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|Lego Mindstorms is the first affordable, mass-market robotics lab! For
decades, LEGO has provided snappable, stackable plastic bricks for
creating vehicles, buildings, or whatever else your imagination can
produce. MindStorms adds a computerized brick, motors, sensors, and a
set of software "bricks" that are snapped together on a PC screen and
transmitted to the smart LEGO brick with an infrared beam.
Create the smartest, strongest and most advanced Lego robots ever, in as few as 30 minutes! Lego Mindstorm's highly versatile palette of Lego Technic elements combines with state-of-the-art ultrasonic, sound, light and touch sensors in the next generation of intuitive robotics. With included Quick-Start guide and step-by-step building instructions, beginners and experts alike can create humanoid, vehicle and animal robots that obey every command!
Improved light sensors can detect different colors and intensities, while the new sound sensor enables robots to respond to sound patterns and tones. Robots can really "feel" with improved touch sensors, while ultrasonic "eyes" measure distance and movement. Mindstorms now works with both PC and Macintosh, plus with Bluetooth support, you can even command your robot from your mobile phone!
What Can You Invent?
The Mindstorms system has been used to create alarm devices that sense when someone passes through a doorway; coin-sorters that distinguish coins by detecting their diameter, a candy dispenser that dishes up sweets according to simple bar codes, and a wandering robot that takes pictures with an onboard camera. The devices are intelligent enough to follow paths (via markings on the floor), and move around obstacles.
One gifted robot maker invented a LEGO copy machine. It uses the light sensor to detect dark and light regions on one piece of paper and duplicate them on another with a felt-tip pen. He also invented a card-dealing robot that uses a complex mechanical movement to separate the cards. Of course, you're not going to be an expert from the start, but in an hour or two you can be making machines that appear to think!
Educational and Fun!
LEGO Mindstorms Books
Don't worry, you won't need to buy any books to have a ton of fun with your Mindstorms kit. But if you want to take it one step further and get the most from the system, you may be interested in one or more of these books.
you're just beginning with your Lego Mindstorms NXT set or are already an
expert, you'll have hours of fun with these animal-like models that walk,
crawl, hop, and roll!
Troubleshooting tips help you avoid problems like
misarranged gears and incorrect programming, while a list of Internet
resources is included to help guide you in further exploration with the NXT.
Teachers and home educators will appreciate an appendix with helpful
suggestions for using the models in the classroom.
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.
you're serious about having fun with Lego robotics, you've come to the right
place. The team of experts that authored the book has packaged its considerable
skills and experience in this guide. Inside, you'll find some of the team's
best ideas for creating cool and sophisticated models, including
instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.
Lego fans of all ages will find this book to be an ideal jumping-off point for doing more with Mindstorms NXT. The only ingredient you need to add is your imagination!
creative minds behind The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book are back with a brand-new collection
of innovative robots. Whether you're just getting started with Lego robotics
or have been building and programming robots for years, Lego Mindstorms NXT
One-Kit Wonders is packed with new and exciting techniques, advice, and
robots that guarantee awesome results. And best of all, you'll only need one
NXT Retail kit to build all ten of them!
Build and program Mindstorms NXT robots with Daniele Benedettelli, one of the world's most respected NXT robot builders. He shows you how to build and program them from scratch, starting with the simplest robots and progressing in difficulty to a total of seven award-winning robots!
You can download all the code, along with videos that show how your robot works when it's finished. You don't need to be a programmer to develop these cool robots because all the code is provided, but advanced developers will enjoy seeing the secrets of Benedettelli's code and techniques revealed.
This book is for anyone interested in building robots or seeing how it is done and programmers interested in learning how robots are programmed.
The Lego Mindstorms NXT has 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.
This book covers:
NXT: Extending the Lego Mindstorms NXT to the Next Level is for
intermediate to advanced users of NXT who would like to expand their capabilities
by learning some of the basics of electronics. Plenty of examples are
provided, and easy-to-follow instructions are included for building over 15
Chapters are broken down into sensor and output types, starting with the more basic and easily constructed passive sensors up to more advanced and expandable I2C sensors. Motor control, H-bridges, etc are also covered in detail. Both the construction of the circuits, and the NXT code to run them, are explained. Code is provided in it's most basic form first, (NXT-G), which every NXT user will be familiar with. Examples proceed to more complex compilers, such as NBC, for sensors or circuits that are better suited to those implementations.
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