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Make-- Lego and Arduino Projects

Baichtal, John (Book - 2012)
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Make amazing robots and gadgets with two of today's hottest DIY technologies. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn how to build devices with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, the Arduino prototyping platform, and some add-on components to bridge the two. Mindstorms alone lets you create incredible gadgets. Bring in Arduino for some jaw-dropping functionality--and open a whole new world of possibilities. Build a drink dispenser, music synthesizer, wireless lamp, and more Each fun and fascinating project includes step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to guide you through the process. Learn how to set up an Arduino programming environment, download the sketches and libraries you need, and work with Arduino's language for non-programmers. It's a perfect book for students, teachers, hobbyists, makers, hackers, and kids of all ages. Build a Drawbot that roams around and traces its path with a marker pen Construct an analog Mindstorms clock with hands that display the correct time Create a machine that mixes a glass of chocolate milk at the touch of a button Make a Gripperbot rolling robotic arm that you control wirelessly with Arduinos mounted on your arms Explore electronic music by building a guitar-shaped Lego synthesizer Build a Lego lamp with on/off and dimmer switches that you control with a smartphone application Jump feet first into the world of electronics, from learning Ohm's Law to working with basic components You'll need the Bricktronics shield created for this book by Open Source Hardware kit maker Wayne and Layne, or you can build a breadboarded equivalent (see Chapter 10) for about $25 in parts.
Authors: Baichtal, John
Title: Make-- Lego and Arduino projects
Publisher: Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 311 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Baichtal, Matthew Beckler & Adam Wolf
Notes: Includes index
Contents: 1. Project: drawbot : Parts list ; Assembly instructions ; Program the robot ; The next chapter
2. Anatomy of Lego robotics : Mindstorms ; Expanding on the mindstorms set ; Programming your brick ; The next chapter
3. Arduino interlude : History of the Auduino project ; What is OSHW? ; Anatomy of the Uno ; The Arduino ecosystem ; Arduino resources ; The next chapter
4. Project: clock : Parts list ; Assembly instructions ; Program the robot ; Setting the clock ; The next chapter
5. Project: chocolate milk maker : Parts list ; Assembly instructions ; Program the robot ; The next chapter
6. Basic electronic theory : Basic concepts in electricity ; Know your electronic components ; Sensors 101 ; Further study
7. Gripperbot : Parts list ; Building instructions ; Assembling the gripperbot's electronics ; Programming the gripperbot ; The next chapter
8. Project: keytar ; Parts list ; Assembly instructions ; Program the keytar ; Play some music! ; The next chapter
9. Project: lamp : Parts list ; Assembly instructions ; Program the lamp ; The next chapter
10. Advanced techniques : Wiring up bricktronics equivalents ; Mounting PCBs to Legos ; Adding Molex connectors to Lego wires ; All about motors ; Powering your robot ; NXT to Arduino communication ; XBee wireless modules ; Epilogue
Additional Contributors: Wolf, Adam
Beckler, Matthew
ISBN: 1449321062
Branch Call Number: 629.892 B152m 2012
Subject Headings: Robots Control systems Design and construction Amateurs' manuals Robots Design and construction Amateurs' manuals Arduino (Programmable controller) LEGO Mindstorms toys
Topical Term: Robots
Arduino (Programmable controller)
LEGO Mindstorms toys
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Learn how to build robots and gadgets with these two popular DIY technologies. Build a drink dispenser, music synthesizer, wireless lamp and more.

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Feb 14, 2013
  • JCLMeredithN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great book if you already have the Lego Mindstorms kit. If you're looking to do robotics or electronics with random legos laying around, this won't help much. BUT, if you do have the kit, there are some really awesome projects in here where you can combine your Mindstorm legos with a simple, cheap Arduino Uno.


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