Build a Rubik's Cube Solver and a Tic-Tac-Toe Playing Robot!
It may look like one, but the LEGO? MINDSTORMS? NXT set is not a toy. Whether you′ve been building with the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set for years or you just picked up a 2.0 set, you′ll love this book. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT thinking Robots will show you how to build and program two robots that think. You′ll be awestruck when the TTT Tickler ties you at tic-tac-toe and amazed when the One-Armed Wonder solves a Rubik′s Cube in just a few minutes. These robots aren′t child′s play. The models are challenging, and you′ll have to do a bit of thinking yourself to get them work. But once you get the hang of it, your efforts will be amply rewarded. In addition to providing detailed instructions for building each model with either the original or the NXT 2.0 set, authoer Daniele Benedettelli takes you inside robots to show you how they′re designed, waht makes them think, and how to use them. You′ll learn how to: - Control and calibrate you robots for best performance - Dig into tic-tac-toe strategy to see how the TTT Tickler always plays to win - Use the CubeSover program to solve a Rubik′s Cube with the One-Armed Wonder - Better understand artificial intelligence as it relates to robotics, problem solving, and gaming So go ahead, put on your thinking cap and get building! Requirements: A computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher, one complete LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT or NXT 2.0 set, a webcam, some marbles, a couple of rubber bands, and an Internet connection (to download the programs).