Synopses & Reviews
Over two dozen fun and challenging projects using the next generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ and the Java™ programming language
LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT is an incredible new kit for building and programming your own robotic inventions. Maximum Lego NXT introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3D rendered building instructions and hundreds of illustrations to help you realize your robotic dreams.
Using Java™, the most popular and easy to use programming language available, this book will give you endless entertainment and exploration. It introduces the new LEGO® NXT kit, including the NXT intelligent brick and Bluetooth™. Maximum NXT includes: Easy to follow instructions by the author of Core LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Programming Explanations for all available sensors and expansion products available for the NXT kit, including unique projects interfacing a video camera, cell phone, GPS, data gloves, and many more An exciting collection of 14 robots, including a chess playing robot, an exoskeleton for your hand, a Mars Rover, a robotic arm you can control through the Internet, a 3D object scanner, soccer robots, and many more Introduces over two dozen in-depth programming projects including navigation, mapping, precise robotic arm control, voice control and global localization Artificial Intelligence concepts including Vision analysis, Rodney Brooks' Subsumption Architecture, and Reinforcement Learning Exciting projects that use third-party sensors like compass, tilt sensor, and port expanders A full chapter on building with the new LEGO stud-less brick paradigm. A complete tutorial on programming Java™ How to install a free development environment for leJOS NXJ, the Java™ Virtual Machine for the NXT Foreword by Søren Lund, Director of LEGO MINDSTORMS
Maximum LEGO NXT is the ultimate LEGO MINDSTORMS guide:
Meet NXT leJOS NXJ Java for Primates The leJOS NXJ API LEGO Parts Building 101 Bite into Bluetooth Grabby Robots Sound Robots with Vision Standing Tall Localization Mapping Path-finding Hands & Exoskeletons Network Robotics Scanning Behavior-Based Robots Expanding the NXT GPS & Harsh Terrain Speech Appendices Index
"[This book] succeeds brilliantly in the difficult tasks of introducing the reader to the Java language, to the Mindstorms system, and to some programming techniques peculiar to robotics . . . in such a pleasant way that [the reader] doesn't even realize [he or she is] learning new concepts." Mario Ferrari, author, Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms
More than two dozen fun and challenging projects using the next generation of LEGO® Mindstorms™ and the Java™ programming language are included in this guide. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is an incredible updated kit for building and programming robots and this book introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3-D rendered building instructions, and hundreds of illustrations to guide engineers and amateurs alike. With easy-to-follow instructions, a full chapter on building with the LEGO stud-less brick paradigm, and a complete tutorial on programming Java, this guide has been revised for the latest version of leJOS NXJ and provides more exciting projects that include Bluetooth, navigation, and integration with new devices such as smart phones and game controllers. The projects include a walking robot, a laser sensor, beacon navigation, WiFi control, precise robotic arm control with a SCARA robot and omni-wheels.
About the Author
Brian Bagnall is the author of several computer books for Variant Press, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall PTR, and Syngress Publishing. He is a key developer of leJOS, the Java SDK for LEGO MINDSTORMS. Brian is the author of the groundbreaking Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming, which has been translated into French and Japanese. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer and Developer and co-author of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide.