Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms NXT

  • Dan Barry, Former Space Shuttle Astronaut
    • Bryan Bonahoom
      • John Brost
        • Rebeca Dunn-Krahn
          • Richard Li
            • Chris Minamyer
              • Deepak Patil
                • Mac Ruiz
                  • Christian Siagian
                    • Dick Swan
                      • Sivan Toledo
                        • Joshua Whitman
                          • Lawrence Whitman
                            • Guy Ziv
                            • Edited by

                              • David Astolfo, Invited Member of the MINDSTORMS Developer Program and Mindstorms Community Partners (MCP) groups, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


                              • Mario Ferrari, Author of bestselling "Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms", Italy
                              • Guilio Ferrari, Author of bestselling "Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms", Italy

                              The Ultimate Tool for MINDSTORMS® ManiacsThe new MINDSTORMS kit has been updated to include a programming brick, USB cable, RJ11-like cables, motors, and sensors. This book updates the robotics information to be compatible with the new set and to show how sound, sight, touch, and distance issues are now dealt with. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and its predecessor, the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System (RIS), have been called "the most creative play system ever developed." This book unleashes the full power and potential of the tools, sensors, and components that make up LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. It also provides a unique insight on newer studless building techniques as well as interfacing with the traditional studded beams. Some of the world's leading LEGO MINDSTORMS inventors share their knowledge and development secrets. You will discover an incredible range of ideas to inspire your next invention. This is the ultimate insider's look at LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT system and is the perfect book whether you build world-class competitive robots or just like to mess around for the fun of it.Featuring an introduction by astronaut Dan Barry and written by Dave Astolfo, Invited Member of the MINDSTORMS Developer Program and MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP) groups, and Mario and Guilio Ferrari, authors of the bestselling Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms, this book covers:Understanding LEGO GeometryPlaying with GearsControlling MotorsReading SensorsWhat's New with the NXT?Building StrategiesProgramming the NXTPlaying Sounds and MusicBecoming MobileGetting Pumped: PneumaticsFinding and Grabbing ObjectsDoing the MathKnowing Where You AreClassic ProjectsBuilding Robots That WalkRobotic AnimalsSolving a MazeDrawing and WritingRacing Against TimeHand-to-Hand CombatSearching for Precision
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                              Lego enthusiasts of all levels


Book information

  • Published: June 2007
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-152-5

Table of Contents

1: Introduction2: Playing with Gears3: Controlling Motors4: Reading Sensors5: What's New with NXT?6: Building Strategies7: Programming the RCX8: Playing Sounds and Music9: Becoming Mobile10: Expanding Your Options with Kits and Creative Solutions11: Getting Pumped: Pneumatics12: Finding and Grabbing Objects13: Doing the Math14: Knowing Where You Are15: Classic Projects16: Building Robots that Walk17: Unconventional Vehicles18: Robotic Animals19: Replicating Renowned Droids20: Solving a Maze21: Board Games22: Electronic Games23: Drawing and Writing24: Constructing Useful Stuff25: Racing Against Time26: Hand-to-Hand Combat27: Searching for Precision