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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide--New from No Starch Press
The User's Guide to the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Robotics Kit
San Francisco, CA, November 30, 2010--The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set includes an impressive
assortment of electronic parts and building elements as well as powerful software. Users can invent
thousands of functional robots with these components, but without a detailed user's guide, the
set's potential can seem overwhelming. With so many possibilities, where does one begin?
For users who need a leg up, San Francisco-based No Starch Press (publisher of such best-selling
LEGO titles as "Forbidden LEGO" and "The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide") offers "The Unofficial
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide" (No Starch Press, December 2010, 336 pp., $29.95, ISBN
This revised edition of the best-selling book on the NXT kit has been completely updated to cover
the changes in NXT 2.0, including an additional chapter on NXT-G tools and step-by-step
instructions for building, programming, and testing six all-new robots. Author David J. Perdue
introduces new users to the basics of the NXT 2.0 set and then launches into a detailed discussion
of the building elements and construction techniques. After a crash course in the official NXT-G
programming language, veteran robot builder Laurens Valk takes over with instructions for the
robots, all of which can be built with parts found in the NXT 2.0 set. The robots include:
- Inventor-Bot, a fast, simple, modular vehicle with treads
- Sentry-Bot, a robot guard that shoots balls at intruders
- Table-Bot, a vehicle that uses its antennae to avoid falling off a tabletop
- The Jeep, a four-wheeled vehicle that avoids obstacles and follows lines
- The Lizard, a large walking robot that uses the color sensor to detect and respond to different
- The Printer, a stationary robot that uses a pen or marker to draw letters, words, and shapes on
"This is the sort of guide to building with the NXT 2.0 set that should come in the NXT box,"
explains No Starch Press publisher Bill Pollock. "It gives new NXT users a great foundation in
building and programming, and it includes building instructions for robots that will inspire even
the most experienced builders." With an NXT 2.0 set and a copy of "The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS
NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide," the creative possibilities are endless.
For more information or to request a review copy of "The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0
Inventor's Guide," contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (firstname.lastname@example.org,
+1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.
About the Author
David J. Perdue (http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zn0r57gchf7kdb553skoj7cva7r...) has been
inventing robots with MINDSTORMS since 2001. The author of Competitive MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004),
he has also written for BrickJournal and Computing Unplugged. David is an implementation delivery
engineer for EMC, an information infrastructure provider. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
About the Robot Builder
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP) and has been inventing robots
with the MINDSTORMS NXT sets since their introduction. Laurens is the author of "The LEGO
MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book," a coauthor of "LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders" (both No
Starch Press), and a contributor to the popular NXT Step Blog
(http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1z6n3jvjlboj6q08230pohn9dqfl...). Laurens lives in the
Netherlands where he currently studies Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He
maintains a website of his robot projects at
Praise for the First Edition of "The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
"With very solid how-tos, an awesome programming section as well as cool robots, the Inventor's
Guide has a lot to offer both brand-new users as well as experienced builders. Best of all, the
models described in the book use parts from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT starter set, so you don't
have to be a power user to get started building."
"This book is an excellent introduction to LEGO robotics and, frankly, is what should have come in
the box with the NXT kit. If you want to learn about NXT robots, you need to get this book."
Chapter 4: "Understanding the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 pieces" (PDF):
Table of Contents: http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1z39rrq5fmshjlqrasje42hobj6q...
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF):
Index (PDF): http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zpbcjvo48gkji08r70r4tjj5t32...
Catalog Page: http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zspfjs7bgg02touv1sg3seacq2k...
The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide
by David J. Perdue with Laurens Valk
December 2010, 336 pp.
ISBN 9781593272159, $29.95 USD
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