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The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide

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Publisher Comments:

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set includes a variety of powerful electronic parts (motors, sensors, and the programmable NXT microcomputer) and lots of building elements. With these parts you can create thousands of unique, intelligent robots. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide helps you to harness the capabilities of the NXT set and effectively plan, build, and program your own NXT robots.

The first part of the book contains a brief introduction to the NXT set. You'll then examine the pieces in the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Next, you'll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears. Then it's time to learn how to program with the official NXT-G programming language (and learn a bit about several unofficial programming languages). You'll also learn what author David J. Perdue calls the MINDSTORMS method: a strategy for creating your own robots. Finally, you'll follow step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots (all of which can be built using only the parts found in one NXT set). These six robots include:

  • Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
  • Bumper-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that explores your room and avoids objects
  • Claw-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that searches for objects and pushes them away with its claw
  • Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to "tag" it with a flashlight
  • Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches a ball at intruders
  • Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that finds a target and then hits a ball into the target

You'll also find an NXT-G Quick Reference, which provides information on the 30 types of standard programming blocks, and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Piece Library, which features detailed information and images of the more than 80 types of LEGO pieces in the NXT set.

So go ahead. Grab your NXT set, fire up your creative mind, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide. Covers the NXT 1.0 Kit.

Book News Annotation:

The Lego Mindstorms NXT set includes a variety of electronic parts (motors, sensors, and the programmable NXT microcomputer), as well as building elements, for building robots. This guide gives step by step instructions and b&w illustrations for planning, building, and programming six different robots that perform various tasks, such as throwing balls, playing tag, and searching for objects. The first part of the book contains an introduction to the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Later sections cover building techniques, NXT-G programming languages, and strategies for creating original robots. Perdue has written a previous book on Mindstorms, and has received three Special Mention awards for his creations on the official online Mindstorms invention gallery. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set is a very powerful robotics toolkit, but it lacks a detailed user's guide. This is the user's guide that every MINDSTORMS owner needs. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide begins by introducing the NXT set and directing the reader through setup. Following this is an in-depth discussion of the set's electronic elements and other LEGO pieces as well as building techniques. Next, it covers the NXT-G programming environment and introduces several unofficial programming languages, providing examples of code and programming insights along the way. Finally, it presents a method for designing NXT robots in addition to a series of projects with building and programming instructions for creating complete robots. This book will enable readers at all levels to plan, construct, program, and test their own NXT robots. Includes a MINDSTORMS NXT Brickopedia.

Synopsis:

The LEGO Mindstorms NXT set is a very powerful robotics toolkit, but it lacks a detailed users guide. This is the users guide that every Mindstorms owner needs. Includes a Mindstorms NXT Brickopedia.

About the Author

David J. Perdue is the author of Competitive MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004) and has written for BrickJournal. He has been inventing with MINDSTORMS since 2001 and has received three Special Mention awards for his creations on the official online MINDSTORMS invention gallery. He lives with his family in Round Rock, Texas, and maintains his website at http://www.davidjperdue.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593271541
Author:
Perdue, David J.
Publisher:
No Starch Press
Author:
Perdue, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Robotics
Subject:
Robots
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Robots -- Programming.
Subject:
Robots -- Design and construction.
Subject:
General Crafts & Hobbies
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence-Robotics
Subject:
LEGO;LEGO MINDSTORMS;LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT;LEGO Mindstorms;LEGO Mindstorms NXT;LEGO NXT;NXT
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.8 in 1.66 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set is a very powerful robotics toolkit, but it lacks a detailed user's guide. This is the user's guide that every MINDSTORMS owner needs. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide begins by introducing the NXT set and directing the reader through setup. Following this is an in-depth discussion of the set's electronic elements and other LEGO pieces as well as building techniques. Next, it covers the NXT-G programming environment and introduces several unofficial programming languages, providing examples of code and programming insights along the way. Finally, it presents a method for designing NXT robots in addition to a series of projects with building and programming instructions for creating complete robots. This book will enable readers at all levels to plan, construct, program, and test their own NXT robots. Includes a MINDSTORMS NXT Brickopedia.
"Synopsis" by ,
The LEGO Mindstorms NXT set is a very powerful robotics toolkit, but it lacks a detailed users guide. This is the users guide that every Mindstorms owner needs. Includes a Mindstorms NXT Brickopedia.
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