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Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition by James J. Trobaugh

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Chapter 11. Master Programs

A winning robot is more than just a fancy robot chassis with some cool attachments. Your robot's programs are essential to having a robot that will perform well at a competition. Most teams will develop a collection of programs to complete their missions. One of the biggest uses of time during a LEGO robotics event is the switching between each of these programs as the robot completes a mission. Even though the LEGO NXT brick provides a nice interface for switching between programs, it can be time consuming to search through the list of programs and select the right one for the next mission.

To speed up the process, you can select the necessary program with a master program, or a sequencer. The concept is that each of ...

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