Oct 1, 2007

ISOGAWA Yoshihito book now available

Please see our post from last week for sample pages from the book.

The PDF file is now available and the author requests a small fee of $10 if you find the book useful and/or wish to help support more of his work.

You can get the book here.

14 comments:

Eric D. Burdo said...

I must say... WOW!

This book is phenomenal! There are SO many things in this book, you need to take the time to build some of them. Just trying to browse it, and my brain started overloading and trying to short-circuit on me.

The author covers gears, waling robots, wheeled. Magnets and pneumatics. Lights, funky devices to change the action based on the direction of the motor, all kinds of gearing devices (including "shifting" to change gear speeds, or actions).

This book definitely warrants the $10 recommended donation.

The only real "complaint" that I have, is that most of these devices can't be built (following the screenshots) from the retail or educational NXT kits. You could easily adapt many of them though, so that isn't a real drawback.

Robolab 2.9 said...

Wow... the bandwith limit got exceeded. But now I can't see it :-( thought it does look good from the previews.

Richard

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

What a gold mine! If you look for engineering solutions for challenges that arise so often when creating new models, this book offers an abundance of them.

Very worthwhile to download, and the 10 bucks are well invested.

Domo arigato gozaimashita, Isogawa-sama!

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Post scriptum: You will notice from the book that contemporary Japanese people are very fond of colourful designs. ;-)

Eric D. Burdo said...

I think the colorful creations are more function than design.

It you look, you'll notice very few pieces of the same color, side-by-side.

Makes it really easy to figure out what pieces were used, and how the connect together.

If a color-scheme had been used, this would make the piece recognition harder.

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Good point, Eric!
I didn't think of that.

Yet, we also may notice the stupendous Japanese sense for combining functionality with form here again.

Jim Kelly said...

I've always been fond of the way that Japanese books use a lot of logos and icons in their book that are very easy to decipher.

This one uses symbols for magnetics, pneumatics, etc... very easy to understand.

Jim

Brian Davis said...

Actually, skimming through it I really thought back to LEGO Idea books. The lack of text and yet making things very understandable is always something that impresses me, and the mechanical techniques (technics?) themselves are a very nice compilation of old tricks, new tricks, and old tricks in new (studless) clothing.

He's got me $10, no question.

--
Brian Davis

Joe Meno said...

I'm VERY impressed with the book - I unfortunately want to print it though:-)

I'll be paying $20 - one for each download: one for the desktop and one for the laptop.

Joe Meno

Anonymous said...

does anyone know how to get this given the current bandwidth limit exceeded condition?

Christopher R. Smith (Littlehorn) said...

I like the book! It's very nice and well presented! A lot of useful builds in there. The color style is typical of "one-step instruction" where contrasting colors describe part and position in a completed simple construct. The style was mainly used to detail a model before CAD programs and disposable digital cameras. Scanners were the game. Times when we had slow modems and our shared photos were few, smaller, less detailed, and took forever to download. One or 2 shots really needed to do the trick. These days there are 10 shots of each element from all angles...but not in this book ! I love it! But, Eric has explained that already ;)

Yoshihito is a great and very talented LEGO builder. I enjoyed posting his creations in the old LEGO MINDSTORMS forums (CAD Depots) years ago in that far off...well...before blogs anyway.

Chris

PF..(HaHa, I mean P.S.) Piles of building examples and techniques are what is needed these days. Extra little bits of Technic Tips. Sort of like the RIS Constructopedia.

Chris

ISOGAWA Yoshihito said...

I had been thinking how I could tell my LEGO Technic knowledge and experience to people who can't read Japanese. Unfortunately I cannot write English well. Therefore this book was made by only icons and pictures instead of text.

As Eric has explained, I used pieces of different color, side-by-side. I'm very pleased he noticed it.

This comment was translated by my wife. Even my wife's English is not perfect, we are sorry that we cannot understand a 100% of nuance of your comments.
We, however, enjoy reading your comments. Thank you very much.

Yoshihito Isogawa

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

By the way, Mr. Isogawa told me that the title "Tora no Maki" originates from a ancient Chinese book on military tactics and denotes a book that describes secret and effective ways to achieve some goal.

Kike said...

Hola soy de Piura - Perú, y deso obtener el libro, pero me podrian ayudar en el tramite para la donación de 10 dólares. GRACIAS

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