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Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms Paperback – 5 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (5 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928994679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928994671
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,293,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mario Ferrari received his first Lego box around 1964, when he was 4. Lego was his favorite toy for many years, until he thought he was too old to play with it. In 1998, the Lego Mindstorms RIS set gave him reason to again have Lego become his main addiction. Mario believes Lego is the closest thing to the perfect toy. He is Managing Director at EDIS, a leader in finishing and packaging solutions and promotional packaging. The advent of the MINDSTORMS product line represented for him the perfect opportunity to combine his interest in IT and robotics with his passion for LEGO bricks, which started during his early childhood. Mario has been a very active member of the online MINDSTORMS community from the beginning and has pushed LEGO robotics to its limits. Mario holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Turin and has always nourished a strong interest for physics, mathematics, and computer science. He is fluent in many programming languages and his background includes positions as an IT manager and as a project supervisor. Mario estimates he owns over 60,000 Lego pieces. Mario works in Modena, Italy, where he lives with his wife Anna and his children Sebastiano and Camilla.

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By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
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The subject matter of this book is described exactly by its title; building robots - their design, structure, mechanisms and mechanical behaviour - is detailed and examined in depth. The authors present a wide variety of constructional tips and advice in the context of some quite astounding robotic projects (walking robots with shifting centres-of-gravity spring to mind), but avoid falling into the trap of simply giving you step-by-step instructions on a plate. This encourages the reader and experimenter actually to think about what he or she is building. The resulting robots, models and games are inspirational; you want to grab your Mindstorms set and start building on the spot. This is not so much building robots as "An Introduction to LEGO Engineering". This book should sit on every Mindstorms fan's shelf and is a must for any serious LEGO roboticist!
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By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2002
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This really is an outstanding book covering all aspects of building robots. The first half covers a number of different fundamentals of robot design from gearing, steering and pneumatics, right though to some useful mathematical methods (honest!). The second half of the book provides details of number of working robot designs that you just have to make and adapt. The style of the book is to fire the imagination of the reader rather than give step by step instructions of particular models. It certainly succeeds at this! Although written with an emphasis on the construction and engineering aspects of robots, the snippets of programming code (mainly in NQC) are very clear and provide enough insight into getting the best out of the models. If you are into Lego mindstorms get this book.
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As I was saying earlier in a review of system 2 projects by what looks like the same stable, its a toy to start young with and with the adult assistance and explanations over the years you have a toy to keep challenging the developing mind of an interested child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the ability to have a real book in my ... 20 Oct. 2014
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I am using it as a review of mature Lego products. For this , it is an interesting and informative read. Be aware that most of the internet contacts are no longer active but I have found that there still exist some that can be found if you know where to look. It has inspired many hours of interesting tinkering and exploration. I purchased a used edition at a very reasonable price. I love the ability to have a real book in my hands. Really loved it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book about a very cool system. 13 Mar. 2006
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MindStorms is an absolutely fascinating robot building system for children, adults, and those who don't fit well into either category. This book helps you delve more deeply into the principles behind making really cool robots with MindStorms. The opportunities for learning are just never-ending, and at the same time, the limitless fun anyone can have, from pre-teen to geezer, makes the learning very rewarding. This book helps open this potential.

This book takes you beyond the step-by-step instructions in the Constructopedia, and doesn't shy away from the physical principles behind robots, so it is suited for the more experienced and mentally mature builder. I use it to get ideas for things I can build with my 9-year-old son. It won't be long until he's ready to have a go at the book himself, though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms. 1 Jan. 2014
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It was a gift for my nine-year-old grandson. He loved it and showed it around. I assume that he understands and likes to explore the different things he con do with Lego.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 Feb. 2015
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This will make a great Christmas gift for my husband and my sona who love Legos!
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