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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide Paperback – December 18, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1593272159 ISBN-10: 1593272154 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; Second Edition edition (December 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272159
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David J. Perdue (https://www.davidjperdue.com/) has been inventing robots with MINDSTORMS since 2001. The author of Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo Using LEGO MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004), he has also written for BrickJournal and Computing Unplugged. Perdue is an implementation delivery engineer for EMC, an information infrastructure provider. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, and one of his robots appears on the NXT 2.0 box. Valk is the author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (both No Starch Press), and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he studies Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.


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Good source for innovative projects.
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This book amounts to a comprehensive "missing manual" for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit.
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The programming diagrams were also very good with the use of labels to explain.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This new edition of the Inventor's Guide provides everything one needs to get started with the current Lego Mindstorm's NXT 2.0 set, and importantly gives an organization to structure one's developing parts, assembly and programming knowledge through your increasing knowledge of this fascinating hobby. The authors are both widely published in the Lego NXT community and are engineers themselves with more than a decade each of involvement in this hobby. This extensive handbook begins with a clear and succinct introduction to everything you will find in your NXT 2.0 set, including parts and software installation. It then proceeds with a clear and well illustrated tutorial in constructing structures with the parts, beams and gears. A similar and non-threatening introduction to NXT-G programming follows. Chapter 10 provides a brief but clear introduction to a sound methodology to design and develop NXT robots and projects. The following chapters describe and give a tutorial background for 6 fascinating robotic projects concluding with an electro-mechanical printer similar to early personal computer plotters built entirely in the hardware and programming language of Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. The appendices catalog the parts contained in the set and each of the elements of the NXT-G programming language giving a categorization that will allow one to organize their increasing knowledge.

I highly recommend this well-organized and exciting tutorial to anyone who wishes to learn this fascinating hobby, or to be given along with the set to provide the necessary knowledge to obtain the real benefits of the NXT 2.0 set.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fay Rhodes on January 2, 2011
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This book amounts to a comprehensive "missing manual" for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit.

In dedicated chapters it provides coaching in building basics (how to use gears, for instance) and NXT-G programming. Also, the building and programming instructions for the models they've included are loaded with helpful information. The authors have clearly worked hard to anticipate what an NXT user wants (and needs) to know.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, the only thing that could make this book better is printing it in color; but that would have made the costs prohibitive, so they've settled for making the best grayscale instructions possible.

It's definitely a "best buy" for the new NXT user.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CyBot-G on May 11, 2011
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The Unofficial LEGO Mindstorms Guide NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide is an excellent book for the NXT robotics hobbyist to add to their reference library. It offers something for every level of NXT robotics building and programming. It is a learning guide that will take the beginner who has some experience with the NXT system, to the immediate level, to the advanced level builder/programmer.

I found the building instructions clear with very good diagrams, I particularly liked the "blow-up balloons" to show detail. The programming diagrams were also very good with the use of labels to explain. Besides being a great reference for the hobbyist, The Unofficial LEGO® Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide also a great guide for teachers of NXT robotics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David N. on December 30, 2010
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This is a great book for MINDSTORMS fans who are looking for more ideas to develop their programming and building skills. I bought it as a companion for Laurens Valk's Discovery Book, another great resource. My only complaint with both books is that they aren't in color, which makes it a bit harder to tell which components are which; however, that's a minor gripe in a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashburn Guy on June 12, 2013
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My son like the book and concept, but it got a bit too in depth for him to really enjoy it. It seems to be set for kids between 11-14.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADOLFO F. PONCE de LEON on February 27, 2013
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I used it to explain engineering and science to elementary student and the parents
children were fascinated with the robot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Enyart on December 28, 2012
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Bought because Darien was getting Mindstorm for Christmas. His mother said it was keeping him busy.. sounds great to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Smith on December 19, 2012
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I got this book for my 6 year old "NXT crazy" son for Christmas 2012. He just loves designing new things with his NXT and gets heaps of ideas from YouTube. We've found that Lego's NXT website is a bit limited and this book covers so much of the basics and it's great to have so much information in one book. I was pleasantly surprised when I received the book as it's jam packed and more than I expected!
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