Lego Mindstorms Nxt Thinking Robots: Build a Rubik's Cube Solver and a Tic-Tac-Toe Playing Robot!

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It may look like one, but the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set is not a toy.

Whether you've been building with the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set for years or you just picked up a 2.0 set, you'll love this book.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots will show you how to build and program two robots that think. You'll be awestruck when the TTT Tickler ties you at tic-tac-toe and amazed when the One-Armed Wonder solves...

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Overview

It may look like one, but the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set is not a toy.

Whether you've been building with the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set for years or you just picked up a 2.0 set, you'll love this book.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots will show you how to build and program two robots that think. You'll be awestruck when the TTT Tickler ties you at tic-tac-toe and amazed when the One-Armed Wonder solves a Rubik's Cube® in just a few minutes.

These robots aren't child's play. The models are challenging, and you'll have to do a bit of thinking yourself to get them to work. But once you get the hang of it, your efforts will be amply rewarded.

In addition to providing detailed instructions for building each model with either the original or the NXT 2.0 set, author Daniele Benedettelli takes you inside the robots to show you how they're designed, what makes them think, and how to use them. You'll learn how to:

  • Control and calibrate your robots for best performance
  • Dig into tic-tac-toe strategy to see how the TTT Tickler always plays to win
  • Use the CubeSolver program to solve a Rubik's Cube with the One-Armed Wonder
  • Better understand artificial intelligence as it relates to robotics, problem solving, and gaming

And for you serious MINDSTORMS builders, all of the source code for programming the robots is available online. Not only will you get to see how the robots are programmed, but you can hack the code to make them act differently, too. You can find all of the source code at https://robotics.benedettelli.com/​TRbook.htm.

So go ahead, put on your thinking cap and get building!

Requirements: A computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher, one complete LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT or NXT 2.0 set, a webcam, some marbles, a couple of rubber bands, and an Internet connection (to download the programs).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593272166
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniele Benedettelli is known worldwide for his original LEGO robots, including the LEGO Rubik Utopy (a Rubik's Cube Solver) and JohnNXT 5 (based on the robot in Short Circuit). Benedettelli is a member of the MINDSTORMS Developer Program (MDP) and a MINDSTORMS Community Partner (MCP), groups that help to test and develop new NXT products. He holds a masters degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Siena, Italy and is the author of Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots (Apress). In his spare time, Benedettelli enjoys composing music.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting started 3

Ch. 2 The TTT Tickler: a tic-tac-tce player 11

Ch. 3 Building the TTT Tickler with the original NXT set 17

Ch. 4 Building the TTT Tickler with the NXT 2.0 set 59

Ch. 5 The One-Armed Wonder: my new Rubik's Cube solver 99

Ch. 6 Building the One-Armed Wonder with the original NXT set 109

Ch. 7 Building the One-Armed Wonder with the NXT 2.0 set 153

Appendix Thinking robots 197

Index 201

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    MISTER ROBOTO!!!!

    Are you a novice or advanced user who wants to tackle the amazing world of robotics? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Benedettelli Daniele has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you strike a balance between technical details and simplicity.

    Daniele, begins by showing you how to use BricxCC to write, compile, and test NXC programs. Next, the author shows you how to use the perfect strategy for Tic-Tac-Toe Tickler, a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robot that will challenge you at every turn. He continues by showing you how to build the TTT Tickler with parts from the 8527 NXT set. Next, the author shows you how to build the TTT Tickler with the parts from the 8547 NXT 2.0 set. Then, he introduces you to the One-Armed Wonder's curriculum vitae; as well as, its ancestors and offspring. The author continues by showing you how to build the One-Armed-Wonder using the original NXT retail set 8527. Finally, he shows you how to build the One-Armed-Wonder using the 8547 NXT 2.0 set.

    This most excellent book shows you how to build two robots that think! More importantly, if you read this book from cover to cover, you'll find detailed instructions on how to build both the TTT Tickler and the One-Armed-Wonder with either LEGO MINDSTORMS set, with no need for extra LEGO parts or expense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Detailed

    Gives all the information needed to build the two robots mentioned on the cover.

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