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Basic Robot Building With LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 by John Baichtal

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3. Anatomy of the NXT Brick

It’s difficult to exaggerate how important the NXT brick is to the Mindstorms set. Heck, LEGO even put “NXT” in the name of the product (see Figure 3.1)! The brick controls all the sensors and motors of your robot and can even communicate with other NXT bricks. Essentially, the NXT is a mini-computer very similar to a PC, only less powerful.

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Figure 3.1. The NXT intelligent brick is the most complex and fascinating element of the Mindstorms set.

In this chapter, we examine the brick itself, as well as how to interact with it via its built-in screen and control buttons. Want to learn how to actually program it? You have ...

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