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Posted February 13, 2009
Excellent Projects that you can really build!
I own the first Idea book, the Inventor's Guide and I finally ordered the One-Kit Wonders book, as it was the one that was published last. Its projects are probably the best of the 3 books. Very doable, challenging, but they are very well designed and once finished, they work very well. They are a lot of fun to build for me and my 10-year old. This book is different to the two others mentioned here, because it goes directly into the projects without any introduction to Mindstorms building or NXT-G programming tutorials. So the content is fully dedicated to the projects. The download section of the blog forum is working OK, so now you can download the programs. And last but not least, when you get stuck at some point, you can always count on the forums for help. I posted a question and one the the co-authors replied to me within a few hours with a solution. The book is the "tip of the iceberg" because there is a community around it that goes beyond the printed works. And the authors are all well known experts in Lego NXT design and building and they are very accessible and responsive.<BR/><BR/>The only wish for this middle-age reviewer (with a middle-age eyesight) would be building instructions in glorious Lego colors. As in the other books they are in greyscale. To the credit of the authors, they did poll their readership in the blog about this when the book was still in the works, and the result was overwhelmingly in favor of B&W to keep the cost down.<BR/><BR/>This book makes my Mindstorms NXT experience so much enjoyable that I rate it with five stars.
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Posted January 11, 2010
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