Aug 5, 2009

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book


The new NXT 2.0 has just been released, and there are multiple books coming out to cover the new robotics kit. You can find most of them by following this link

I'm happy to announce that I'm also working on a book for the NXT 2.0: The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. It is written for the new MINDSTORMS user.

The book introduces programming from the basics onto “advanced” programming with data wires and advanced programming blocks. All of the new programming techniques are introduced while constantly building new robots. With this mix of building and programming, the user won’t easily get tired of playing with the NXT 2.0 kit. Furthermore, there are over 50 challenges in the book which encourage the reader to explore the newly discovered programming techniques by him/ herself.

All of this is packed in a space-themed adventure story, as depicted in the book description below. The book is aimed at younger MINDSTORMS users, but even the experienced user will find some challenging robot designs in this book. All of the robot designs in this book can be built with a single NXT 2.0 kit.

Book description:
From the creative mind of author, robotics instructor, and frequent NXT Step Blog contributor Laurens Valk, The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 Discovery Book is packed with building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots. The Adventure Book follows two astronauts through rigorous ground training in the basics of programming NXT robots. As the book progresses, the astronauts (and you) learn how to build and program increasingly sophisticated robots. When the astronauts depart for their mission, you will learn essential programming skills, including how to make robots move and how to use sensors. With solid programming instruction and crystal clear, full-color building instructions, you will create robots like Strider, the six-legged walking creature, CCC, a vertically moving vehicle, and BS-61, and a machine that sorts by color and size. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book gives you the knowledge to not only build these models, but to develop your own out-of-this-world creations.

Note: The cover can still change, because this is just an early version. More information will follow later on. Can anyone guess what the model on the cover is?

7 comments:

aerotd said...

Will this new book work with the older NXT? It sounds perfect for my son but, we are not able to upgrade to NXT 2 just yet.

LeGo-Bots Lady (;-p) LeGoBot-Gee a.k.a. V.Greene said...

Just in time, because I just received the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit!!!

Laurens Valk said...

Aerotd,

Unfortunately, the book only covers the NXT 2.0 kit. Especially for new users, it would be quite confusing if I constantly talked about different kits in the book, so I chose to go for just 2.0.

Ideally, LEGO would create a NXT 2.0 upgrade pack, including the Color Sensor, extra Touch Sensor, software and other pieces. But because this package would be so big, I doubt that it will happen.

Depending on what you want to do with this book, it can still be helpful, because it does explain the software from the start, and the new software is not all that different from the old version.

Laurens

Jonathan Daudelin said...

Wow... very impressive, Laurens! Nice job!

-Jonathan

megamindstorm101 said...

Awesome book even though it is an introduction and probably parts are too basic for me I will still buy this book to support the Author. :)And I am sure there are a couple of robots in there that will be fun :)

Marc-A Bazergui said...

Laurens Says:
"Can anyone guess what the model on the cover is?"
I Say: "could it be a tripod angel sent from the future to save the minifigs"

Looking forward to your new book!

danim said...

when is the release date for this or is there any way to get it direct from you

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