Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition / Edition 1

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Overview

Winning Design! LEGO Mindstorms NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition is about design that works. It’s about building with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT for fun, for education, but especially for competition. Author James Trobaugh is an experienced coach and leader in the FIRST LEGO League. In this book, he shares his hard-won knowledge about design principles and techniques that contribute to success in robotics competitions.

Winning Design! unlocks the secrets of reliable design using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. You’ll learn proven design patterns that you can employ for common tasks such as turning, pushing, and pulling. You’ll reduce and compensate for variation in performance from battery charge levels and motor calibration differences. You’ll produce designs that won’t frustrate you by not working, but that will delight you with their reliable performance in the heat of competition.

Good design is about more than just the hardware. Software counts for a lot, and Winning Design! has you covered. You’ll find chapters on program design and organization with tips on effective coding and documentation practices. You’ll learn about master programs and the needed flexibility they provide. There’s even a section on presenting your robot and software designs to the judges.

Winning Design! is the book you need if your involved in competitions such as FIRST LEGO League events. Whether coach, parent, or student, you’ll find much in this book to make your design and competition experience fun and memorable, and educational.

Please note: the print version of this title is black & white; the eBook is full color.

What you’ll learn

  • Build winning robots on a foundation of good chassis design
  • Reduce variability in robot mechanical movements
  • Design modularattachments for quick change during competition
  • Solve navigation problems such as steering, squaring up, and collision detection
  • Manage software using master programs and other techniques
  • Power your robot attachments via motors and pneumatics

Who this book is for

Winning Design! LEGO Mindstorms NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competitionis aimed at students, parents, teachers, and coaches involved in LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robot design and programming. Teachers and coaches will find the book to be a valuable teaching resource. Students and parents will find insight into good design practices. And all readers will enjoy the increased satisfaction that comes from building designs that actually work, and that can be relied upon to continue to work every time.

Table of Contents

  1. Design Considerations
  2. Chassis Design
  3. Going Straight
  4. Consistent Turning
  5. Line Following and Detection
  6. Squaring Up
  7. Collision Detection
  8. Passive Attachments
  9. Power Attachments
  10. Pneumatics
  11. Master Programs
  12. Program Management
  13. Documentation and Presentation
  14. Building DemoBot
  15. Building the Motor Matching Machine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430229643
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 946,536
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James J. Trobaugh is an experienced coach and leader in the FIRST LEGO League. He is author of the acclaimed book Winning Design!, focusing on the physical aspects of LEGO MINDSTORMS robot design. He s been involved with FIRST LEGO League since 2004 as coach for Team Super Awesome, and as a technical judge at LEGO World Festival. He is also the FIRST LEGO League Director of the Forsyth Alliance in Forsyth County, Georgia.

James started out as a LEGO hobbyist by founding the North Georgia LEGO Train Club in 1998, and has found in LEGO robotics a natural blending of his LEGO hobby and his day job as a software architect. An added bonus is the joy of sharing his love of technology not only with his own children, but with kids in general.

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