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Das EV3 Roboter Universum: Ein umfassender Einstieg in LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 mit 8 spannenden Roboterprojekten
Das EV3 Roboter Universum: Ein umfassender Einstieg in LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 mit 8 spannenden Roboterprojekten
by Matthias Paul Scholz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.72

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for German-speaking roboteers!, 13 April 2014
It should come as no surprise that this book is, in fact, written in German. That makes this book exceptionally useful for the younger German audience who may not have mastered the English language quite yet.

This book is quite unique in that it embraces both the retail and education core set. The building instructions in the book are for the retail version, but owners of the education set can easily download the alternative instructions for their set. I presume this was done to save pages for other items, like learning to actually program your robots!

A good part of the book is spent on getting the user acquainted with the ins and outs of the EV3 programming environment. It touches on subjects such as setting up Bluetooth, WiFi and controlling your robot using a mobile phone, data logging, programming pitfalls and gotchas.

Chapters 6 and up touch on a number of basic concepts of programming an EV3 robot, listed neatly at the start of the chapter. Using a difficultly index for both programming and building, you can easily see how much of a challenge you can expect. Naturally, the earlier chapters will be easier than the last ones. I was particularly charmed by the program flow diagrams that clearly show how the robot’s program does its thing; learning about these will greatly increase the understanding of software design, even for simply programs.

The colour building instructions are great, they make things so much clearer than simply black and white ones. You can easily tell the difference between a grey and black beam without having to squint or guess.

If you’re the owner of the retail version of the EV3, you might want to consider buying yourself the EV3 gyro sensor, so you can learn how to make very accurate turns and shapes with your robot. It’s a really fun sensor to own and the book covers very nicely how to use it effectively.


Swissgear GA-7316-06F00 Ibex 17 Inch Backpack - Black/Blue
Swissgear GA-7316-06F00 Ibex 17 Inch Backpack - Black/Blue
Price: £53.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Fits my MSI GT70 series laptop, 26 Jan. 2014
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I bought a GT70 series laptop a while back but had real trouble finding a bag that would fit this rather large laptop. It fits very nicely in this bag but not with a lot of wiggle room. The bag is also very comfortable to wear. I am very happy with it!


StarCraft II Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)
StarCraft II Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, 15 Dec. 2013
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This book did a great job explaining all the various aspects of the game, the different units and their strengths and weaknesses. I liked that they didn't do a step-by-step guide for each mission. The book is written with the assumption that the nitty gritty details and specs of each unit may change but that the broad strategies will remain the same. So regardless of whether Blizzard rebalances certain things, this book will remain relevant.


Beautiful LEGO
Beautiful LEGO
by Mike Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning, 30 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Beautiful LEGO (Paperback)
Two words: simply stunning. When I first saw this book being announced, I knew I had to have it. It's filled with breathtakingly sharp colour images of models that will blow you away. Think of this book as a catalogue of some of the world's most amazingly creative models and dioramas. The complexity ranges from entire mountain-side models of a Sci-Fi world to stunning mech models to super minimalistic caricatures. My favourites from this book are the derelict houses, the almost photo realistic bird models and the space ship models. There are so many models in this book by so many different creators, that there is bound to be something in here for everyone. I'm actually running out of adjectives and superlatives to adequately describe this book.
This book would make a great gift for anyone who likes LEGO or simply appreciates art and creativity.


The BrickGun Book: Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO Handguns
The BrickGun Book: Build the World's Most Realistic LEGO Handguns
by Jeff Boen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great models and clear building instructions, 31 May 2013
This is a book that is a must-have if you're either a LEGO fan, a gun aficionado or a combination of the two. The models in this book are simply stunning. There are building instructions (BIs) for 5 very detailed models with various moving parts. At the start of each model's chapter, there are two parts lists. One is in table format, with official part numbers, names, colours and quantities, so you can easily order missing parts from sites like Bricklink. However, if you already have a pretty extensive bricks collection, you can simply refer to the visual parts list, with nicely rendered images of all the parts and their respective required quantities. Despite the fact that the models are mostly black or brown, the BI images come out very crisp and that's not an easy feat! I am very glad they chose to make this book in colour.
I especially liked the history of how the author started his gun model building hobby and the stories behind the models.


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