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Build Your Own Teams of Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT and Bluetooth® Paperback – 1 Mar 2013

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Cameron Hughes is a professional software developer with over fifteen years of experience. He is a staff programmer/analyst at Youngstown State University and a software epistemologist for Ctest Laboratories. Tracey Hughes is a senior software and graphics programmer at Ctest Laboratories where she develops information and epistemic visualization software. Both Cameron and Tracey Hughes are long time robot enthusiasts with a collection of over 100 robots. They have sponsored and participated in local robot competitions and robot programming workshops for the Lego NXT and RS Media platforms through their local ACM chapter. Cameron and Tracey are the authors of seven books on software development, multithreaded programming, and parallel programming in C++.

Bob Kramer has been a full-time Computer Science Professor at Youngstown State University. Bob's research interests include using Lego robotics as a tool to teach computer science concepts, as well as the development and extension of programming tools for Lego robots. He has helped extend the nxtOSEK environment to enable C++ programs to execute on the NXT platform, and has developed an interface for a third-party sensor in the LeJOS environment. Bob Kramer has used Lego robotics to teach basic programming concepts in summer enrichment programs for high school students. He has spoken at numerous workshops about robot design and pedagogical uses of robots.

Trevor Watkins is a network communications and system integrations specialist. He is currently the Technology Manager at the Wadsworth Public Library, where he designs, integrates, and administers all aspects of the library's network and information systems. Trevor is an adjunct professor in the Computer Science and Information Systems Department at Youngstown State University, where he teaches high level programing languages and computer networks. He has been a robot hobbyist for over 20 years with the past 5 years dedicated to NXT-Mindstorms, Vex and Arduino-based robot kits, and consults with local high school robotics teams.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ✔ Outstanding Oveview of How to Do It 29 July 2014
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This book is an extensive overview of how to use the technology of Lego MINDSTORMS and Bluetooth. This book is not a trivial, very high-level discussion. If you are looking for a quick read, with just a sketchy overview, this is not the book for you. Instead, TEAMS OF ROBOTS has a LOT of sophisticated material; I suspect some parts of this book may be confusing for beginners in this technology.

I found the writing to be clear, and the book well-designed. I did not see any editing or obvious formatting errors. Here are some highlights:

♦ Very detailed illustrations throughout the book. For example, the picture of the puma robotic arm with effectors
♦ Explanation of Bluetooth technology, along with common bluetooth-enabled devices.
♦ I especially liked the electronic overview explaining the frequency and antenna patterns of Bluetooth
♦ Helpful screenshots showing how to install specific software--for example, Figure 8-8 illustrates how to update Eclipse firmware
♦ Check-out the BRON Crime Scene (CSI) team!

Appendix A includes standard JAVA classes for leJOS Bluetooth
Appendix B illustrates and discusses the Bluetooth Robotic-Oriented Network (BRON) team members

✔ This is a very impressive work--lots of detail, lots of excellent illustrations and instructions.

Highly recommend!
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