Product Description With the legacy LabVIEW toolkit , more sophisticated MINDSTORMS NXT users, including hobbyists, students, and educators, can program the NXT using the LabVIEW graphical programming environment. LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT by Michael Gasperi, the first official treatment of the subject, illustrates through many detailed examples how to write programs in LabVIEW that execute entirely on the NXT and that directly control the NXT using programs that run on a computer.
LabVIEW for MINDSTORMS was written by an expert in LEGO MINDSTORMS with the cooperation of National Instruments to create the definitive guide to programming the NXT using LabVIEW. Using the robotic construction projects included with the retail LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT product the author shows how advanced tools from the LabVIEW Toolkit can be used to build more versatile and sophisticated projects. These include both typical robotics applications and several of a more laboratory or industrial nature to show computer control with the NXT as a data acquisition and control device. Advanced NXT topics like Data Files, Bluetooth, and I2C communications are also treated as well as how to connect the NXT to the internet with a web server.
The book is further set apart by its packaging. A CD is enclosed with each new book containing the LabVIEW evaluation, the LabVIEW Toolkit for LEGO MINSTORMS NXT, and all the programming examples from the book. Everything you need to enhance and extend your robotic design.
Reviews I was amazed at the amount of information covered in this book. I would recommend it for anyone trying to learn to use the NXT in LabVIEW.
Mike does a great job in showing the reader how to use the MINDSTORMS hardware to open the door to learning the full power of LabVIEW. For those wanting to learn how to use one of the most common programming languages for data acquisition and control, I can think of no better way.
--Dr. Chris Rogers, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
About the Author Michael Gasperi is an authority and a well known author of several LEGO MINDSTORMS books. His popular website, LEGO Mindstorms NXT/RCX Sensor Input Page, homebrew sensor chapters in the Extreme MINDSTORMS, and his Extreme NXT book have guided hundreds of people through the process of building hardware extensions and programming in alternative languages.
Table of Contents
1. Hello, World 2. Let there be Light (Preview Chapter) 3. A Moving Experience 4. Deciding to Decide 5. Taken It Easy File Functions 6. Drawing Conclusions 7. Uncharted Territory 8. It’s Not Easy Files 9. Time Flies 10. General Motors 11. Something Old, Something New 12. Something Blue 13. Deeper Debugging 14. Making a Connection 15. Up, Down, and All Around 16. Making Sense 17. Sound Out 18. Read, Write and Bluetooth 19. NXT Block Internals 20. Web Publishing Appendix A NXT Block Reference Appendix B Direct Command Reference Appendix C Building Custom NXT-G Blocks Appendix D Using Vernier Sensors with the NXT