Synopses & Reviews
Three MINDSTORMS experts have joined with the maintainer of the legOS HOWTO to produce the book that all advanced users of LEGO MINDSTORMS have been waiting for. Each author has written material based on his specialty. Dave Baum shows you how to take Not Quite C (NQC) to its limits. Ralph Hempel explains the ins and outs of pbForth. Michael Gasperi teaches you how to build numerous custom sensors with simple, systematic instructions. Luis Villa show you how (and when) to upgrade MINDSTORMS' built-in operating system to take advantage of the extra power of legOS, a complete C environment for the RCX.
Extreme MINDSTORMS: An Advanced Guide to LEGO MINDSTORMS starts with an overview of the RCX firmware and includes a whole chapter on RCX 2.0. Next, the book concentrates on the steps needed to build Seeker, a light-seeking robot, and to program it in NQC. Later chapters extend Seeker's functionality using pbForth and legOS. The book concludes with two chapters on building both custom passive and custom powered sensors. These sensors can take LEGO MINDSTORMS to levels impossible to achieve with just the parts supplied in the box or available through normal channels.
Five experts in Mindstorm programming present advanced techniques for building and programming robots using LEGO bricks and LEGO's RCX Code, presenting advanced sample projects and coverage of LegOS, pfForth, and sensor development.
The sequel to Baum's earlier book "Definitive Guide to LEGO Mindstorms", this book is designed to take the experienced user of Mindstorms to the next level, using a dream team of designers from the Mindstorm community. Containing such information as topics on sensor development, pbForth and legOS.
This book is designed to take the experienced user of Mindstorms to the next level. It contains information available nowhere else on such topics as sensor development, pbForth and LegOS. Numerous projects are presented with simple systematic instructions, and though the topics covered are advanced, readers should be able to assemble the projects and understand how they work without any prior knowledge of electronics.About the authors: The authors of Extreme Mindstorms are widely regarded as some of the leading gurus for serious Mindstorm development. Dave Baum is the creator of NQC, the most powerful language available for programming Mindstorm robots. Luis Villa has maintained an extensive collection of information on legOS, and Hempel is an authority on constructing custom Mindstorms sensors. Each author has written a section of the book based on his specialty.
Table of Contents
Foreword.- Extreme MINDSTORMS.- The RCX.- Seeker, A Light Seeking Robot.- RCX 2.0 Firmware.- Introduction to pbForth.- Programming Seeker in pbForth.- Introduction to legOS.- Advanced legOS.- Homebrew Passive Sensors.- Homebrew Powered Sensors.- Appendices.