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Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

Book Description

Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 shows you how to create new fun and fantastic creations with the new EV3 programmable brick along with other new EV3 pieces and features. You'll learn the language of the EV3 brick, and then go on to create a variety of programmable vehicles using MINDSTORMS and Technic parts.

You'll then move into creating robot parts, including robotic arms. You'll even learn how to make different types of MINDSTORMS walkers. Finally, you'll learn how to incorporate light and sound into your amazing EV3 creations.

Whether you're a MINDSTORMS enthusiast wanting to know more about EV3, a robotics competitor, or just a LEGO fan who wants to learn all about what EV3 can do, Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 will give you the knowledge you need.

What you'll learn

  • How to program the new EV3 brick

  • The different components new to the EV3 system

  • How to program the EV3 with LabView

  • How to build fantastic robotic creations

  • How to incorporate Technic creations into MINDSTORMS

Who this book is for

MINDSTORMS and robotics enthusiasts who want to learn about EV3, and people who are completely new to MINDSTORMS and want a thorough and fun introduction.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. About the Technical Reviewer
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. CHAPTER 1: What’s New with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
    1. Getting Started with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
    2. The New Sensors and Motors of EV3
    3. A Basic Introduction to LEGO Technic Pieces
    4. Where to Begin with your LEGO MINDSTORMS Kit
    5. Websites for LEGO Instructions
    6. Summary
  10. CHAPTER 2: Programming with the EV3 Language
    1. The Four Basic Screens of the EV3 Brick
    2. The EV3 Software
    3. Creating a LEGO MINDSTORMS Program with the EV3 Software
    4. Using the Programming Palette
    5. Action (Green Area) Programming Blocks
    6. Orange Menu (Flow Control)
    7. Summary
  11. CHAPTER 3: Creating a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Vehicle
    1. Instructions for Making a Souped-up Driver’s Base Vehicle
    2. Programming the Vehicle with the Yellow Programming Blocks
    3. Other Methods for Building Vehicles
    4. Summary
  12. CHAPTER 4: Creating Visuals, Making Sounds, and Using Data on the EV3 Brick
    1. Display Programming Block
    2. Sound Programming Block
    3. Brick Status Light Programming Block
    4. The Data Operations Programming Blocks
    5. Summary
  13. CHAPTER 5: Data Logging and Advanced Programming Blocks
    1. Open a New Experiment
    2. Advanced Programming Blocks
    3. Summary
  14. CHAPTER 6: Special Construction Projects and Macros
    1. Swivel
    2. Forklift
    3. Scissorlift
    4. Make Me a Macro
    5. Summary
  15. CHAPTER 7: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Arm
    1. Project 7-1: The Robot Claw
    2. Project 7-2: The Robot Elbow Base
    3. Programming the Robotic Elbow
    4. Programming the Robot Wrist
    5. Programming the Robotic Hand
    6. Summary
  16. CHAPTER 8: Thinking like a LEGO MINDSTORMS Creator and the Walking Robot
    1. Questions to Ask Before Building
    2. Example of the Walking Robot
    3. Summary and Final Words
  17. Index