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The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor’s Guide

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

As of December 2010, the second edition of the Inventor’s Guide is available: The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Inventor’s Guide. The companion website for the book been updated for the new book and is now its own blog. For that reason, this will be the last post on this blog, but I plan to indefinitely keep this site here.

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide

Book Review of “Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots”

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

More book news! I just reviewed Daniele Benedettelli’s book Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots and posted the review on In summary, though, great job, Daniele! Below are two pictures I took of robot’s from the book: NXT AT-ST and Omni-Biped.



Second Edition of Maximum LEGO NXT Book

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I recently posted about an updated version of the leJOS NXJ language that was released, and I’ve also recently learned that a second edition of Brian Bagnall’s book Maximum LEGO NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains is being published this September. You can pre-order the book at, which currently has the following description posted:

Featuring updated instructions for the improved leJOS NXJ software, this accessible manual is the perfect guide to LEGO Mindstorms NXT, an incredible new kit for building and programming your own robots. Using Java, the most popular and easy-to-use programming language available, this manual helps engineers and amateurs alike design and build their own customized robots, programmed however they desire. Complete with a diverse set of projects, building tips, programming codes, complete 3D-rendered building instructions, and hundreds of illustrations, this useful handbook is the perfect complement to the LEGO NXT kit. The NXT intelligent brick’s Bluetooth capabilities are introduced as well as the newest available parts, including the gyro and the RFID sensor.

I’m looking forward to the second edition, Brian!

Second Edition of Maximum LEGO NXT

New NXT Book Repository

Monday, May 19th, 2008

There are numerous books that cover the NXT set, but many of them have different focuses: building, programming, custom sensors, etc. So if you’re looking for some NXT books that would interest you, how do you know which ones to get or even what is available?

To address this problem, I’ve put together an Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Book Repository that lists most of the published NXT books that I’m aware of. The repository—at—includes a brief description of each book along with other basic information and links to

Leave a comment here or email me if you have any suggestions for improvement on the repository or other comments. I’d love to hear what you think!

NXT Book Repository