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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide [Paperback]

David J. Perdue , Laurens Valk
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Book Description

18 Dec 2010

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 set offers hundreds of building elements, programming software, and powerful electronics that you can use to create amazing robots. But where do you begin?

This eagerly awaited second edition of the bestselling Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide is your key to designing, building, and programming robots with the NXT 2.0 set.

You'll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and use gears, and gain a solid understanding of the set's NXT-G programming language. A series of projects new to this edition offers step-by-step instructions for building and programming six robots, each of which can be built with just one NXT 2.0 set, including:

  • Inventor-Bot, a fast, simple, modular vehicle with treads
  • Sentry-Bot, a robot guard that shoots balls at intruders
  • Table-Bot, a vehicle that uses its antennae to avoid falling off a tabletop
  • The Jeep, a four-wheeled vehicle that avoids obstacles and follows lines
  • The Lizard, a large walking robot that uses the color sensor to detect and respond to different colored balls
  • The Printer, a stationary robot that uses a pen or marker to draw letters, words, and shapes on paper

Additional resources include the Piece Library, which contains basic information on the more than 80 types of LEGO pieces in the NXT 2.0 set, and the Quick Reference, which lists the 34 types of standard programming blocks. So go ahead. Grab your NXT 2.0 set, fire up your imagination, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 2 edition (18 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272159
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David J. Perdue ( has been inventing robots with MINDSTORMS since 2001. The author of Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo Using LEGO MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004), he has also written for BrickJournal and Computing Unplugged. Perdue is an implementation delivery engineer for EMC, an information infrastructure provider. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, and one of his robots appears on the NXT 2.0 box. Valk is the author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (both No Starch Press), and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he studies Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great inspirations to be found there 26 Dec 2011
i bought that book for my 12 year son as a next step in broadening his view on Lego Mindstorm.. actually, i bought two books: Discovery and Inventor's Guide. While the first one is guiding people through the basis of the NXT equipments the Inventor's Guide is focusing on the applications of that knowledge. You can find some very interesting projects there, i.e. printer. The projects described there got me involved sometimes, too. Especially in the area of programming - adding more functionalities, adopting to our ideas..

Very nice book, lots of joy with following the projects there and broadening the view on possible applications..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventors Guide. 27 Aug 2012
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The book is very useful and has lots of ideas.If you get into difficulties you just have to look up the book to see how different things work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift! 28 Feb 2013
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Bought for my 14 year old nephew who really wanted this book. He loves it and it has given him loads of ideas and projects to work on. Excellent gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice models to build 19 Feb 2014
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Useful and imaginative models are denoted together with helpful guidance on their programming. We'll written and illustrated. Speedy delivery too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Getting Started Guide To NXT 2.0 20 Jan 2011
By Ira Laefsky - Published on
This new edition of the Inventor's Guide provides everything one needs to get started with the current Lego Mindstorm's NXT 2.0 set, and importantly gives an organization to structure one's developing parts, assembly and programming knowledge through your increasing knowledge of this fascinating hobby. The authors are both widely published in the Lego NXT community and are engineers themselves with more than a decade each of involvement in this hobby. This extensive handbook begins with a clear and succinct introduction to everything you will find in your NXT 2.0 set, including parts and software installation. It then proceeds with a clear and well illustrated tutorial in constructing structures with the parts, beams and gears. A similar and non-threatening introduction to NXT-G programming follows. Chapter 10 provides a brief but clear introduction to a sound methodology to design and develop NXT robots and projects. The following chapters describe and give a tutorial background for 6 fascinating robotic projects concluding with an electro-mechanical printer similar to early personal computer plotters built entirely in the hardware and programming language of Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. The appendices catalog the parts contained in the set and each of the elements of the NXT-G programming language giving a categorization that will allow one to organize their increasing knowledge.

I highly recommend this well-organized and exciting tutorial to anyone who wishes to learn this fascinating hobby, or to be given along with the set to provide the necessary knowledge to obtain the real benefits of the NXT 2.0 set.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Best Buy for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT builders 2 Jan 2011
By Fay Rhodes - Published on
This book amounts to a comprehensive "missing manual" for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit.

In dedicated chapters it provides coaching in building basics (how to use gears, for instance) and NXT-G programming. Also, the building and programming instructions for the models they've included are loaded with helpful information. The authors have clearly worked hard to anticipate what an NXT user wants (and needs) to know.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, the only thing that could make this book better is printing it in color; but that would have made the costs prohibitive, so they've settled for making the best grayscale instructions possible.

It's definitely a "best buy" for the new NXT user.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book 12 May 2011
By CyBot-G - Published on
The Unofficial LEGO Mindstorms Guide NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide is an excellent book for the NXT robotics hobbyist to add to their reference library. It offers something for every level of NXT robotics building and programming. It is a learning guide that will take the beginner who has some experience with the NXT system, to the immediate level, to the advanced level builder/programmer.

I found the building instructions clear with very good diagrams, I particularly liked the "blow-up balloons" to show detail. The programming diagrams were also very good with the use of labels to explain. Besides being a great reference for the hobbyist, The Unofficial LEGO® Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide also a great guide for teachers of NXT robotics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More MINDSTORMS Ideas 31 Dec 2010
By David N. - Published on
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This is a great book for MINDSTORMS fans who are looking for more ideas to develop their programming and building skills. I bought it as a companion for Laurens Valk's Discovery Book, another great resource. My only complaint with both books is that they aren't in color, which makes it a bit harder to tell which components are which; however, that's a minor gripe in a great book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book -- but a bit more advanced than a 9 year old 12 Jun 2013
By Ashburn Guy - Published on
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My son like the book and concept, but it got a bit too in depth for him to really enjoy it. It seems to be set for kids between 11-14.
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