along with Matthew Beckler co-founded Wayne and Layne, a company that makes open source electronics.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Project: DrawbotChapter 2: Anatomy of Lego RoboticsChapter 3: Arduino InterludeChapter 4: Project: ClockChapter 5: Project: Chocolate Milk MakerChapter 6: Basic Electronic TheoryChapter 7: GripperbotChapter 8: Project: KeytarChapter 9: Project: LampChapter 10: Advanced TechniquesColophon
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