Programming Lego Mindstorms NXT


  • Owen Bishop, B.Sc (Bristol.), B.Sc (Oxon.), Technical Author, Perth, Australia

Teach your robot new tricks! With this projects-based approach you can program your Mindstorms NXT robot to solve a maze, build a house, run an obstacle course, and many other activities. Along the way you will learn the basics of programming structures and techniques using NXT-G and Microsoft VPL. Includes a DVD w/ e-text, programming code, and link to accompanying website.For hobbyists, and students working on robot projects, Bishop provides the background and tools to program your robot for tasks that go beyond the simple routines provided with the robot kit. The programs range in complexity from simple contact avoidance and path following, to programs generating some degree of artificial intelligence
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1) electronic hobbyist (robot, microcontroller), 2) electronics (robot, microcontroller)projects at high school, votech, and college level.


Book information

  • Published: June 2008
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-278-2


1) electronic hobbyist (robot, microcontroller), 2) electronics (robot, microcontroller) projects at high school, votech, and college level.

Table of Contents

1 Robots come alive2 Talking to your robot3 How to ? How to use sensors How to control motors How to process data How to navigate the robot How to make it intelligent4 Visual Programming Language5 Programming projects 10 programs in total. For the QuickStart vehicle and/or the Tribot:Maze solver, learning best path. Use a marker pen to copy a drawing or sketch a picture. Use a marker pen to write its name. Play Nim against human opponent and learn to win.For the Tribot: Find and pick up a light-colored object; drop it in a dark corner, as a Squirrel might do. A sort of ?roulette? game for those who like to gamble. Robot takes a randomly chosen path on a board marked with a numbered grid. Stops at random. For the RoboArm: Sort a pile of toy building bricks by color (using light sensor or color sensor). Build a ?house? from toy bricks; then (optionally) knock it down! Throw a ball into a cup, and learn to improve accuracy. Play Scissors, Paper, Stone against human opponent and learn to win more often. Play the Breakaway strategic board game against a human opponent.For Spike: Search for light-colored object, avoiding obstacles in its path (example of subsumption architecture. For Alpha Rex:Song and Dance Act: repeats if applauded, sulks if not.Navigate using compass sensor.