Advanced NXT: The Da Vinci Inventions Book
I'm proud to announce that my NXT book that is to appear in June is listed now on Amazon.com!
As you might deduce from the abstract there, it's about re-building some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous inventions with LEGO and powering them with the NXT.
All these robots get programmed with the five programming environments that are available presently to execute NXT programs directly on the brick (NXT-G, NXC, RobotC, pbLua and leJOS NXJ).
ps Will have to talk to the arts dept. on the cover, though. ;-)
The cover -- Alpha Rex as Vitruvian Man.
Nah, it has to be a sketch of one of your da Vinci LEGO models.
Congratulations, Matthias! Hope Apress is forthcoming with some "teaser" content, as they were with Jim K.'s book.
Can you build the projects with the retail kit or will you need extra parts...?
Nice idea, btw!
FWIW, my daughter says, "We have GOT to get that book!" And it's not even colorful! *grin*
thanks for the encouraging comments! :-)
Yes, I'd like to have some of Leonardo's original sketches on it - they are very picturesque, after all.
Alejandro, you will need more than a retail kit, I'm afraid - not for brick, motors or sensors, but for the extra technical parts like beams, bricks with holes and turntables, mainly.
I suppose I need to offer you the position of fashion consulter on the book (we would need to discuss the clothes I'm going to wear at presentations, won't we?). ;-)
don't worry: Mathematicians do not wear these kind of things (contrary to engineers, I presume). Yet, how about my thick googles? And the two different sorts of socks? ;-)
I can't speak for Matthias' book, but my Mayan book uses the parts found in just ONE NXT retail kit. No additional LEGO parts needed. Now, if you own the Educational version, it's a different story... the main limitation being my use of the Hassenpin and these not being included in the basic version of the Educational kit (unless something has changed).
that's a pretty good idea indeed.
If I find the time, I'm going to include some "bills of parts required that are not contained in one retail kit, and where to find them" list for each robot in the book.
By the way, Peeron is a good source for finding kits that include given parts.