Chapter 1. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: People, Pieces, and Potential

Robots have the ability to grab people’s attention. Whenever a robot makes an appearance—whether expected or unexpected—people quickly crowd around it, observing and commenting on its design, listening to the whir of its mechanical movement, and eagerly anticipating its next move.

Watching robots may be incredibly fun, but creating robots is even more exciting. For some time, the considerable expense and complexity of robotics prevented many people from pursuing it as a hobby, but a tidal wave of technological advancements has largely swept away these barriers. And riding this wave of technology is a particularly outstanding robotics kit: the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set (Figure 1-1 ...

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