Dave Baum’s Definitive Guide to LEGO MINDSTORMS by Dave Baum

By Dave Baum

The Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention method was once brought in 1998, and speedy turned Lego's best-selling equipment. From its surveys, Lego discovered that the median procuring age for the Mindstorms equipment is 23. The Mindstorms Programmable Brick, known as the RCX, includes a microcomputer that allows those that construct the robots to then application their move. Sensors and cars could be connected to the RCX and a typical Lego version can movement, feel and reply to its surroundings. The Mindstorms equipment does contain simple directions and pattern robots, yet those aren't entire. This ebook incorporates a number of new robots, factors for readers, and thought at the back of the perform of creating robots.

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As the batteries in the RCX get weaker (or old batteries are replaced with new ones), programs that use the light sensor are likely to need further adjustment. The light sensor responds to light coming from a fairly wide angle. Sometimes it is desirable to limit its detection to light coming from a specific Figure 2-7: direction. An example would be a robot Narrowing the Light Sensor's that wanted to look around and find a Field of Vision bright light. This can be done quite easily by using one or more 1x2 beams to narrow the sensor's field of vision.

As its name suggests, the preprocessor works on your program before handing it to the compiler proper. Commands for the preprocessor are called directives and always start with a pound sign ("#"). One of the most powerful directives is #define, which allows you to assign a name to an arbitrary sequence of tokens. Such a 40 I CHAPTER THREE _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ definition is called a macro. For example, the following line creates a macro called CRANE - ARM that is defined as OUT- A.

For example: #define ALL - MOTORS OUT- A + OUT- B + OUT- C On(ALL MOTORS); II turns on all motors! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ INTRODUCTION TO NOC I 41 Macros can also be defined with a list of arguments. The argument list appears within parentheses, and a comma (",") is used to separate the argument names. For example, the following macro turns one or more outputs on for a specified number of seconds: #define OnForSeeonds(outs, sees) OnFor(outs, (sees)*100) OnForSeeonds is a fairly simple macro-all it needs to do is multiply the number of seconds by 100 and then call On For.

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