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LEGO blocks, and LEGO MINDSTORMS, like model trains, belong to that special category of children's toy that is more often taken over by Dad. Dave Baum's text, written for the adult beginner (with or without attendant child) delivers information on several robot projects and programmable automatons, all built with the durable plastic blocks. The MINDSTORM set contains blocks and a special RCX brick, which forms the interface between operator and robot; Baum's book outlines all the hobbyist needs to know regarding the building and maintenance of these robots. Numerous illustrations and sidebars containing technical details complete the volume; also included are snippets of code (both the RCX and the author's own language) for programming the MINDSTORMS. If you have purchased, either for yourself or for your child, a MINDSTORMS kit, you'll wish to have this text and its companion CD-ROM.
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For more on robotics, particularly for the do-it-yourselfer, be certain to check out Robots, Androids, and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build and The Robot Builder's Bonanza: 99 Inexpensive Robotics Projects. More technical and less tactile treatments of robotics include Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation and Reviewed by JR - March 20, 2000
Reviewed by JR - March 20, 2000