Are you a budding evil scientist but lack the electronics skills to build your own sharks with laser beams? Well, you no longer need to outsource your plans for world domination to second rate henchmen. Now you can learn the skills needed to do this kind of thing yourself. HiTechnic have brought out the Experimenter’s Kit A, which consists of the solderless version of the Protoboard, a solderless breadboard, a whole bunch of electronic components, jumper wires and, of course, a handbook with quite a number of experiments. Sample programs in NXT-G, LabView, NXC and RobotC (written by yours truly) are available for each experiment. They’re easy to modify and expand on so the only limit is your imagination.
The kit allows you learn how to interface your NXT with more than just the pre-made sensors that are available on the market. It includes push buttons, a temperature sensor, a magnetic sensor (plus magnet) and much more. You can even build your own ambient cancelling light sensor! That’ll give you a good idea of how the EOPD sensor works. The handbook has plenty of drawings, photos and diagram, so you won’t be left in any doubt as to which components to place where.
When you’re done with the experiments in this kit, you’ll be well acquainted with interfacing non-Lego electronics with your brick and programming it to access their data. How to make your own NXT controlled Death Star will be covered in the second edition of the handbook.