Mar 2, 2010

The NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, getting closer to release


With this post I'd like to announce that The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book - A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots - is almost ready to be published.

Some aspects of this book changed since I first announced this book, so be sure check the above link for an up to date book description. The book is built around several keypoints:
  • A complete introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0

  • Building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots

  • 50 sample programs and 72 programming challenges (ranging from easy to hard) encourage you to explore newly learned programming techniques

  • 15 building challenges expand on the robot designs and help you develop ideas for new robots
In short, it's a book that will keep anyone who has a NXT 2.0 set have fun with it for hours. Whether you want to learn all about programming in NXT-G (including the basics and 'advanced' programming), wanting to build cool robots with one set, or whether you want to give a go at some of the over 85 programming and building "Discoveries", this is a good book for you. These are the models that you'll find in the book:
  • Explorer, a vehicle that roves around and makes sounds

  • Discovery, a robot that uses sensors to navigate around a room and to follow lines

  • Shot-Roller, a robotic defense system that can shoot in any direction to keep intruders out of a room

  • Strider, a six-legged walking creature (the robot on the cover)

  • SmartBot, a robot you’ll use to explore advanced programming techniques

  • The Snatcher, a robotic arm that grabs, lifts, and moves objects autonomously

  • The Hybrid Brick Sorter, a robot that sorts bricks by color and size

  • CCC, a compact robot that can climb up a chimney
You can view a video with one of the robots in action here. You can pre-order the book (worldwide) using this link, and if you live in the Netherlands or Belgium, you may also purchase an authographed copy through my website.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment here, or send a message to me personally.

Laurens

4 comments:

Armagon said...

I just wanted to chime in and say that I'm really looking forward to this book.

martin said...

Have to say, this one has been on my amazon wishlist since xmas :-)

Laurens Valk said...

Thanks for your replies. I'm glad to hear you look forward to this book.

It's surely been a long wait, but I hope that the result will compensate for the waiting!

Marc-Andre said...

these are still in my amazon.ca pre-ordered cart

Order Date: Oct 22 2009

Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: Mar 17 2010 - Mar 18 2010

* 1 of: The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book

Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: May 27 2010 - May 28 2010

* 1 of: The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide


Order Date: July 18 2009

Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: Mar 17 2010 - Mar 18 2010

* 1 of: Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Adventure Book


good things come to those who are patient :)

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