Organizations to which he belongs include the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AAEM), the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), and the Association of Space Explorers. He holds five patents, has written 50 articles in scientific journals, and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards. Dr. Barry retired from NASA in April 2005 to start his own company, Denbar Robotics, where he currently builds robots. Dr. Barry currently lives in South Hadley, MA.Affiliations and ExpertiseFormer Space Shuttle AstronautMario FerrariMario Ferrari received his first Lego box around 1964, when he was 4. Lego was his favorite toy for many years, until he thought he was too old to play with it. In 1998, the Lego Mindstorms RIS set gave him reason to again have Lego become his main addiction. Mario believes Lego is the closest thing to the perfect toy. He is Managing Director at EDIS, a leader in finishing and packaging solutions and promotional packaging. The advent of the MINDSTORMS product line represented for him the perfect opportunity to combine his interest in IT and robotics with his passion for LEGO bricks, which started during his early childhood. Mario has been a very active member of the online MINDSTORMS community from the beginning and has pushed LEGO robotics to its limits. Mario holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Turin and has always nourished a strong interest for physics, mathematics, and computer science. He is fluent in many programming languages and his background includes positions as an IT manager and as a project supervisor. Mario estimates he owns over 60,000 Lego pieces. Mario works in Modena, Italy, where he lives with his wife Anna and his children Sebastiano and Camilla.Affiliations and ExpertiseAuthor of bestselling "Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms", ItalyGuilio FerrariGiulio Ferrari is a student in Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he also studied Engineering. He is fond of computers and has developed utilities, entertainment software, and Web applications for several companies. Giulio discovered robotics in 1998, with the arrival of MINDSTORMS, and held an important place in the creation of the Italian LEGO community. He shares a love for LEGO bricks with his oldest brother Mario, and a strong curiosity for the physical and mathematical sciences. Giulio also has a collection of 1200 dice, including odd-faced dice and game dice. He studies, works, and lives in Modena, Italy.Affiliations and ExpertiseAuthor of bestselling "Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms", ItalyRatings and ReviewsWrite a review
Lego Mindstorms (sometimes stylized as LEGO MINDSTORMS) is a hardware and software structure which develops programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. Each version includes computer Lego bricks, a set of modular sensors and motors, and parts from the Lego Technic line to create the mechanical systems. The system is controlled by the Lego bricks.
The crystal clear instructions in the Discovery Book will show you how to harness the capabilities of the NXT 2.0 set to build and program your own robots. Author and robotics instructor Laurens Valk walks you through the set, showing you how to use its various pieces, and how to use the NXT software to program robots. Interactive tutorials make it easy for you to reach an advanced level of programming as you learn to build robots that move, monitor sensors, and use advanced programming techniques like data wires and variables. You'll build eight increasingly sophisticated robots like the Strider (a six-legged walking creature), the CCC (a climbing vehicle), the Hybrid Brick Sorter (a robot that sorts by color and size), and the Snatcher (an autonomous robotic arm). Numerous building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and to apply what you've learned as you develop the skills essential to creating your own robots.
This is a perfect introduction for those new to building and programming with the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set. The book also includes intriguing robot designs and useful programming tips for more seasoned MINDSTORMS builders.
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners who help test and develop new NXT products. He has been inventing robots with the MINDSTORMS NXT sets since their introduction, and one of his robot designs appears on the NXT 2.0 packaging. Valk is a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (No Starch Press) and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he teaches robotics.
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Mars Base Command is a book of challenge. It's about challenging yourself to design and build robots to solve problems, tough problems. Taking a similar approach to best-selling LEGO author James Kelly's other books, this book presents a series of four challenges in the setting of mankind's first-ever manned base on the planet Mars. Each challenge begins with a backstory to set the scene. You're given instructions for constructing a playing field, including devices that your eventual robot must manipulate. Your job is to build a robot that will execute the challenge and garner you the most points.
The Ultimate Tool for MINDSTORMS Maniacs The new MINDSTORMS kit has been updated to include a programming brick, USB cable, RJ11-like cables, motors, and sensors. This book updates the robotics information to be compatible with the new set and to show how sound, sight, touch, and distance issues are now dealt with. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and its predecessor, the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System (RIS), have been called "the most creative play system ever developed." This book unleashes the full power and potential of the tools, sensors, and components that make up LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. It also provides a unique insight on newer studless building techniques as well as interfacing with the traditional studded beams. Some of the world's leading LEGO MINDSTORMS inventors share their knowledge and development secrets. You will discover an incredible range of ideas to inspire your next invention. This is the ultimate insider's look at LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT system and is the perfect book whether you build world-class competitive robots or just like to mess around for the fun of it. Featuring an introduction by astronaut Dan Barry and written by Dave Astolfo, Invited Member of the MINDSTORMS Developer Program and MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP) groups, and Mario and Guilio Ferrari, authors of the bestselling Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms, this book covers: Understanding LEGO Geometry Playing with Gears Controlling Motors Reading Sensors What's New with the NXT? Building Strategies Programming the NXT Playing Sounds and Music Becoming Mobile Getting Pumped: Pneumatics Finding and Grabbing Objects Doing the Math Knowing Where You Are Classic Projects Building Robots Tha
Have you seen the movie Star Wars? One of the most interesting things about this movie is the variety of robots. There are robots that talk to farming equipment, protocol robots, and even medical robots! But what exactly is and what makes up a robot? The definition of a robot varies, depending on with whom you speak, but in general, a robot has a reprogrammable brain (computer) that controls a body. A robot is made up of a movable physical structure, a power supply, a motor, a sensor, and a computer brain that controls all of these parts.
In this engineering science fair project, you and your team will build a robot using a LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit. Click on the link in the Bibliography to watch the DragonflyTV video showing how Sasha, Makeisha, Claire, Hannah, Annice, and Emily go about building their robot. First you'll need to assemble your team. Then, you should all precisely define the function of the robot. For this engineering science fair project, you must build a fast, stable robot whose function is to make a turn with a tight radius (called a turning radius). You'll then become familiar with the Mindstorms software, and build and compare robots with different numbers of wheels to see how that affects stability and speed. Building a functioning robot is hard work, but it is rewarding and fun, too!
The guide will help you with designing and using complex advanced attachments and will also help you with building reliable and consistent robots. But before any of this, you should get familiar with the season, its missions, and rules.
Luckily, we've recorded and explained our solutions to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenges since 2012. We advise you to start with the most recent ones and then go to the older missions and their solutions and reviews. Learn how similar missions were approached in the past. As you have this toolbox of knowledge, you can now decide which of the attachments and robots to modify and use for the current season.
There are several options for different robot bases, chassis, and approaches. These robots are suitable for starting initially and getting going with the competition. Based on the review you've done of previous competitions, you have to make a choice, and this choice is "Which robot should I build"?
Learn by building several robot constructions, then choose a design that suits your team and your goals. Simple constructions are powerful, and you could easily win a local or regional competition using them. Look at the robots you could build from your LEGO set, but also look at robots that are from different sets, as they have a lot of good ideas in them that you can incorporate.
Getting a full run with all the points is difficult to achieve with a basic robot. The reason is the size, the number of motors, the number of sensors, and how easy it is to add attachments. There are a few advanced constructions that can inspire you to build the most perfect robot for your team and your FLL competitions. That is where advanced ideas come into place. Also, don't forget that the more advanced robots would require more parts than the standard set. 781b155fdc