Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming: Unleash the Power of the Java Platform

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LEGO Mindstorms robots can do more than you ever imagined! The secret: go beyond the built-in tools and leverage the power of Java. In Core LEGO Mindstorms, author Brian Bagnall shows you how, step by step. Working from beautifully rendered 3-D plans and photographs, you’ll construct five unique robots. You’ll master advanced proximity and compass sensors, even master MIT’s new breakthrough in robotics: behavior control programming…. More >>

Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming: Unleash the Power of the Java Platform

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6 Comments

  1. Contents includes:

    interfacing a robot to a PC

    electronics schematics : light, touch. motion sensors, distance, compass sensors

    Robot magazine cost $5.99 and includes non JAVA educational robots
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. While taking java courses at the local college, I ventured into the idea of applying what I had learned. Being an avid Mindstorms fan, I found this to be the perfect outlet. This book has re-affirmed what I have learned as well as created new ways to look at the programming. Due my success with this product, my professors have asked that I periodically come by with a program for student review and demonstration of applied programming.

    It is well written with unassuming overtones. The portions on building your own sensors also make electronic assembly easier. The graphics are black and white on flimsy paper giving the book a sense of newspaper style instructional manuals. This said, presentation could be better.

    All in all this is a very good tool for the Mindstorms nut, Java programmer, and techy at heart. I highly recommend added it to your tool box!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I bought this book to teach students to program their NXTs using Java as the next level above NXT-G. As I began using the book, I came to realize that many examples and explanations were written for the RCX. The few that existed for the NXT did not seem to work or were not as well explained. I am still using the book for ideas but this book is not helping me as much as I expected.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. If you have the Lego RIS and are interested in Java then this is the book to get. Bagnall leads you through the installation of LEJOS and JCreator (both freeware) including setting up the environment variables on your PC. He also gives a brief introduction to Java, enough to get you started. The chapters on behavior, proximity detection and navigation are especially good. As an added bonus, applying the techniques discussed in this book is a fun way of learning the basic concepts of Java and object oriented programming. It won’t make you an expert, but it will get you started.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. This book has a lot to offer. The instructions for the robots are nicely rendered and the information is thoughtfully explained. The title is a bit of a misnomer because no book on robotics can be just about programming. At least 50% of the book is concerned with building, including two chapters on building sensors. There are a lot of fun projects in this book including a Wall follower, navigating robots, and a robot that is connected to a web page just to name a few. I can’t wait to try some of these projects out.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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