Lego Mindstorms

ISBN-10: 1590590635
ISBN-13: 9781590590638
Edition: 2nd 2003
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Description: The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System kit enables anyone to build programmable robots with an assortment of LEGO pieces that snap, slide, and click into place. In this exciting second edition from MINDSTORMS expert Dave Baum, you'll be able  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 11/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System kit enables anyone to build programmable robots with an assortment of LEGO pieces that snap, slide, and click into place. In this exciting second edition from MINDSTORMS expert Dave Baum, you'll be able to take your robotics experiments to a new level. Baum takes you step-by-step through the entire process of building and programming MINDSTORMS robots using both LEGO's RCX code and the author's own, more powerful programming language, Not Quite C (NQC). This edition has been updated with new programs that take advantage of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System 2.0 and includes instructions for building 14 different robots including Tankbot, Bugbot, and Brick Sorter. With Definitive Guide to LEGO MINDSTORMS, Second Edition, you will master the challenging yet always fun creation of your own robots from the ground up!

About the Author
Acknowledgments
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Fundamentals
Getting Started
Robotics Invention System
Software
NQC Quick Start
The START Program
The View Button
Attaching Motors
Debugging
Moving On
The RCX
The Hardware
Firmware
Tasks and Subroutines
Output Ports
Sensors
Other Capabilities
Conclusion
Introduction to NQC
A Simple Program
Controlling Outputs
Miscellaneous Commands
Using #define
Using Sensors
Using Variables
Expressions
Conditions
Control Structures
Using Tasks
Functions
Displaying Values
Events
Conclusion
Construction
Structures
Basic Gears
Specialized Gears
Pulleys and Belts
Ratchets
Conclusion
Robots
Tankbot
Construction
Driving Straight
Turning
Conclusion
Bumpbot
A Simple Approach
A Better Bumper
A Better Program
Conclusion
Bugbot
Construction
RCX Code Blocks
Multiple Watchers
Synchronous Behavior
Stuck in a Corner
Tuning the Corner Detector
Conclusion
Linebot
Construction
Seeing the Line
Feedback
Following the Line
Dynamic Thresholds
Improved Line Following
Conclusion
Dumpbot
Construction
Delivering Cargo
Conclusion
Scanbot
Construction
Looking and Steering
Improving the Scanbot Program
Using Scanbot When Space Is Limited
Conclusion
Tribot
The Swivel Wheel
Construction
Programming
Variations
Onebot
Driving with One Motor
Construction
Programming
Conclusion
Steerbot
Rack and Pinion Steering
Chassis Construction
Programming
Asynchronous Steering
Conclusion
Diffbot
Dual-Differential Drive
Constructing the Remote
Programming the Remote
Conclusion
Brick Sorter
Construction
Programming
Sorting
Conclusion
Vending Machine
Construction
Theory of Operation
Programming in RCX Code
Programming in NQC
Testing
Conclusion
Communication
Reprogrammed Vending Machine
Candy Dispenser
Delivery Truck
Programming Delivery Truck in RCX Code
Programming Delivery Truck in NQC
Testing
Conclusion
Using the Datalog
Datalog Basics
Logging Transactions
Keeping Track of the Television
Watching Water Freeze
Conclusion
Roboarm
The Base
The Arm
The Body
Basic Operations
Starting Position
The Test Mat
Cleaning Up
Lining Up
Conclusion
Appendixes
Mindstorms Sets
Retail Base Sets
Retail Expansion Sets
Educational Sets
Accessories
Supplementary Parts
Programming Tools
RCX Code
NQC
ROBOLAB
MindScript and LASM
Custom Firmware
NQC Quick Reference
The NQC Language
The NQC API
Online Resources
General Information
Shopping
Programming Tools and Advanced Topics
Afterword
Index

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