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Chapter 10. Advanced Techniques

IN THIS CHAPTER

Wiring Up Bricktronics Equivalents

Mounting PCBs to Legos

Adding Molex Connectors to Lego Wires

All About Motors

Powering Your Robot

NXT to Arduino Communication

XBee Wireless Modules

Epilogue

In this chapter we’ll explore a number of advanced topics we couldn’t fit into the other parts of the book. We’ll show you how to create your own Bricktronics-compatible boards if you don’t want to buy them, we’ll describe all the intricacies of motors, we’ll go in-depth on the ways Arduinos and NXT bricks can communicate, and as if that weren’t enough, we’ll explore the technology of XBee wireless boards.

Wiring Up Bricktronics Equivalents

We’ve assumed you’re using the Bricktronics Shield and the Bricktronics Motor Controller throughout the book, but you don’t have to. Not only can you recreate them on breadboards, the Bricktronics Motor Controller and the Bricktronics Shield are open source hardware created by Wayne and Layne, LLC (co-authors Adam and Matthew). That means that we have released the files needed to create the hardware, and legally relaxed the rights so you can use the files. Depending upon the exact license used, the rights can vary. These are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Legally, this means you may copy, distribute, and display them (and any modifications or “derivative works” you make) if you give credit to Wayne and Layne and you must also license any modifications or derivative works under ...

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