Jun 19, 2007

"Advanced NXT: The da Vinci Inventions Book": A Brief Review

This may be Matthias Paul Scholz's magnum opus, a book that combines history, art and NXT technology.

The heart of the book is building and programming instructions for five of da Vinci's contraptions: the armored car, the catapult, the revolving bridge, the aerial screw and the flying machine. Matthias provides five ways to program each of his five NXT models, using NXT-G, RobotC, NXC, pbLua and leJOS NXJ.

In addition, Matthias provides a detailed installation and configuration guide for each of the aforementioned programs. In my opinion, this guide alone is worth the price of the book.

Matthias provides a wealth of other material, including the historical background behind da Vinci's creations, as well as ideas for building other "NXT" da Vinci inventions.

A prediction: Matthias' NXT catapult will be standard equipment for office cubicles around the world.

2 comments:

Eric D. Burdo said...

Woohoo! Catapult!

Ok. Definitely on my wish list... I need a good catapult here in the office. *twisted*

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Rick,
I'm flattered. Thanks for the kind words. :-)
Well, I hope your prediction turns out to be true - yet, as this is my first book, I will be happy already when the NXT community does not knock the stuffing out of me...

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