October 2007, 320 pp.
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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. Finally, 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:
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.
Be sure to visit the book's companion site (http://nxtguide.davidjperdue.com/) and the sample videos at YouTube:
About the Author
David J. Perdue is the author of Competitive MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004) and has written for BrickJournal. He has been inventing with MINDSTORMS since 2001 and has received three Special Mention awards for his creations on the official online MINDSTORMS invention gallery. He lives with his family in Round Rock, Texas, and maintains his website at http://www.davidjperdue.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
Part II: Building
Part III: Programming
Part IV: Projects
App A: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Piece Library
"With very solid how-tos, an awesome programming section as well as cool robots, the Inventor's Guide has a lot to offer both brand-new users as well as experienced builders. Best of all, the models described in the book use parts from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT starter set, so you don't have to be a power user to get started building."
"This book is an excellent introduction to LEGO robotics and, frankly, is what should have come in the box with the NXT kit. If you want to learn about NXT robots, you need to get this book."
"I recommend this book highly for its in-depth tutorials, the visual schematics and the quality of the reading that makes the information well understood. No one said building robots was easy but with this book, you will learn and go further than you thought you could achieve."
"I was very pleased with the approach taken by this book, the diagrams/illustrations, and the overall tone taken. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to take their MINDSTORMS experience further."
"LEGOs, for me, have never been something to write about or something that could easily be discussed - they were about showing. With the evolution of LEGOs, the task of showing has become more difficult - but Mr. Perdue stood up to the task and performed so admirably that this book must not be left dormant on a shelf. That would be a sin... The only thing that I think could have made it better would have been it coming with the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit itself."
"For [those] whose minds are racing with ideas and simply need the tools to equip themselves to fabricate their first LEGO warrior, David Perdue's NXT Inventor's Guide is a perfect starting point."
"By making it easy and fun to learn robotics, Perdue's book should be a useful addition to getting the most out of your Mindstorms NXT kit. And even for those who don't own the $250 kit, reading this book (for an affordable $30) should provide a comprehensive introduction to the product. If you then decide to purchase the kit, you'll already have a great reference tool."
"Perdue takes you step by step into the Mindstorms NXT's rich, fascinating little world of pegs, gears, and electronic parts."