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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.





   Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0

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!


Lego Mindstorms NXTImproved 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?
What makes Mindstorms so elegant is that its simple-to-learn programming can control robots that perform such complex functions. Robot construction is like putting together regular LEGOs, everything snaps together. The instruction book lays out step-by-step plans for several robots.

Lego Mindstorms NXT RobotThe 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!Lego Mindstorms NXT

Everything about system has been optimized for ease of use. The most amazing example of this is the programming. The visual programming environment allows you to drag, drop and stack commands and bits of code on your computer screen. This means there is no program code to write!

Blocks of code that represent commands are graphically displayed as icons. You can choose from a long list of commands such as left and right turns, reverse, sound effects, pauses, sensor settings, motor speed, or custom-designed functions. Drag the icons together into a row and arrange them into a logical order for a full-fledged, event-driven program. The process is not unlike the physical act of assembling Lego bricks. With two clicks of the mouse, you can upload your program to the RCX, then hit the "run" button and your creation goes to work.

Educational and Fun!
Lego Mindstorms robotsMindStorms is one of the most potent educational products ever. There is no better way to teach kids about computers and mechanics than to let them build an actual working machine and program it. But the real news here is that this "kids" toy is one of the best robotics kits ever produced for the adult robot hobbyist! Less than half of the Mindstorms systems are for kids, the rest are purchased by adults for their own use. It is a testament to the product's success that Mindstorms is challenging enough to stimulate engineers and robot hobbyists, yet simple enough to engage the technical neophyte!

Lego Mindstorms NXT Includes:
*  519 specially selected Lego Technic elements
*  Three interactive servo motors
*  Built-in rotation sensors to for precise control
*  Ultrasonic visual, sound, and touch sensors
*  Improved light sensor detects different colors
*  Matrix display and speaker
*  USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support
*  Easy-to-use PC and Mac compatible interface

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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.


   The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo!: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Building Animals with NXT

Whether 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!

The first part of the book introduces you to the NXT kit and reviews the parts you'll need in order to begin building. Next, you'll learn how to program with the NXT-G programming language, including how to make mini-programs called My Blocks that you can use to build larger programs. Finally, you'll learn how to build each robot and program it to act like its real animal cousins.

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.

The models in this book have been tested repeatedly - and built successfully - by novice builders, so all you have to do is follow the directions and watch them go. Now, let the building begin!

Learn to build and program the following robots:

* Ribbit, a jumping frog
* Bunny, a hopping rabbit
* Sandy, a walking camel
* Spiderbot, an eight-legged walking spider that avoids objects
* Snout, a walking alligator that opens and closes its jaws
* Legosaurus, a four-legged, plodding dinosaur
* Pygmy, a walking elephant that raises and lowers its head
* Polecat, a skunk on wheels that lifts its tail and shoots "darts"
* Strutter, a peacock on wheels that turns and flutters its tail

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   The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide

The 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.

The first part of the book contains a brief introduction to the NXT set. You'll then examine the pieces in the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Next, you'll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears. Then it's time to learn how to program with the official NXT-G programming language (and learn a bit about several unofficial programming languages). You'll also learn what author David J. Perdue calls the Mindstorms method: a strategy for creating your own robots.

You'll also find an NXT-G Quick Reference, which provides information on the 30 types of standard programming blocks, and the Lego Mindstorms NXT Piece Library, which features detailed information and images of the more than 80 types of Lego pieces in the NXT set.

So go ahead. Grab your NXT set, fire up your creative mind, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide!

You'll follow step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots (all of which can be built using only the parts found in one NXT set). These six robots include:
* Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
* Bumper-Bot, explores your room and avoids objects
* Claw-Bot, searches for objects and pushes them with its claw
* Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to "tag" it with a flashlight
* Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches balls
* Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that hits a ball into the target

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   The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book

If 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.

Follow along with the Mindstorms NXT experts as they explain the fundamentals of programming and design, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the Mindstorms NXT system. You'll get an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears, and so on) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots. The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.

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!

Here are just a few of the robots you'll learn to build in The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book:

* RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Paper, Scissors
* 3D PhotoBot, takes photos that can be converted to 3D images
* Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever
* ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT's LCD
* Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot
* CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robot

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   Lego Mindstorms NXT One-Kit Wonders: Ten Inventions to Spark Your Imagination

The 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!

This book will make it simple for you to construct even the most complex of these ten robots, all while you learn the ins and outs of the NXT kit.

Armed with the knowledge you gain from this book, you'll be inventing your own amazing creations in no time.

You'll learn to build and program:
* PunchBot, a robot programmed using old-fashioned punch cards
* M, a robot that sorts your M&M candies by color
* NXT Dragster, a super-fast racecar
* BobBot, a versatile skid-steer loader with a demolition claw
* RoboLock, a security system for your robots
* The Hand, a robotic hand
* SPC, a robotic vehicle that can park itself between two objects
* The Bike, a two-wheeled robot that can balance and steer

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    Creating Cool Mindstorms NXT Robots

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.

What you'll learn

* How to create award-winning robots from scratch to final programming.
* How to build each robot and which materials to use.
* Why certain features have specific designs.
* How to program your robot-all code is available for free download.
* Inspiration and tips and tricks on robotics, a particularly valuable resource for teachers and students.

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   Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms NXT

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:
Understanding Lego Geometry
Playing with Gears
Controlling Motors
Reading Sensors
What's New with the NXT?
Building Strategies
Programming the NXT
Playing Sounds and Music
Becoming Mobile
Getting Pumped: Pneumatics

Finding and Grabbing Objects
Doing the Math
Knowing Where You Are
Classic Projects
Building Robots That Walk
Robotic Animals
Solving a Maze
Drawing and Writing
Racing Against Time
Hand-to-Hand Combat
Searching for Precision

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    Extreme NXT: Extending the Lego Mindstorms NXT to the Next Level

Extreme 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 different sensors.

This makes a great reference for the NXT hardware interfaces. Examples even come complete with multiple, alternative NXT languages. The book is also has abundant illustrations.

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.

This is generally regarded as the best book for advanced Lego Mindstorms experimenters.


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