LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Hacker's Guide by Dave ProchnowLEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Hacker's Guide by Dave Prochnow


byDave Prochnow

Paperback | December 12, 2006

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Build and Program Over 20 Challenging Design Projects in Just 30 Minutes Eachwith 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
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-Hi...
Title:LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Hacker's GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:459 pages, 9 × 7.4 × 1.1 inPublished:December 12, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071481478

ISBN - 13:9780071481472

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your money There is almost no info on the NXT in this book. Way too much focus on other things like Lego history & the history of midstorms (the first quarter of the book!). Even half a chapter on how GPS works. The book never seems to try to accomplish anything, and there is no useful information on the 'hacks'. A disappointing buy!
Date published: 2006-12-17

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