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High-Tech LEGO

by Grady Koch
July 2020, 200 pp.
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The 16 projects in this book use parts from multiple LEGO sets, including the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set, to recreate highly technical inventions and explore science concepts along the way. Projects include a motion-activated camera for spying on wild animals, a tool that measures the latitude and tilt of the earth, projects with lasers, a cannon that relies on infrared technology to detect hot targets, and more. You will learn how to combine LEGO parts with other components, sometimes breaking the LEGO "rules" by altering pieces with power tools, to create entirely new parts for experiments.

Author Bio 

Grady Koch is the creator of hightechlego.com. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, 30 years of experience as a research engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, and three patents in the field of LiDAR for studying the atmosphere. He has written or contributed to over 175 conference and seminar papers, including 13 peer-reviewed journal papers as first author. Throughout his career, Koch has worked with student interns and learned how to bridge the gap between a student's academic instruction and laboratory practice.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: The Motion-Activated Critter Cam
Chapter 2: The LEGO-Compatible Laser
Chapter 3: The Laser Security Fence
Chapter 4: Morse Code Transmitters
Chapter 5: Infrared Message Transmitters
Chapter 6: The Automatic Insect Trapper
Chapter 7: The Motion-Sensing Radar
Chapter 8: The Tower of Eratosthenes
Chapter 9: Hacking LEGO Light Bricks
Chapter 10: The Flickering Fireplace

Chapter 11: The Laser Light Show
Chapter 12: The Infrared Thermometer and Cannon
The chapters in red are included in this Early Access PDF.