Make: Lego and Arduino Projects
Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: November 2012
Pages: 328

Make amazing robots and gadgets with two of today’s hottest DIY technologies. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll learn how to build devices with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, the Arduino prototyping platform, and some add-on components to bridge the two. Mindstorms alone lets you create incredible gadgets. Bring in Arduino for some jaw-dropping functionality—and open a whole new world of possibilities.

Build a drink dispenser, music synthesizer, wireless lamp, and more

Each fun and fascinating project includes step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to guide you through the process. Learn how to set up an Arduino programming environment, download the sketches and libraries you need, and work with Arduino’s language for non-programmers. It’s a perfect book for students, teachers, hobbyists, makers, hackers, and kids of all ages.

  • Build a Drawbot that roams around and traces its path with a marker pen
  • Construct an analog Mindstorms clock with hands that display the correct time
  • Create a machine that mixes a glass of chocolate milk at the touch of a button
  • Make a Gripperbot rolling robotic arm that you control wirelessly with Arduinos mounted on your arms
  • Explore electronic music by building a guitar-shaped Lego synthesizer
  • Build a Lego lamp with on/off and dimmer switches that you control with a smartphone application
  • Jump feet first into the world of electronics, from learning Ohm’s Law to working with basic components

You'll need the Bricktronics shield created for this book by Open Source Hardware kit maker Wayne and Layne, or you can build a breadboarded equivalent (see Chapter 10) for about $25 in parts.

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A Really Disappointing Book

By Nilocor

from Ashland, OR

About Me Educator, Maker

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Cons

  • Limited Interface Info
  • Need Bricktronics Shield
  • Not comprehensive enough

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    Comments about oreilly Make: Lego and Arduino Projects:

    I was really looking forward to this book, but was really disappointed by it. You really need the Bricktronics Arduino shield to get any value from the book. Even after I bought the shield and assembled it, I found the models uninspiring. The authors published a list of things they would like to add to the software support, but to date nothing has happened. I guess I was hoping for a book that helped me understand how to make a LEGO NXT and Arduino work together, but the book provides little help here.

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    get ready for an AWFUL parts search!

    By Neeboy

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Designer, Maker

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      Comments about oreilly Make: Lego and Arduino Projects:

      This is an interesting book; I've played with an Arduino and the Mindstorms 2.0 kit.....BUT...

      My biggest complaint by far with this book is the Lego parts lists. Of course, you can't just simply buy a kit with all the parts included. What were these dolts thinking, do they have a direct line to LEGO so they can easily get ANY part they want? I'm in the midst of an increasingly annoying search trying to track down all the pieces required for these projects. I may have to end up ordering way more of what I need because these "parts websites" usually have a 5$ minimum, even when you only need one of a 15 cent part, and of course, no one website has all the parts needed for any one of the projects in this book. ARRRRGH!! Be ready to do this kind of scavenging if you buy this book, you won't be building any of the projects for at least a few weeks!

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