Brainstorm with Mindstorms
LEGO robots made easy
Books LEGO has been taken to the next dimension with the Mindstorms NXT intelligent bricks. These brick-shaped computers allow you to program your LEGO robot using the menus provided. If you wish, more complicated programs and sound files can be downloaded using a USB port or Bluetooth.
Robotics has never been more fun, and the books we've reviewed for you this week cover all aspects of the NXT technology right up to the simulation of Da Vinci's inventions. All books are at our special promotional price of 40 per cent off*.
Extreme NXT: Extending the LEGO Mindstorms NXT to the Next Level
Written by three world-leading experts in LEGO Mindstorms homebrew hardware, this book contains the detailed instructions for the construction of sensors and other extensions to the NXT. Over 15 cool projects are explained with well-illustrated, clear, step-by-step instructions, so even if you only have limited experience in electronics you can easily follow what's going on.
Advanced NXT: The Da Vinci Inventions Book
The popularity of NXT and the success of The Da Vinci Code book and movie are combined in this fascinating book. Projects for building and programming five of Leonardo's most famous inventions are covered in detail: the Tank, the Helicopter, the Catapult, the Flying Machine, and the Revolving Bridge. Written for serious NXT programmers, this book covers the most popular programming environments available today, is abundantly illustrated and includes sample code and countless best practice strategies.
LEGO Mindstorms NXT-G Programming Guide
LEGO Mindstorms NXT-G Programming Guide is suitable for young programmers, age ten and up, as well as parents and teachers who want to learn the new language for themselves. This book includes easy-to-follow examples as well as a test robot to run your programs on. Grasp the basics of the NXT-G visual programming language fast with this book.
Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms NXT
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.
THE LEGO Mindstorms NXT Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build
If you're serious about having fun with LEGO robotics, you've come to the right place. The team behind The NXT STEP blog - the authoritative online source for Mindstorms NXT information and advice - has packaged its considerable skills and experience into this book. 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.
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Re: Lego? Pff...
I've seen a lot of fancy stuff in lego. It takes real talent to build a robust engineering solution with lego - anyone can do it with real industrial-strength metal parts.
Oh, and this book should be on the list, but because it's just too cool to leave out:
Fischer Technik is king. Then meccano. Then lego.
That is all.