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Maximum Lego NXT
Maximum Lego NXT

Maximum Lego NXT

Building Robots with Java Brains


524 Pages, 7 x 9 1/4

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $41.95)

Publication Date: April 2007

ISBN 9780973864915

Rights: US, CA, UK, EUR, AU & NZ

Variant Press (Apr 2007)

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Harness the capabilities of Java for programming Lego robots

Over two dozen fun and challenging projects using the next generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ and the Java™ programming languageLEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT is an incredible new kit for building and programming your own robotic inventions. Maximum Lego NXT introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3D rendered building instructions and hundreds of illustrations to help you realize your robotic dreams.Using Java™, the most popular and easy to use programming language available, this book will give you endless entertainment and exploration. It introduces the new LEGO® NXT kit, including the NXT intelligent brick and Bluetooth™. Maximum NXT includes: • Easy to follow instructions by the author of Core LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Programming • Explanations for all available sensors and expansion products available for the NXT kit, including unique projects interfacing a video camera, cell phone, GPS, data gloves, and many more • An exciting collection of 14 robots, including a chess playing robot, an exoskeleton for your hand, a Mars Rover, a robotic arm you can control through the Internet, a 3D object scanner, soccer robots, and many more • Introduces over two dozen in-depth programming projects including navigation, mapping, precise robotic arm control, voice control and global localization • Artificial Intelligence concepts including Vision analysis, Rodney Brooks' Subsumption Architecture, and Reinforcement Learning • Exciting projects that use third-party sensors like compass, tilt sensor, and port expanders • A full chapter on building with the new LEGO stud-less brick paradigm. • A complete tutorial on programming Java™ • How to install a free development environment for leJOS NXJ, the Java™ Virtual Machine for the NXT • Foreword by Søren Lund, Director of LEGO MINDSTORMSMaximum LEGO NXT is the ultimate LEGO MINDSTORMS guide:• Meet NXT • leJOS NXJ • Java for Primates • The leJOS NXJ API • LEGO Parts • Building 101 • Bite into Bluetooth • Grabby Robots • Sound • Robots with Vision • Standing Tall • Localization • Mapping • Path-finding • Hands & Exoskeletons • Network Robotics • Scanning • Behavior-Based Robots • Expanding the NXT • GPS & Harsh Terrain • Speech • Appendices • Index


"[This book] succeeds brilliantly in the difficult tasks of introducing the reader to the Java language, to the Mindstorms system, and to some programming techniques peculiar to robotics . . . in such a pleasant way that [the reader] doesn't even realize [he or she is] learning new concepts." —Mario Ferrari, author, Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms

Author Biography

Brian Bagnall is the author of several computer books for Variant Press, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall PTR, and Syngress Publishing. He is a key developer of leJOS, the Java SDK for LEGO MINDSTORMS. Brian is the author of the groundbreaking Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming, which has been translated into French and Japanese. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer and Developer and co-author of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide.