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Build and Program Over 20 Challenging Design Projects in Just 30 Minutes Each with the New Generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS®

More powerful and intuitive than ever, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT is a new robotics toolset that enables robot enthusiasts and hobbyists to build and program all kinds of projects. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Hacker's Guide explores this new generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, providing a collection of projects, how-to expertise, ...

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Overview

Build and Program Over 20 Challenging Design Projects in Just 30 Minutes Each with the New Generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS®

More powerful and intuitive than ever, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT is a new robotics toolset that enables robot enthusiasts and hobbyists to build and program all kinds of projects. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Hacker's Guide explores this new generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, providing a collection of projects, how-to expertise, insider tips, and over 500 illustrations to help readers become expert NXT hackers.

This cutting-edge guide describes new advances that make LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT such a great robotics resource. The book explains the all-new NXT intelligent brick…the interactive servo motors with rotation sensors that align speed for precise control…the ultrasonic sensor that allows robots to “see” by responding to movement…the improved light and touch sensors that let robots detect color and feel…and much more. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Hacker's Guide features:

  • Expert, insightful commentary by a member of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Developer Program
  • A hands-on account of the new technologies and expanded sensor capabilities of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
  • A collection of 10 hacking projects with step-by-step instructions for creating things ranging from solar power to ZigBee® technology to tank tread feet [“projects” appears twice.]
  • A portfolio of 12 exciting design projects featuring R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome, Rem Koolhaas' Seattle Central Library, and the world's first NXT wristwatch
  • Complete disclosure about a “secret” game that is hidden inside every LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit
  • An in-depth guide to the NXT programming language
  • A special LEGO factory kit offer available only for readers of this book

Inside This Groundbreaking NXT Reference

• Your First Robot • Stupid RCX Tricks • Save Your RIS • As Smart as a Brick • MOVE IT! With Servo Motors • Hmm, I Sense Something • Yes, But I Don't Know How to Program • Testing, Testing; Oh, Trouble Shoot • Katherine's Best Hacking Projects • Katherine's Design Fun House • NXT Programming Language Guide • NXT Elements • NXT Resources

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071481472
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/21/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 459
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Prochnow is an award-winning professional writer, editor, and contributor to numerous technical publications including MAKE, Nuts and Volts, and SERVO. He is the author of 26 nonfiction book titles for Addison-Wesley, F&W Publications, McGraw-Hill, and TAB Books; including the bestselling PSP Hacks, Mods, and Expansions (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and The Official Robosapien Hacker’s Guide (McGraw-Hill, 2006). In 2001, Dave won the Maggie Award for writing the best how-to article in a consumer magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction – The Birth of a Legend: the Block and the Brain
Section I. Robotics Invention System

Chapter 1. Your First Robot

Chapter 2. Stupid RCX Tricks

Chapter 3. Save Your RIS
Section II. That Was Then, This is NXT

Chapter 4. As Smart as a Brick

Chapter 5. MOVE IT! With Servo Motors

Chapter 6. Hmm, I Sense Something

Chapter 7. Yes, But I Don't Know How to Program

Chapter 8. Testing, Testing; Oh, Trouble Shoot
Section III. Katherine's Best Hacking Projects: A collection of 10-20 hacking projects
Section IV. Katherine's Robotic Design Fun House:A study of the elements that constitute good design in robots.
App A. NXT Programming Language Guide
App B. NXT Elements
App C. NXT Resources
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    Don't waste your money

    This book has a soso table of contents and a good index but everything else is a total waste of money, unless you want to spend alot just to find out how to make a NXT cable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Keep looking for an NXT book!

    Very dissapointing, juvenile approach to what should have been a serious subject. Nearly 20% of the book is white space and a huge portion is some kind of rambling that is not related to the title at all. The majority of the book deals with something other than NXT. The reason I bought the book was because of the NXT not the other stuff. Seems to be more of a philosophy book than a book about Hacking an NXT.

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