The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1
Machines and Mechanisms
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: September 2015
Pages: 324

This first volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Machines and Mechanisms, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You'll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You'll learn to build sliding doors, grasping claws, rack-and-pinion mechanisms, and ball-shooting devices of every sort!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you'll explore the principles of simple machines, gear systems, power translation, and more.

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      At the Intel website I stumbled upon the topic of the "Internet of Things" and eventually the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino". The inexpensive kit is something that can be hooked up to a Linux/OSx/Windows PC via USB and programmed to work with optional sensors connected to it. That seemed like a fun thing to explore.

      Before buying the hardware I looked for some books. This review covers the three books that I bought because they cover this one theme.

      I recommend "Getting Started with Intel Edison" by Stephanie Moyerman. It gave me a good introduction to this topic. I purchased both the print version and the PDF because I like both media. After reading the book I have decided to use her list of parts and follow her exercises versus buying a separate kit of parts.

      I also recommend "Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, 2nd Edition" by Maik Schmidt. I purchased it because the Intel Edison plugs into an Arduino compatible board and I wanted some insight into the Arduino boards. He also has exercise that are not all the same as the "Getting Started.." book.

      Something drew my attention to Lego and motors. If I got really adventurous I could experiment with the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino" controlling some sort of Lego project and its motors.

      I do not recommend "The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1" by Yoshihito Isogawa. The description of the book sounded like it would be the next logical step. The previous two books have lots of good text and the appropriate number of pictures for illustrations, this book only has text on page 1 where it says "Where Are the Words?". The remaining 300+ pages are all pictures of Lego parts with no part numbers. This book may get donated to the library.

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