LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-kit Wonders: Ten Inventions to Spark Your Imagination

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The creative minds behind The NXT STEP blog are back with a brand-new collection of innovative robots. Whether you're just getting started with LEGO robotics or have been building and programming robots for years, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders is packed with new and exciting techniques, advice, and robots that guarantee awesome results. And best of all, you'll only need one NXT Retail kit to build all ten of them!

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Overview

The creative minds behind The NXT STEP blog are back with a brand-new collection of innovative robots. Whether you're just getting started with LEGO robotics or have been building and programming robots for years, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders is packed with new and exciting techniques, advice, and robots that guarantee awesome results. And best of all, you'll only need one NXT Retail kit to build all ten of them!

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders will make it simple for you to construct even the most complex of these ten robots, all while you learn the ins and outs of the NXT kit. You'll learn to build and program:

  • PunchBot, a robot that you program using old-fashioned punchcards
  • M, a robot that sorts your M&M candies by color
  • NXT Dragster, a super-fast racecar that will take you all the way to the drag strip
  • BobBot, a versatile skid-steer loader, equipped with a ball grabber or demolition claw
  • RoboLock, a security system for your robots
  • The Hand, a robotic replacement hand to protect you from those dangerous cleanup jobs, like picking up your brother's gym socks
  • SPC, a robotic vehicle that can park itself between two objects using front-wheel drive
  • The Bike, a two-wheeled robot that can balance and steer

Armed with the knowledge you gain from this book, you'll be inventing your own amazing creations in no time.

Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set (#8527)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593271886
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.01 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Kelly was accepted into the LEGO MINDSTORMS Developer Program (MDP) in early 2006 and helped to beta test the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit and software. He is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a group that continues to assist LEGO with testing and growing the NXT product.

Matthias Scholz is a member of the LEGO Mindstorms Community Partners Program. His NXT-related Web site is extremely popular. He is also a frequent contributor to the well-known NXT blog, The NXT STEP. He majored in Mathematics at the University of Bayreuth and has held various positions in German IT enterprises.

Martijn Boogaarts was one of the initial organizers of LEGO WORLD. He has built several large demonstration models, including the Road-Plate-Laying-Machine, a working car factory (27 RCXs), and a Pinball machine.

Jonathan Daudelin has been competing in FLL since age 13. In 2007, his team won the First Place Robot Performance and First Place Innovative Robot awards at the World Festival after their robot achieved perfect scores in all three rounds. He is a contributor to The NXT Step blog and a co-author of "The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book" (No Starch) and "The NXT Robotics Competition Workbook" (self-published).

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, and one of his robots appears on the NXT 2.0 box. Valk is the author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (both No Starch Press), and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he studies Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

Fay Rhodes is co-author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book (No Starch), a 2007 member of LEGO's MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP), and the only female contributor to the NXT Step Blog.

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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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