Hacking Your LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2015-10-28
  • Publisher: Que Pub
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EV3 without limits!


Build 5 amazing robotics projects that take DIY to a whole new level!


You can do way more with your LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit than anyone ever told you! In this full-color, step-by-step tutorial, top-maker and best-selling author John Baichtal shows you how to transcend Mindstorms’ limits as you build five cutting-edge robotics projects.


You’ll discover just how much you can do with only the parts that came with your kit–and how much farther you can go with extremely low-cost add-ons like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. You’ll learn how to reprogram your Mindstorms Intelligent Brick to add additional hardware options and create more complex programs.


Hundreds of full-color, step-by-step photos teach you every step, every skill. Whenever you’re ready for advanced techniques, Baichtal explains them in plain English.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn how to do:


  • Build a drawing Plotter Bot that gyrates to draw new patterns
  • Hack Mindstorms’ wires–and control robots without wires
  • Create a remote-controlled crane, and operate it from your smartphone
  • Use the EV3 brick to control third-party electronic modules of all kinds
  • Replace the EV3 brick with smarter, more flexible Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or BeagleBone Black hardware
  • Build a robotic flower whose petals open and close based on time of day
  • Use third-party sensors to build robots that can sense practically anything
  • Load an alternate operating system onto your EV3 brick
  • 3D print, laser, and mill your own perfect LEGO parts
  • Create ball contraptions, and extend them with your own custom parts
  • Make a pole-climbing robot–and hook up an altimeter to track its height


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Author Biography

John Baichtal has written or edited more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Cult of Lego (2011, No Starch Press), Make: LEGO and Arduino Projects (2012, Maker Media) with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler, Robot Builder (2014, Que), and Basic Robot Building with LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (2012, Que), as well as Building Your Own Drones (2015, Que). His most recent book is Maker Pro (2014, Maker Media), a collection of essays and interviews describing life as a professional maker. John lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Project: Spinning Drawbot
3. Hacking LEGO I: Connections
4. Project: Remote-Controlled Gantry
5. Hacking LEGO II: Alternate Microcontrollers
6. Project: EV3 Flower
7. Hacking LEGO III: Create Your Own LEGO Parts
8. Project: Ball Contraption
9. Hacking LEGO IV: Add-on Electronics
10. Flagpole Climber
11. Glossary

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