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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide—New from No Starch Press
A user’s guide to the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics kit

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide San Francisco, CA—The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 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 the set’s potential can seem overwhelming to many. 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 Inventor’s Guide (Nov 2008, 320 pp., ISBN 978-1-59327-154-1). “This is the sort of guide to building with the NXT set that should come in the NXT box,” said No Starch Press publisher Bill Pollock.

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide helps readers young and old harness the power of the NXT set as they plan, build, and program their own robots. Author David J. Perdue’s goal was to write a guide to help owners of the NXT set invent NXT robots while having lots of fun in the process. Perdue, a veteran robot builder, introduces new users to the basics of the NXT 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 and a brief look at several unofficial programming languages, he offers step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six robots, all of which can be built with the parts found in the NXT set:

With a NXT set and a copy of The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide, the creative possibilities are endless!

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David J. Perdue is the author of Competitive MINDSTORMS (Apress, 2004) and has written for BrickJournal. He has been inventing with MINDSTORMS since 2001 and has received three Special Mention awards for his creations on the official online MINDSTORMS invention gallery. He lives with his family in Round Rock, Texas, and maintains his website at www.davidjperdue.com.

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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide
David J. Perdue
ISBN 9781593271541, 320 pages, $29.95 USD
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