Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo using LEGO MINDSTORMS / Edition 1

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With the advent of TV shows such as Junkyard Wars and BattleBots, robot building is gaining popularity throughout the mainstream population, but no books have been published with this particular focus. Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo using LEGO MINDSTORMS sets a new precedent, covering the design and construction of Robot-Sumo robots using MINDSTORMS.

Written by an experienced robot builder active in the building-community, this groundbreaking guide features thorough, realistic, premium-quality LEGO instructions. This book helps bridge the gap between the builder and the technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593752
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Series: Technology in Action Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Perdue, like many others, played with LEGO sets as a young child. However, LEGO MINDSTORMS became David's main hobby when he picked up a LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System. Immediately, he saw that he had a natural talent with the set. He purchased thousands of pieces, spent countless hours building and programming, and devoured thousands of pages of documentation to learn as much as he could. After passing the beginner stage, David let loose his imagination and won three Special Mention awards for his creations, from the LEGO MINDSTORMS web site within a period of less than six months. He then went on to become a devout LEGO computer-aided design (CAD) fan, and uses the system to document his creations.

David currently resides in the Austin, Texas area, where he builds, writes, programs, and updates his web site at

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The concept of LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic sumo 1
Ch. 1 Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic sumo 3
Ch. 2 The importance of a battle plan 17
Pt. 2 The first approach : the small-and-fast strategy 23
Ch. 3 The Zip-Bam-Bot chassis 25
Ch. 4 Zip-Bam-Bot version XK1 43
Ch. 5 Zip-Bam-Bot version XK2 81
Pt. 3 The second approach : the M-class strategy 117
Ch. 6 The Brain-Bot chassis 119
Ch. 7 Brain-Bot version ZR2 157
Pt. 4 The third approach : the big-sumo strategy 199
Ch. 8 The Gargantuan-Bot chassis 201
Ch. 9 Gargantuan-Bot version BL58 235
Pt. 5 Getting involved in a robotic sumo event 293
Ch. 10 Participating in a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic sumo event 295
Ch. 11 Organizing a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic sumo event 309
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    tinker with hardware and software

    The Lego company has a Mindstorms product line that lets you build Lego models with simple programmable electronics. Easy but fascinating robots. Perdue offers you third party support, in the form of advice that is independent of the company. This book is an amalgam of neat assembly instructions and diagrams of robots to build, with accompanying source code to control them. The Lego library is easy enough to understand. You code in C, and link to that library. So the outlook is procedural, not object oriented. But for the code examples shown, and for any code that you are likely to write, their sizes are small enough that a procedural approach is perfectly adequate. And with less overhead than an object oriented outlook. A nice aspect is that you can tinker with both the hardware and software, in tight feedback design loops of changing something and testing it. In other projects, often it might be purely software. Which may not appeal to you, if you're the sort who is attracted to robotics.

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