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The LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Discovery Book Paperback – 13 May 2010
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"The NXT set can be complicated. Sure, you can build some sort of robot, but can you actually make it do anything interesting?" said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. "This is the introductory MINDSTORMS 2.0 book that everyone needs; the one book that will make sure that that pricey MINDSTORMS kit won't end up gathering dust in a shoebox somewhere."
About the Author
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners who help test and develop new NXT products. He has been inventing robots with the MINDSTORMS NXT sets since their introduction, and one of his robot designs appears on the NXT 2.0 packaging. Valk is a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (No Starch Press) and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog (thenxtstep.blogspot.com). He lives in the Netherlands where he teaches robotics.
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It contains very clear printed instructions for the models it explains (I personally prefer that to having to sit in front of my PC while building) it provides explanations of how the programming blocks work in a much easier to understand format than the NXT-G help files (it feels like someone takes you by the hand to personally show you around instead of having to dig your way through the documentation) and goes way beyond what you learn in the instructions that come with the NXT set by explaining how to use wires to pass data between blocks.
Rather than just telling you how to put the programming blocks together the book teaches you how the program works using easy to understand diagrams.
Last but not least, the book contains a considerable number of interesting robots that are fun to build and additional challenges to expand on them. To make this even easier, there is a companion website where you can ask questions and propose solutions.
I really like the first and last pages on the book (inside cover and inside back cover) which provide you with a reference chart to easily identify parts of different lengths and a complete inventory of the NXT 2.0 set.
The book describes itself as a beginner's guide to building and programming robots. It certainly fulfils this function and is an excellent guide to all of the features incorporated in the NXT 2.0 software. It starts by giving clear instructions for the building of an explorer robot with which to explore the fundamentals of writing a simple program, and the reader is quickly able to drive the robot forwards, backwards and to make simple turns. Right from the start the reader is encouraged to experiment and throughout the book there are numerous suggestions for tasks that can be tried, all of which will increase the readers confidence, experience and problem solving skills.
The early programs are enhanced with the addition of sound and visual output using the built in speaker and screen on the NXT brick. A following chapter introduces the use of the wait block and also simple loops, as well as the ability to perform parallel program sequences that can happen simultaneously. Also introduced at this stage is the use of the "my block" facility whereby the user can create their own program blocks containing a sequence of blocks which can then be incorporated into other programs. All of this occupies the first 50 pages of this 300 page book.Read more ›
While this book is aimed at NXT 2.0 it will work with 1.0 assuming you buy the extra touch sensor and the new colour sensor, I'd also recommend getting the latest software as well. A couple of the builds need minor adaptations to work with the static components from 1.0 but nothing a reasonably competent Lego builder can't handle.
The book covers everything from how the sensors work, loops, and even data wires/hubs. Only thing its missing is more advanced stuff on dynamic programming but then that's more than covered by other (advanced) books and needs additional hardware anyway.
Essential purchase for all new Mindstorm NXT owners.
He loves it and the book together with the Lego kit have provided hours of learning, discovery, creativity and fun.
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Fantastic, extends the models of the mind storms kit, perfect for my 10 year old girlPublished 10 months ago by TygerShepherd
You don't buy this book if you're not interested in it's subject.
Well researched, written and laid out in a logical manner.
Great comprehensive guide for my son. Prompt delivery. Ordered along with his mindstorm present. Comprehensive guide which enables him to have some independence and to work on a... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Dons
Provides far more detail and explanation than the basic kit. I would have given it 5 stars if it had been in colour, trying to distinguish different grey pegs is not easy.Published on 11 Jan. 2013 by Michael K. Goom
for me as an NXT 2 fan, this book is great!
All it needed was a CD with some of the programming samples from the book.
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