Now Australia's Biggest Toy Shop

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

Basic Robot Building with Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0
By

Rating
Basic Robot Building with LEGO (R) Mindstorms (R) NXT 2.0 ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Learn LEGO (R) Mindstorms (R) NXT 2.0 from the ground up, hands-on, in full color! Ever wanted to build a robot? Now's the time, LEGO (R) Mindstorms (R) NXT 2.0 is the technology, and this is the book. You can do this, even if you've never built or programmed anything! Don't worry about where to begin: start right here. John Baichtal explains everything you need to know, one ridiculously simple step at a time... and shows you every key step with stunningly clear full-color photos! You won't just learn concepts-you'll put them to work in three start-to-finish projects, including three remarkable bots you can build right this minute, with zero knowledge of programming or robotics. It's going to be simple-and it's going to be fun. All you need is in the box-and in this book! Unbox your LEGO (R) Mindstorms (R) NXT 2.0 set, and discover exactly what you've got Build a Backscratching Bot immediately Connect the NXT Intelligent Brick to your computer (Windows or Mac) Navigate the Brick's menus and upload programs Start writing simple new programs-painlessly Build the Clothesline Cruiser, a robot that travels via rope Program your robot's movements Learn to create stronger, tougher models Help your robot sense everything from distance and movement to sound and color Build a miniature tank-treaded robot that knows how to rebound Write smarter programs by creating your own programming blocks Discover what to learn next, and which additional parts you might want to buy JOHN BAICHTAL is a contributor to MAKE magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He is the co-author of The Cult of Lego (No Starch) and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement (Que). Most recently he wrote Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE, collaborating with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and three children.
Product Details

Table of Contents

Conventions Used in This Book 4 Special Elements 4 Chapter 1 Unboxing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Set 7 The Box 7 Under the Flap 8 Opening the Box 9 The Contents 9 Reading Material 10 Connector Pegs 11 3M Connector Pegs 12 Connector Pegs with Bushing 13 Connector Pegs with Cross-Axle Ends 14 2M Axle Peg 14 Connector Peg with Towball 15 1/2 Connector Pegs 16 Bushings 16 Cross Axles 17 Cross Axles with End Stops 18 Wheels and Treads 19 Gears 20 Teeth 21 Balls 21 Beams With Pegs 22 Beams 23 Angle Beams 24 Car Parts 25 Steering Links 26 Angle Elements 26 Cross-Axle Connectors 27 Cross Blocks 27 More Miscellaneous Parts 28 Peg Joiner 29 Motors, Wires, and Sensors 31 USB Cable 34 Mindstorms Wires 35 The NXT Brick 35 Next Chapter 36 Chapter 2 Project: Backscratcher Bot 37 Adding Batteries to the NXT Brick 38 Parts You Need 40 Step-by-Step Assembly Instructions 42 Programming the Backscratcher Bot 49 Running the Backscratcher Bot 56 Next Chapter 56 Chapter 3 Anatomy of the NXT Brick 57 The Brick 58 Buttons 59 Ports 59 Connector Holes 61 Reset Button 62 Menus 63 My Files 63 NXT Program 66 Try Me 67 The View Menu 68 NXT Datalog 70 Settings 70 Bluetooth 73 Powering Your NXT 77 Resetting a Crash 78 Updating NXT Firmware 78 The Next Chapter 79 Chapter 4 Introduction to Programming 81 System Requirements 82 Installing the Software 83 Installing on a PC 83 Installing on a Mac 84 NXT-G 101 85 The Programming Block 85 Commonplace Blocks 87 Programming the Backscratcher Bot 92 Create the Program 92 Connect to the NXT Brick 93 Download the Program 94 The Next Chapter 94 Chapter 5 Project: Clothesline Cruiser 95 Parts You Need 96 Step-by-Step Instructions 97 Programming the Clothesline Cruiser 119 Setting Up the Clothesline 120 What to Do With Your Cruiser? 121 The Next Chapter 122 Chapter 6 Building Stronger Models 123 Use Multiple Pegs 123 Connect Each Part to as Many Others as Possible 123 Reinforce Corners with Angle Beams 124 Use Combination Parts and Cross Blocks 124 Attach Cross Axles 125 Combine Technic and System Bricks 126 Use Chassis Bricks 128 The Next Chapter 129 Chapter 7 Know Your Sensors 131 Mindstorms Sensors 131 Touch Sensors 132 Ultrasonic Sensors 133 Color Sensors 133 Sound Sensor 134 Motor 135 Calibrating Sensors 136 Third-Party Sensors 137 Compass Sensor 138 Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor 138 Wi-Fi Sensor 138 Magnetic Sensor 139 Flex Sensor 139 Voltage Sensor 140 Barometric Sensor 140 Inertial Motion Sensor 140 The Next Chapter 141 Chapter 8 Advanced Programming 143 Data Wires 144 Green Wires 144 Yellow Wires 145 Orange Wires 145 Gray Wires 146 Connecting Wires 147 Additional Blocks 148 Variable Block 148 Constant Block 149 Random Block 150 Keep Alive Block 150 Light Sensor Block 151 Rotation Sensor Block 151 Display Block 152 Bluetooth Block 152 Logic Block 153 Creating Your Own Blocks 154 The Next Chapter 156 Chapter 9 Project: Rebounder 157 Parts You Need 158 Step-by-Step Instructions 159 A Note About Tank Treads 175 Programming the Rebounder 176 The Next Chapter 180 Chapter 10 Expanding on Mindstorms 181 Read Blogs 181 The NXT STEP 181 Mindstorms 182 Design Virtual Models 183 Attend Gatherings 184 LUGs 185 Conventions 185 FIRST LEGO League 186 Read BrickJournal 188 Expand Your Collection 188 Bricklink 189 Pick a Brick 189 LEGO Education 189 Third-Party Brick Makers 190 Omni Wheels 190 Bricktronics 190 Tetrix 191 Print Your Own 192 Glossary 195 Index 201

About the Author

John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He is the co-author of The Cult of LEGO (No Starch) and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement (Que). Most recently he wrote Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE, collaborating with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and three children.

Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Basic Robot Building with Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0 on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top