Buy Lego Mindstorm Programming Books and Guides

Lego Mindstorms and Lego Mindstorms NXT is a Lego series which utilises Technics robot pieces. Mindstorms are controlled by a special master brick to which motors or other sensors can be attached. This master brick can be programmed using a computer to take inputs from the sensors, interpret and then act on the data with the motors or other output devices like LEGO lamps which allows for the creation of wireless lego robots. These Sensors can be things like, thermometers, light sensors, sound sensors, touch sensors, and Ultrasonic sensors.With Lego Miondstorms NXT any Bluetooth enabled device such as a phone can be used to command the robot.

As you would expect getting the most out of these Lego models is an extremely complex business and so a whole plethora of guides and manuals around the sets on designing and expanding the Mindstorm NXT sets has grown up, extending the possibilities of the models well beyond their original plan these guides come with instructions on how to programme some truly exceptional robots.. This hub concentrates on many of this written material, if you are interested just in the Mindstorm and Mindstorm NXT sets please see my Buy Lego Mindstorm hub or my Buy Lego Mindstorm NXT hub

Amazon is a great source for these manuals and guides and they can be at extremely reasonable prices, Ebay also gives you a huge variety of new and used books to choose from as well as allowing you to still find books that are no longer in print.

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide

This is the bestselling book for Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot Inventors. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide helps you to harness the capabilities of the NXT set and effectively plan, build, and program your own NXT robots.

The book covers a brief introduction of the Mindstorms NXT, along with an examination of all the pieces and their roles in the construction of robots. There are also guides on practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears as well as an in-depth guide to the official NXT-G programming language. Finally there are step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots.

The robots you can build are

  • Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
  • Bumper-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that explores your room and avoids objects
  • Claw-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that searches for objects and pushes them away with its claw
  • Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to "tag" it with a flashlight
  • Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches a ball at intruders
  • Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that finds a target and then hits a ball into the target

All in all this essential reading for anyone starting out with Lego Mindstorms and wanting to start to explore the possibilities there are with Mindstorms NXT. It's easy to read and complrehensive plus some of the robots are pretty cool.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King's Treasure

This is an awesome book specially designed for kids which is both an engaging story and a personal tutorial on robotics programming. You’ll learn all about the motors and sensors in the NXT 2.0 kit whilst you are lead through a series of five projects centered on an engaging story line.

Children learn to constructively brainstorm solutions to problems and get to follow clear, photo-illustrated instructions that help them build, test, and operate a series of five robots corresponding to the five challenges Evan and his uncle must overcome in their search for lost treasure.

This is a very fun and interactive way for children or young adults to learn the basics and some of the more advanced concepts open to them using Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders

This book is aimed at both those who are just getting started with Lego robotics or those who have been building and programming robots for years, Lego Mindstorms NXT One-Kit Wonders is packed with new and exciting techniques, advice, and guides to build an amazing 10 robots, all from one NXT Kit.

The robots you get to build and program are;

  • PunchBot, a robot that you program using old-fashioned punchcards
  • M, a robot that sorts your M&M candies by color
  • NXT Dragster, a super-fast racecar that will take you all the way to the drag strip
  • BobBot, a versatile skid-steer loader, equipped with a ball grabber or demolition claw
  • RoboLock, a security system for your robots
  • The Hand, a robotic replacement hand to protect you from those dangerous cleanup jobs, like picking up your brother's gym socks
  • SPC, a robotic vehicle that can park itself between two objects using front-wheel drive
  • The Bike, a two-wheeled robot that can balance and steer

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The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book is a complete, illustrated, beginner's guide to MINDSTORMS. The detailed instructions in the Discovery Book show you how to harness the capabilities of your Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 set to build and program your own robots. You are shown how to use the various pieces, and how to use the NXT software to program robots. Interactive tutorials make it easy to reach an advanced level of programming as you build robots that move, monitor sensors, and use advanced programming techniques like data wires and variables.

WIthin the guide are eight increasingly sophisticated robots like the Strider (a six-legged walking creature), the CCC (a climbing vehicle), the Hybrid Brick Sorter (a robot that sorts by color and size), and the Snatcher (an autonomous robotic arm). 50 sample programs and 72 programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and the 15 building challenges expand on the robot designs and help you develop ideas for new robots.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots: Build a Rubik's Cube Solver and a Tic-Tac-Toe Playing Robot!

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots shows you how to build and program two robots that think. You'll be amazed when the TTT Tickler draws with you at tic-tac-toe and equally amazed when the One-Armed Wonder solves a Rubik's Cube in just a few minutes.

These models are challenging, and require a bit of thinking to get them to work.In addition to providing detailed instructions for building each model with either the original or the NXT 2.0 set, you get taken inside the robots and shown how they're designed, what makes them think, and how to use them.

In addition you get to learn how to:control and calibrate the robots for best performance, dig into tic-tac-toe strategy to see how the TTT Tickler always plays to win, and better understand artificial intelligence as it relates to robotics, problem solving, and gaming.

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The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book helps you design and build some really cool and sophisticated models, including instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.

The fundamentals of programming and design are explained exceptionally well, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the MINDSTORMS NXT system. There is an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears etc) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.

In the book you get to build the following robots

  • RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Scissors, Paper
  • 3D PhotoBot, a robot that will help you take photographs that can be converted into 3D images
  • Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever
  • ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT's LCD
  • Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot
  • CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robot

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LEGO Mindstorms NXT Power Programming: Robotics in C

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Power Programming: Robotics in C book is filled with fun projects, tips, instructions, illustrations, and programs. It is a comprehensive companion to the powerful Mindstorms NXT robot kit. This second edition to programming on the NXT helps users make the most of the latest LEGO Mindstorms NXT release for further robot enhancements. Also included is an ingenious set of projects that explore the complete arsenal of basic and advanced NXT functionality. At the heart of these projects is Versa, a versatile mobile robot platform that utilizes modular attachments.

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The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo is an excellent book for your younger Lego robot builders, its a kid-friendly easy to follow guide to creating and programming animal-like models that walk, crawl, hop, and roll like its real animal cousins.

The robots that you get to build are;

  • Ribbit, a jumping frog
  • Bunny, a hopping rabbit
  • Sandy, a walking camel
  • Spiderbot, an eight-legged spider that avoids objects and walks forward and backward
  • Snout, a walking alligator that opens and closes its jaws
  • LEGOsaurus, a four-legged, plodding dinosaur
  • Pygmy, a walking elephant that raises and lowers its head
  • Polecat, a skunk on wheels that lifts its tail and shoots "darts"
  • Strutter, a peacock on wheels that turns and flutters its tail feathers.

Teachers and home educators will also appreciate an appendix with helpful suggestions for using the models in the classroom.

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Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms NXT

The Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms covers a diverse range of topics to do with Lego Mindstorms. It ranges from Understanding LEGO Geometry, Controlling Motors, Reading Sensors, Programming the NXT and Finding and Grabbing Objects. In the book you get to build Robots That Walk, Robotic Animals and a Robot that can Solve a Maze amongst many many others.

This book is just fantastic. It starts out with the basics for building strong stable robots, and moves on to more complex ideas. Although unlike alot of the other books it doesn't have step by step instructions, and is more of an ideas book for NXT enthusiasts.

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