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Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots (Technology in Action) 1st Corrected ed. 2008. Corr. 4th printing 2008 Edition
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In 2002, Danny scraped together enough money to purchase the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System. From that moment on, he began to think about building a career out of his love for LEGO!
In 2006, he was selected by The LEGO Company as a member of the MINDSTORMS Developer Program, and in 2007 he became a MINDSTORMS Community Partner (MCP). His EL3CTRIC GUITAR model is one of LEGO's twelve official bonus models that you can build with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Retail set 31313.
Danny's other well-known robots include the Rubik's Cube solver, which can independently solve any 3x3 Rubik's cube in less than a minute; LEGONARDO, a humanoid robot which can draw anything; and Cyclops, a mecha that can walk, talk, gesticulate, and can be even controlled with a suit worn by its human operator.
He is the author of several books: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory (No Starch Press), LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots (No Starch Press), and Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots (Apress). Danny holds an MSc degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Siena.
Danny is currently working as a free-lance LEGO designer and as high school teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys composing songs and music for spots and short films.
Top Customer Reviews
Most of the robots seem intended for more advanced users looking for a challenge; in other words, these are generally more complex robots. For example, there are several walking robots--including three bipeds (two-legged robots), one of the most difficult types of robots to create. And with the exception of the massive, multi-NXT robot "JohnNXT" (chapter 8) and a remote control (chapter 9), you can build all the robots from the parts in a single retail LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set. All the programming in the book is done in NXC (Not eXactly C), an unofficial text-based language with a C-like syntax.
Along the way you'll find in-depth explanations of robotics concepts and helpful descriptions of the robots. Besides an entire "theory chapter" on building biped robots (chapter 1) and another such chapter on finite state machines (chapter 3), the robot chapters themselves include explanations of concepts such as hysteresis, writing a multitask program, and quadruped (four-legged) walking as well as information on the robots' functionality and history. The author also does a good job of presenting and explaining the programming. Although prior NXC experience is helpful, such experience is not required.Read more ›
I would hate to be without it now!
One of the better books at this moment for the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotic set. This book is clearly written and despite the black and white images, the building instructions are also very clearly written.
This book is obviously written by people who know what they are doing and motivated to reach the highest standards.
After a short program in the Nxt-G programming language, they started to use the NXC programming language for the rest of the book. What makes this book so outstanding, everything is very well documented and everything is explained in great detail.
This is also an easy and pleasant to read book. And many times you find here what is missing in other books. For me, esspecially the introduction of NXC was very usefull. I wanted to use C for a long time, but I did not found the answers I was searching. This book takes its time to show you the mechanics behind th programming language. It teaches you clearly how to construct event tables and how you can visualise the design process, structuring your thaughts.
Also the walking models are very interesting. It gives you a clearly understanding about the problems of let a robot succesfully walk.
What I do missing is coverage of the acceleration, gyroscopic and compass sensors. It should be nice if those sensors also where covered in this book. But it is almost impossible to cover everything and an author has to draw a line.
The projects are well choosen and all very interesting. Personally Quasimodo I find the less interesting robot. While NXT AT-ST is in my opinion a very nice project to understand a walking robot. But I have to be honest, at this moment I am building the AT-ST robot. I did not have the time to build the other robots.Read more ›
And now that my amazon order arrived and I have it in my hands I am really happy I decided to go with it. Even if it states that it is intended for more experienced users I still think anyone can benefit from reading it. I am already through the first few chapters, built one robot and I love the way it is written. Also other pros are the code can be downloaded from the web and the fact that it tells from the start which robots can be built with the regular NXT set (I don't have 3 sets so I won't be able to build JohnNXT but at least I know this from the start).
One thing I am really grateful for is the steps for connecting the NXT brick to the PC via Bluetooth. I tried to do this before following the steps in the Mindstorms docs (initiating the connection from the brick) and even if the NXT connected fine with the PC, the Mindstorms software could not see it. I gave up thinking the BT driver on my computer is somehow unable to connect properly. After following the steps in the Appendix in this book (and initiated the connection from the BT device manager on the PC) I was able to connect not only the Bricxx IDE but also the Mindstorms software. This is a huge breakthrough - no more wires that need to be connected to load the program and disconnected later to run it. Just this simple aspect makes purchasing this book great, at least for me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the product was exactly what I needed at the time that I purchased it and the purchase process was smooth and efficient.Published on March 31, 2013 by Andrew Helyer
Well laid out book, easy to read. Step by Step instruction were clealr and conciise. I would reccommend to any Mindstorms enthusiast.Published on February 3, 2013 by Mark Kelly
My son loves this book. He has had it for almost 2 years and still loves it. He has sucessfully created several of the robots without trouble. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by SouthernBelle
I bought this book for my grandson's 11th birthday. He is thrilled with the book and is trying to learn the code. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Bob Oaks