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The Lego Mindstorms Nxt Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build
Synopses & Reviews
If you're serious about having fun with LEGO robotics, you've come to the right place. The team behind The NXT STEP blog - the authoritative online source for MINDSTORMS NXT information and advice - has packaged its considerable skills and experience in this book. Inside, you'll find some of the team's best ideas for creating cool and sophisticated models, including instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.
Follow along with the MINDSTORMS NXT experts as they explain the fundamentals of programming and design, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the MINDSTORMS NXT system. You'll get an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears, and so on) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots.
The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.
Here are just a few of the robots you'll learn to build in The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book:
RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Scissors, Paper 3D PhotoBot, a robot that will help you take photographs that can be converted into 3D images Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT's LCD Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robot
LEGO fans of all ages will find this book to be an ideal jumping off point for doing more with MINDSTORMS NXT. The only ingredient you need to add is your imagination!
Book News Annotation:
Written by contributors to the NXT STEP blog, 15 articles provide instructions for building and programming robots that can play a game, move across sand, take a photograph, grasp an object, play bad music, scan an image, and draw on paper. The opening chapters discuss the NXT-G toy programming language, sensors, Bluetooth, and remote control. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This books chapters on programming and design, CAD-style drawings, and abundance of screenshots make it easy for the reader to master the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit and to build the nine example robots.
This books's chapters on programming and esign, CAD-style drawings, and abundance of screenshots make it easy for the reader to master the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit and to build the nine example robots. Readers learn about the NXT parts (beams, axles, gears, and so on), and how to combine them to build and program working robots like a slot machine (complete with flashing lights and lever), and black-and-white scanner, and even a robot DJ. Chapters cover using the NXT programming language (NXT-G) we well as troubleshooting; design; software' sensors' Bluetooth; even how to create a NXT remote control. LEGO fans of all ages will find this book is an ideal jumping-off point for doing more with their NXT kit.
About the Author
Martijn Boogaarts was one of the initial organizers of LEGO WORLD. He has built several large demonstration models, including the Road-Plate-Laying-Machine, a working car factory (27 RCXs), and a Pinball machine.
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