Joe Nagata's LEGO MINDSTORMS Idea Book Mario and Giulio Ferrari, with Ralph Hempel as technical editor, have written Building Robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS. Todd Graham is working on a remote-control and remote-viewing robot he calls a Telerobot.Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming: Unleash the Power of the Java Platform by Brian Bagnall Jin Sato's LEGO(r) MINDSTORMS(tm): THE MASTER'S TECHNIQUE is an excellent teaching book on the details of how to put lego pieces together in ways you may not have thought of before; ultimately those techniques are used to create MIBO, a dual-RCX, six motor dog. Cindy Salwen pointed out a description of the protocol for the serial interface between the computer and the Dacta Control lab.The tractor contains sensors and the steering and drive motors, while the trailer carries the RCX controller and an earthmover.
A group of people have figured out how to talk to the RCX from operating systems unsupported by The LEGO Group. This group of people gathers at the lego-robotics mailing list.You may subscribe to this list by sending a subscription request.Ben Erwin has the only site with K-12 RCX-related lesson plans (that he knows of).Henrik Hautop Lund is the head of LEGO Lab at the University of Aarhus.Doug Carlson has a four-wheel synchro robot which can move in any direction.
He uses two angle sensors (available from Pitsco/Dacta), and can make it move in a perfect square.
Wes Matchett built a different type of synchro drive.
Gavin Smyth has pictures of a walker that uses universal joints to make the leg rods "bend".
This may or may not be related to the protocol used by the RCX, but if you're reading this page, it's probably interesting information anyway.
She also contributes another URL: National Instruments (Lab VIEW) pages. Fred Martin, arguably the father of the RCX (well, given that LEGO redesigned the Programmable Brick from the ground up for production reasons, the *grand*father), has a page on LEGO MINDSTORMS. " He took apart his RCX and took some pictures of the inside of it.
There's a low level command in the RCX to send a message which contains a single 8 bit number as payload (plus the protocol "wrapper"). Jonathan Woodward was curious about which colors of LEGO reflect infrared the best.