LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT by Michael Gasperi
The book can be purchased from Amazon through the link to the left or directly from NTS Press.
With the new LabVIEW toolkit release, more sophisticated MINDSTORMS NXT users, including hobbyists, students, and educators, can program the NXT using the LabVIEW graphical programming environment. LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT by Michael Gasperi, the first official treatment of the subject, illustrates through many detailed examples how to write programs in LabVIEW that execute entirely on the NXT and that directly control the NXT using programs that run on a computer.
Using the robotic construction projects included with the retail LEGO Mindstorms NXT product the author shows how advanced tools from the LabVIEW Toolkit can be used to build more versatile and sophisticated projects. These include both typical robotics applications and several of a more laboratory or industrial nature to show computer control with the NXT as a data acquisition and control device. Advanced NXT topics like Data Files, Bluetooth, and I2C communications are also treated as well as how to connect the NXT to the internet with a web server.
The book is further set apart by its packaging. A CD is enclosed with each new book containing the LabVIEW evaluation, the LabVIEW Toolkit for LEGO MINSTORMS NXT, and all the programming examples from the book. Everything you need to enhance and extend your robotic design.
Table of Contents:
1. Hello, World
2. Let There be Light
3. A Moving Experience
4. Deciding to Decide
5. Taken It Easy File Functions
6. Drawing Conclusions
7. Uncharted Territory
8. Itís Not Easy Files
9. Time Flies
10. General Motors
11. Something Old, Something New
12. Something Blue
13. Deeper Debugging
14. Making a Connection
15. Up, Down, and All Around
16. Making Sense
17. Sound Out
18. Read, Write and Bluetooth
19. NXT Block Internals
20. Web Publishing
Appendix A NXT Block Reference
Appendix B Direct Command Reference
Appendix C Building Custom NXT-G Blocks
Appendix D Using Vernier Sensors with the NXT