Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics 1st Edition pdf.
Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics 1st Edition by John Baichtal, Matthew Beckler, Adam Wolf pdf.
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In the classic swords & sorcery flick Conan the Barbarian, the title character is asked “What is best in life?” To which the mighty-thewed warrior responds, “To crush your enemy, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.”
Wrong, Conan. You are wrong.
First of all, crushing people and getting off on their significant others’ lamentations is mega uncool. No, Conan, what is best in life is having your cake and eating it too. Why, barbarian, should you—oh, for example—be able to play with Arduinos but not be able to integrate them into your Lego Mindstorms NXT projects?
If you don’t know, the Arduino phenomenon is pretty much the coolest thing to hit the amateur electronics scene. It makes programming your own microcontroller absurdly easy. You may also be unaware that the Lego Mindstorms NXT phenomenon is pretty much the coolest thing to hit the amateur robotics scene. It makes building your own robot absurdly easy.
Make: Lego and Arduino Projects is dedicated to combining the two.
Assumptions This Book Makes This book starts easy, with the first two projects being relatively simple and accessible to all skill levels. That said, you may find certain topics in the later chapters rather challenging. Don’t worry! Everything you need in order to build the various projects is clearly explained; most of the really hard stuff is purely informational.
Additionally, we made enthusiastic use of our extensive Lego collection in designing the book’s robots. If you have only a modest collection—at the very least you’ll want the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 set—you’ll definitely need to buy more parts to build the projects.
Contents of This Book
We cover a wide variety of topics in this book. Here’s what you get: Chapter One introduces the reader to the mysteries of Lego and Arduino with our Drawbot project. It’s a simple project that creates a robot that draws shapes with a pen. It’ll help you delve into the mysteries of controlling Mindstorms motors with an Arduino. We also introduce the Bricktronics Shield, our Arduino add-on that interfaces between Lego and Arduino.
In Chapter Two we brush up on our Lego skills, learning about the Mindstorms set and compatible product lines like Technic and Power Functions. Chapter Three covers the opposite side of the equation: learning about Arduino and their add-on boards, called shields. Our second project, a Clock, debuts in Chapter Four, and will teach us how to use Mindstorms motors to precisely control the clock’s hands.
Chapter Five details one of the most complicated robots in the book, a Chocolate Milk Maker that pumps milk and chocolate syrup into a cup and mixes them up with a motorized spoon.
We learn more about the mysteries of electronics in Chapter Six, discovering how electricity works, what all those components do, and how to use the electronic hobbyist’s primary diagnostic tool, a multimeter. Chapter Seven serves up another convoluted robot, a Gripperbot: a wheeled manipulator controlled with a pair of Arduino-equipped wristbands and WiiNunchuk controllers.
Chapter Eight shows you how to build a cool electronic instrument, a Keytar. It’s a Lego guitar equipped with buttons and knobs that create a variety of electronic noises!
For the final project, Chapter Nine describes our Lamp project, which details the creation of a smartphone-controlled Lego light fixture.
The book closes with Chapter Ten, where we cover a number of advanced electronic topics like choosing motors and power supplies, and how to create breadboard equivalents to our Bricktronics Shield.
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