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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2008
My 12 year old son received Lego Mindstorms for Xmas in 2006 and I recognised that we needed further guidance and inspiration to learn and go beyond the basics. Therefore we bought this book for Xmas 2007,, and it's been fantastic. It offers a reference guide to all the pieces and how to work with gears and axles etc,, it explains and provides a reference for all the programming blocks. Then it provides 6 robots with clear step by step instructions on how to build them, and provides the programming code for each. The programmes build up in complexity to a level where the robots could be believed to be intelligent. The other great thing is that the author has provided free of charge all the programmes featured in the book on his website. We have downloaded a few for "tag-bot" with no difficulty. We have had great fun running tag-bot around the house. The programme downloads avoid you having to write the programme steps from scratch, and allow you to review them and learn from them. We are now using our understanding of the author's programmes to create alternatives. The authors work is clear, well written and authoritative. If you want your child or any adult for that matter to master Automation and Control, then you won't go wrong with this great Lego Mindstorms package and this book. Great Mr Perdue!!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2007
OK, you have the brilliant Lego Mindstorms NXT set. You made Spike the Scorpion and were amazed but then there's a big gap - what do you do next?

This book arrived 3 hours ago. I've waited 4 months for it. It really teaches you robotics. I now understand gears!!

The diagrams are clearer than 'The Mayan Adventure' which has greyish black and white photographs. I'm confident the chapters on programming will explain NXT-G. The 6 robots - based on 4 designs look incredible. They start simple and get complex. If number 6 does what it says (and I think it will) I will be amazed.

This book, the Mindstorms NXT set and some well chosen storage containers (essential!) combine to make the best £200 Christmas present around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
Bought this for my partner for Xmas - bought him the lego mindstorms set for his birthday in nov - he never reads anything but often picks this book up and then goes and tweaks his robot - this book explains so much more than supplied book with the set - If you own mindstorms then you need this book ..
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on 30 August 2010
Very good book, especially for the basics of model building (e.g. what different pieces and gears are good for). Sample problems are good with a variety of models and programming activities.
Only criticisms are:
1) The models require some pieces that are not in the 9797 education set
2) The pictures are black and white so it is not easy to see what new pieces are being added
Having said that, the models can easily be adjusted to achieve similar result with the pieces you have.
I am not saying the building instructions are no good - just that they are not as clear as the full colour diagrams you get in instructions from lego themselves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2009
an excellent second book for the owner of a Lego Mindstorms NXT.

Explains what each part is good for thus encouraging new invention rather than following plans.
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