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  Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware
Create your own Arduino-based designs, gain in-depth knowledge of the architecture of Arduino, and learn the user-friendly Arduino language all in the context of practical projects that you can build yourself at home. Get hands-on experience using a variety of projects and recipes for everything from home automation to test equipment. Arduino has taken off as an incredibly popular building block among ubicomp (ubiquitous computing) enthusiasts, robotics hobbyists, and DIY home automation developers. Authors Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings provide detailed instructions for building a wide range of both practical and fun Arduino-related projects, covering areas such as hobbies, automotive, communications, home automation, and instrumentation. Take Arduino beyond "blink" to a wide variety of projects from simple to challenging Hands-on recipes for everything from home automation to interfacing with your car engine management system Explanations of techniques and references to handy resources for ubiquitous computing projects Supplementary material includes a circuit schematic reference, introductions to a range of electronic engineering principles and general hints & tips. These combine with the projects themselves to make Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware an invaluable reference for Arduino users of all levels. You'll learn a wide variety of techniques that can be applied to your own projects. What you'll learn Communication with serial devices including RFID readers, temperature sensors, and GPS modules Connecting Arduino to Ethernet and WiFi networks Adding synthesized speech to Arduino Linking Arduino to web services Decoding data streams from commercial wireless devices How to make DIY prototyping shields for only a couple of dollars
  Electrical Engineering 101
Everything you should have learned in school, but probably didn't! This book is great for electronics newbies, or if you just need a refresher course. Topics ranging from Ohm's law to proper usage of an oscilloscope to managing and interacting with employees are covered. The book approaches all of its topics in a very straight-forward, practical manner, and all the important information is summed up nicely in a "Rules-of-Thumb" section. The information presented in this book will provide a great start towards building or reinforcing your EE knowledge. We're carrying this book because the author (Darren Ashby) thinks and writes like we do. He has a large disclaimer in the front of the book, but points out that electronics can be taught to anyone with the right approach. We agree. The book includes a CD-ROM which contains a reference library, demo simulation software, and engineering calculators. A few of the topics covered: What is electricity really? Ohm's Law Capacitors and Inductors Op-Amps Microprocessor Basics Motors Power Supplies Tools (soldering irons, oscilloscopes, etc.) Troubleshooting Communication Skills Info: Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Newnes; 2 edition (December 8, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1856175065 ISBN-13: 978-1856175067
  Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets (book)
Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, or control devices with a computer? It's a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Get started with six fun projects and achieve impressive results quickly. You'll gain the know-how and experience you need to invent your own gadgets. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners. This book will teach you the basics of embedded systems and help you build your first gadget in just a few days. Each learn-as-you-build project that follows will add to your knowledge and skills. Features: Experiment with Arduino Build robots and electronic projects with easy-to-follow instructions Turn your ideas into working physical prototypes Use Android phones as remote controls in your projects
  Arduino Cookbook
Create your own toys, remote controllers, alarms, detectors, robots, and many other projects with the Arduino development board. This simple microcontroller lets artists and designers build a variety of amazing objects and prototypes that interact with the physical world. With this cookbook you can dive right in and experiment with more than a hundred tips and techniques, no matter what your skill level is. The recipes in this book provide solutions for most common problems and questions Arduino users have, including everything from programming fundamentals to working with sensors, motors, lights, and sound, or communicating over wired and wireless networks. You'll find the examples and advice you need to begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away. Features: Get to know the Arduino development environment Understand the core elements of the Arduino programming language Use common output devices for light, motion, and sound Interact with almost any device that has a remote control Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement Use simple ways to transfer digital information from sensors to the Arduino device Create complex projects that incorporate shields and external modules Use and modify existing Arduino libraries, and learn how to create your own
  Robot Builders Bonanza
Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builders Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands. This robot builders paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination!
  Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius
TEAM ARDUINO UP WITH ANDROID FOR SOME MISCHIEVOUS FUN! Filled with practical, do-it-yourself gadgets, Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius shows you how to create Arduino devices and control them with Android smartphones and tablets. Easy-to-find equipment and components are used for all the projects in the book. This wickedly inventive guide covers the Android Open Application Development Kit (ADK) and USB interface and explains how to use them with the basic Arduino platform. Methods of communication between Android and Arduino that don't require the ADK--including sound, Bluetooth, and WiFi/Ethernet are also discussed. An Arduino ADK programming tutorial helps you get started right away. Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius: Contains step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations Provides tips for customizing the projects Covers the underlying principles behind the projects Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed Provides all source code on the book's website Build these and other devious devices: Bluetooth robot Android Geiger counter Android-controlled light show TV remote Temperature logger Ultrasonic range finder Home automation controller Remote power and lighting control Smart thermostat RFID door lock Signaling flags Delay timer
  Practical Arduino Engineering
Arduino boards have impressed bothhackers and professional engineers. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional,it isn't just a breadboard and a hazy idea that keeps you going. It's essential to institute a proper design, device instrumentation and, indeed, test your project thoroughly before committing to a particular prototype. Practical Arduino Engineering begins by outlining the engineering process, from the basicrequirements andpreliminary design to prototyping and testing. Each and every chapter exemplifies this process anddemonstrates howyoucan profit from the implementationsolid engineering principlesregardless of whether you just play in your basement or you want to publicize and sell your devices. Arduino is a brilliant prototyping platform that allows users to test and iterate design ideas. Imitation by other Arduino makers, hackers and engineers oftenproves your design's popularity. Practical Arduino Engineeringwill teachyou to follow the engineering processcarefully; over time, you will be able to review and improve this process, and even extend its scope. Practical Arduino Engineering is notpurely theoretical. In addition, you'll learn the process of hardware engineering as applicable to Arduino projects, and the importance of the process in each and every projectpresented in this book. To set the stage, Practical Arduino Engineering begins by reviewing the Arduino software landscape,then shows howto set upan Arduino project for testing. Even if you already know your compiler toolchain and the basics of Arduino programming, this refresher course can helpfill inthe gaps andexplain whyyour compiler mayspit out certain error messages. Practical Arduino Engineering then gradually builds up the engineering process, from single devices like LCDs, potentiometers and GPS modules, to the integration of several modules into larger projects, such as a wireless temperature measurement system, and ultimatelyan entire robot. The engineering projects become progressively more challenging throughout the first 4 engineering chapters. Next, you'll proceed with simple steps towards the first intelligent part of a robot:the object detector. You'll find yourself teaching your robot how to avoid very hot objects or insurmountable obstacles. The basic design requirements for a complete robot and, indeed, the detailed design and prototyping for robots can be extremely tricky, which is why engineering discipline is invaluable. Practical Arduino Engineering thenenters the world of domestic engineering by introducing home alarm systemsnot quite as simple as they seem. A solid, robust system can only be built by following the engineering processdetailed inprevious chapters, and this section reinforces that process. You'll thentake a step further in your Arduino engineering process: instrumentat...
  Practical Raspberry Pi
Practical Raspberry Pi takes you quickly through the hardware and software basics of the Raspberry Pi. Author Brendan Horan then gets you started on a series of fun and practical projects, including a simple temperature sensor, a media center, a real-time clock, and even a security monitoring device, all of which require minimal programming experience. Along with these projects, you'll learn all about the Raspberry Pi hardware, including how it can be so powerful and still so small and inexpensive, why it's so suitable as a video player, and how you can customize it for different tasks, including running different operating systems on it, including Android and RISC OS. The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive but relatively powerful little computer. It was designed to get kids interested in computing and programming, but it's also a great platform for hardware hackery. The projects in this book will get you deep into the hardware to show you what the Raspberry Pi can really do. What you'll learn: * An overview of Raspberry Pi hardware * How to get your Pi up and running with Linux * How to use your Pi for sensing temperature and driving a simple character LCD * How to create a media player with your Raspberry Pi * How to use your Pi as a serial console server * How to set up your Pi to be a security monitoring device * Other operating systems for your Pi, including Gentoo, Android, and RISC OS Table of Contents Introduction Power and power sources Electronics overview Tools you'll need Chapter 1: Raspberry Pi Hardware Inputs and Outputs Overview of the ARM11 CPU Overview of the Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU Headers and pin out schematics Notes on unusable headers Chapter 2: Software Overview and Installing Linux Why hard-float vs. soft-float is important Installing Fedora Optimizing Fedora to run from the SD Chapter 3: Using GPIO: A Simple Temperature Sensor Overview and warnings about Pi's GPIO Connecting the sensor Writing the code to read the temperature Chapter 4: Driving a Simple Character LCD Using an LCD controller and GPIO Writing to and controlling the LCD Chapter 5: Security Monitoring Device Chapter 6: Cross-compiling Applications for the Pi Why cross-compiling is a good idea Setting up a cross-compile environment on your desktop GCC tips and tricks Chapter 7: Media Center with Raspberry Pi Installing XBMC Setting up HDMI audio and video Chapter 8: Building a Real-time Clock Add an independent RTC to your Raspberry Pi Chapter 9: Embedded, IP-enabled Serial Console Server Accessing the Pi's UART and building a line-level converter Linux serial port server set-up Chapter 10: Appliance Automation Mains voltage warnings Building the hardware Writing the code to turn the appliance on and off Chapter 11: Other Operating Systems for the Pi Android RISC OS Plan9 Gentoo
  Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Coding for kids is cool with Raspberry Pi and this elementary guide Even if your kids don't have an ounce of computer geek in them, they can learn to code with Raspberry Pi and this wonderful book. Written for 11- to 15-year-olds and assuming no prior computing knowledge, this book uses the wildly successful, low-cost, credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer to explain fundamental computing concepts. Young people will enjoy going through the book's nine fun projects while they learn basic programming and system administration skills, starting with the very basics of how to plug in the board and turn it on. Each project includes a lively and informative video to reinforce the lessons. It's perfect for young, eager self-learners - your kids can jump in, set up their Raspberry Pi, and go through the lessons on their own.
  Raspberry Pi IES
The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, programmable credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It?s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. The Raspberry Pi foundation wants to see it being used by children all over the world to learn programming. The Raspberry Pi comes in two models: Model A has RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet (network connection) Model B has 256Mb RAM, two USB ports and an Ethernet port Raspberry Pi in easy steps is written to guide anyone new to computer programming, including children and students, through setting up and programming their new Raspberry Pi.
  Raspberry Pi Project Evil Genius
A dozen fiendishly fun projects for the Raspberry Pi! This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to create all kinds of entertaining and practical projects with Raspberry Pi operating system and programming environment. In Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius, you?ll learn how to build a Bluetooth-controlled robot, a weather station, home automation and security controllers, a universal remote, and even a minimalist website. You?ll also find out how to establish communication between Android devices and the RasPi. Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout makes following the step-by-step instructions a breeze. Build these and other devious devices: * LED blinker * MP3 player * Camera controller * Bluetooth robot * Earthquake detector * Home automation controller * Weather station * Home security controller * RFID door latch * Remote power controller * Radon detector
  3D-Printers A Beginners Guide
3D printing is a new craft technique that seems like science fiction. Objects appear to be created out of nothing - as if by magic. This book shows you the practice of 3D printing at home. It gives the reader an overview of the basics of this technique and the materials and the knowledge you need for a successful start in the use of 3D printing. The hardware and software you need is described, and tips and tricks for the practical application of 3D printing are given. If you aspire to use 3D printing for your hobby or for spare parts, this book is a guide for your first steps into a new future: - What is 3D printing? - The differences between 3D printers. - The way to your first print. - Software for construction, preparation of printing and the printing process. - Printing practice. - What can I do with my printer? - Printing at service providers.