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LEGO Mindstorms NXT and Arduino are like peanut butter and jelly, and we’ll help you make a nice robot sandwich. The Bricktronics Shield is an Arduino add-on that lets you plug in NXT motors and sensors, and the Bricktronics library is a free library that helps make it easy to use in the Arduino software.

Because there’s a lot of information, we’ve partitioned it into information common to all of Bricktronics or the library (available on these pages here), and information specific to the different Bricktronics hardware kits, including the Bricktronics Shield and Bricktronics Megashield.

You can now purchase Bricktronics products at the new Wayne and Layne online store!

John Baichtal approached Wayne and Layne in the summer of 2011 about an exciting new project: combining the beginner-friendly physical computing Arduino platform with rapid mechanical prototyping using LEGO products, like bricks and Mindstorms NXT. Over the next 18 months, we reverse engineered protocols, had custom parts injection molded overseas, prototyped some circuits, and developed a bunch of projects. We took a handful of those projects with varying costs and complexities, to show the simplicity and the power, mashed them up with discussion of the Arduino ecosystem, the LEGO ecosystem, electronics, and frankly, a smattering of interesting things we discovered along the way, and published them in a book by O’Reilly titled “Make: Lego and Arduino Projects.” (Wayne and Layne store, Amazon)

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