Maximum Lego NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains

Brian Bagnall

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT is an incredible new kit for building and programming your own robotic inventions. Maximum Lego NXT introduces a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming code, complete 3D rendered building instructions and hundreds of illustrations to help you realize your robotic dreams.


Using Java™, the most popular and easy to use programming language available, this book will give you endless entertainment and exploration. It introduces the new LEGO® NXT kit, including the NXT intelligent brick and Bluetooth™.
 
Maximum NXT includes:
 
 • Easy to follow instructions by the author of Core LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Programming
 
 • Explanations for all available sensors and expansion products available for the NXT kit, including unique projects interfacing a video camera, cell phone, GPS, data gloves, and many more
 
 • An exciting collection of 14 robots, including a chess playing robot, an exoskeleton for your hand, a Mars Rover, a robotic arm you can control through the Internet, a 3D object scanner, soccer robots, and many more
 
 • Introduces over two dozen in-depth programming projects including navigation, mapping, precise robotic arm control, voice control and global localization
 
 • Artificial Intelligence concepts including Vision analysis, Rodney Brooks' Subsumption Architecture, and Reinforcement Learning
 
 • Exciting projects that use third-party sensors like compass, tilt sensor, and port expanders
 
 • A full chapter on building with the new LEGO stud-less brick paradigm.
 
 • A complete tutorial on programming Java™ 
 
 • How to install a free development environment for leJOS NXJ, the Java™ Virtual Machine for the NXT
 
• Foreword by Søren Lund, Director of LEGO MINDSTORMS

Maximum LEGO NXT is the ultimate LEGO MINDSTORMS guide:
• Meet NXT • leJOS NXJ • Java for Primates • The leJOS NXJ API • LEGO Parts • Building 101 • Bite into Bluetooth • Grabby Robots • Sound • Robots with Vision • Standing Tall • Localization • Mapping • Path-finding • Hands & Exoskeletons • Network Robotics • Scanning • Behavior-Based Robots • Expanding the NXT • GPS & Harsh Terrain • Speech • Appendices • Index