Maximum LEGO NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains

Overview

More than two dozen fun and challenging projects using the next generation of LEGO® Mindstorms™ and the Java™ programming language are included in this guide. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is an incredible updated kit for building and programming robots and this book introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3-D rendered building instructions, and hundreds of illustrations to guide engineers and amateurs alike. With easy-to-follow instructions, a full chapter on building with the ...

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Overview

More than two dozen fun and challenging projects using the next generation of LEGO® Mindstorms™ and the Java™ programming language are included in this guide. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is an incredible updated kit for building and programming robots and this book introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3-D rendered building instructions, and hundreds of illustrations to guide engineers and amateurs alike. With easy-to-follow instructions, a full chapter on building with the LEGO stud-less brick paradigm, and a complete tutorial on programming Java, this guide has been revised for the latest version of leJOS NXJ and provides more exciting projects that include Bluetooth, navigation, and integration with new devices such as smart phones and game controllers. The projects include a walking robot, a laser sensor, beacon navigation, WiFi control, precise robotic arm control with a SCARA robot and omni-wheels.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Succeeds brilliantly in the difficult tasks of introducing the reader to the Java language, to the Mindstorms system, and to some programming techniques peculiar to robotics . . . in such a pleasant way that [the reader] doesn't even realize [he or she is] learning new concepts."  —Mario Ferrari, author, Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780986832222
  • Publisher: Variant Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Bagnall is a key developer of leJOS NXJ, a Java SDK for LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and is a Certified Java Programmer and Developer. He is the author of many computer titles, including the groundbreaking Core LEGO Mindstorms Programming and Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    Experienced Programmers Only!

    This book is not for the novice computer user. The instructions on how to install lejos_nxj on either PC or Mac involve serious tweaking of the operating system. To be fair, the author has published errata with updated instructions, but they are still very hard to use. There is help available on-line through users forums, but the guidance may or may not work ( if anyone takes pity and answers your question). So do not buy this book if you expect to be able to simply install the software and program robots. If you are comfortable with tweaking system files, and risking crashing your system, then proceed at your own risk. It is a shame that the publishers did not include an installation disc that would take care of the installation for less experienced users. The result, I fear, is that many people will be turned off from experimenting with java and the nxt brick. It's doubly a shame since the book otherwise is well thought out and offers numerous interesting projects.

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