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Simulation for LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Paperback – May 20, 2009

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Yuan Tian, Software and Information Technology: Computer Graphics at Lincoln University. Software Engineer at Trimble Navigation Ltd., New Zealand.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (May 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3838300041
  • ISBN-13: 978-3838300047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,315,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Gust on July 27, 2013
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"This book introduces a simulator to simulate the motions of LEGO robotics in a virtual 3D environment."

"Introduces"? Perhaps in the broadest possible sense of that word. No simulator is included, nor is there any indication of the simulator described or any of its source code being available for others to review, study, or use. This is disappointingly nothing more than a B&W hardcopy of the author's master's thesis readily available for free from the author's web page as a full color PDF.

"...followed by a detailed description of each component in the system."

Complete misrepresentation by Amazon/LAP. No such detail is presented; detail of a simulator's implementation cannot be measured by the number or length of the tables of icons used by the simulator's GUI.

Having already reviewed the author's thesis prior to ordering this title, the promise of a detailed description implied the title would contain either a disc or a URL to the simulator itself, or would include additional code listings or interfaces/header files to provide a fine-grained structure of the simulator. Even partial listings would lend some comprehension to the material. None of that is present.

Compared to the PDF, this LAP paperback is significantly less readable because the author's tables and pseudocode snippets use color highlighting, which print in various shades of light gray.

Prior to ordering the printed copy, I have applauded the author for cheekily managing to figure out a way to get an advanced academic degree for playing with Lego brand bricks. However, the description provided by Amazon/LAP is severe misrepresentation, and that the author is complicit in this activity does not help.

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Is it an actual MindStorms simulator? If so, it would be a good deal for $81.

Or is it a book that describes MindStorms simulation, and nothing else? If so, it would be a poor value.

If someone would post a complete, accurate description of this product, I will gladly delete this "review".
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