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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
  Trilogy of Magnetics
4th edition - english The design guide for EMI Filter Design and SMPS & RF Design Circuit is completely revised, newly structured, and covers a multitude of new components and applications.? The design guide is divided into the following chapters: Basic Principles, Components, and Applications. A keyword index, as well as a formulary, complete the book.? The objective of the design guide, Trilogy of Magentics, is to practically familiarize customers and users with the characteristics and applications of inductive components. The design guide was published 8 years ago for the first time and is now a standard work for lots of development departments and universities. Over 15,000 copies of the book have been sold in the last 8 years.? In the 4th edition, the explanation of old techniques and components has been set aside to have more room for new components and applications. Notably, a multitude of external authors from our customer base and our well-known manufacturers passed on their experiences and solutions in the Basic Principles and Applications section.? The following articles are exemplary highlights:? Calculation, dimensioning and construction of customer-specific transformers (Do-it- yourself transformer design) ? A transformers effect on return loss ? Class-D amplifier ? An introduction to frequency compensation ? Basic principles of Ethernet & Power-over-Ethernet ? Furthermore, the Trilogy includes over 200 practical examples to the following topics:? Filter circuits ? Audio circuits ? Video circuits ? Interfaces ? HF circuits ? Motor control units ? SMPS ? Line filter ? Power supply ? The design guide has about 700 pages.
  Building Wireless Sensor Networks (book)
Create distributed sensor systems and intelligent interactive devices using the ZigBee wireless networking protocol and XBee radios. By the time you're halfway through this fast-paced, hands-on guide, you'll have built a series of useful projects, including a complete ZigBee wireless network that delivers remotely sensed data. This resource- and reference-packed book is perfect for inventors, hackers, crafters, students, hobbyists, and scientists. Info: Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 24, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0596807732 ISBN-13: 978-0596807733 Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  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!
  Getting Started with Netduino
Start building electronics projects with Netduino, the popular open source hardware platform thats captured the imagination of makers and hobbyists worldwide. This easy-to-follow book provides the step-by-step guidance you need to experiment with Netduino and the .NET Micro Framework. Through a set of simple projects, youll learn how to create electronic gadgetsincluding networked devices that communicate over TCP/IP. Along the way, hobbyists will pick up the basics of .NET programming, and programmers will discover how to work with electronics and microcontrollers. Follow the projects in sequence and learn techniques for building your own Netduino-based devices. Features: Get an overview of the Netduino microcontroller family Install the free Visual Studio Express, .NET Micro Framework, and Netduino SDK Write code that lets you turn Netduinos LED on and off Learn how to increase Netduinos capabilities with various expansion shields Measure digital and analog inputs with MakerShield Make a light appear dimmer or brighter with Pulse Width Modulation Use electrical pulses to play a song and control the position of a servo motor Create an app to control your Netduino over the Web Info: Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Make Pages: 102 ISBN: 978-1-4493-0245-0 ISBN 10: 1-4493-0245-9
  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
  Learn Electronics with Arduino
Have you ever wondered how electronic gadgets are created? Do you have an idea for a new proof-of-concept tech device or electronic toy but have no way of testing the feasibility of the device? Have you accumulated a junk box of electronic parts and are now wondering what to build? Learn Electronics with Arduino will answer these questions to discovering cool and innovative applications for newtech products using modification, reuse, and experimentation techniques. You'll learn electronics concepts while building cool and practical devices and gadgets based on the Arduino, an inexpensive and easy-to-program microcontroller board that is changing the way people think about home-brew tech innovation. Learn Electronics with Arduino uses the discovery method. Instead of starting with terminology and abstract concepts, You'll start by building prototypes with solderless breadboards, basic components, and scavenged electronic parts. Have some old blinky toys and gadgets lying around? Put them to work! You'll discover that there is no mystery behind how to design and build your own circuits, practical devices, cool gadgets, and electronic toys. As you're on the road to becoming an electronics guru, you'll buildpractical devices like a servo motor controller, and a robotic arm. You'll also learn how to makefun gadgets like a sound effects generator, a music box, and an electronic singing bird. What youll learn Electronics fundamentals using the discovery method How to make your own embedded diagnostics for your gadgets How to drive servos and DC motors with Arduino How to work with analog signals and sound How to put photocells to work How to create LED displays Who this book is for This book will appeal to inventors, engineers, educators, and technology students interested in exploring rapid product designconcepts by modifying circuits, using the Arduino, and reuse of discarded non-functional electronics. Table of Contents An Electronic Singing Bird A Mini Digital Roulette Game An Interactive Light Sequencer Device Physical Computing and DC Motor Control Motion Control with an Arduino: Servo and StepperMotor Controls The Music Box Fun with Haptics Creating Smart Power with an Arduino A Logic Checker Man It's Hot: Temperature Measurement and Control
  Make a mind-controlled Arduino Robot
Build a robot that responds to electrical activity in your brainits easy and fun. If youre familiar with Arduino and have basic mechanical building skills, this book will show you how to construct a robot that plays sounds, blinks lights, and reacts to signals from an affordable electroencephalography (EEG) headband. Concentrate and the robot will move. Focus more and it will go faster. Let your mind wander and the robot will slow down. Youll find complete instructions for building a simple robot chassis with servos, wheels, sensors, LEDs, and a speaker. You also get the code to program the Arduino microcontroller to receive wireless signals from the EEG. Your robot will astound anyone who wears the EEG headband. This book will help you: * Connect an inexpensive EEG device to Arduino * Build a robot platform on wheels * Calculate a percentage value from a potentiometer reading * Mix colors with an RGB LED * Play tones with a piezo speaker * Write a program that makes the robot avoid boundaries * Create simple movement routines
  Arduino Robot Bonanza
Create high-tech walking, talking, and thinking robots Breathe life into the robots of your dreams without advanced electronics or programming skills. Arduino Robot Bonanza shows you how to build autonomous robots using ordinary tools and common parts. Learn how to wire things up, program your robot's brain, and add your own unique flair. This easy-to-follow, fully illustrated guidestarts with the Teachbot and moves to more complex projects, including the musical TuneBot, the remote-controlled TeleBot, a slithering snakelike 'bot, and a robotic arm with 16 inches of reach! * Get started on the Arduino board and software * Build a microcontroller-based brain * Hook up high-tech sensors and controllers * Write and debug powerful Arduino apps * Navigate by walking, rolling, or slithering * Program your 'bot to react and explore on its own * Add remote control and wireless video * Generate sound effects and synthesized speech * Develop functional robot arms and grippers * Extend plans and add exciting features
  Arduino Adventures
Arduino Adventures: Escape from Gemini Station provides a fun introduction to the Arduino microcontroller by putting you (the reader) into the action of a science fiction adventure story. You'll find yourself following along as Cade and Elle explore Gemini Stationan orbiting museum dedicated to preserving and sharing technology throughout the centuries. Trouble ensues. The station is evacuated, including Cade and Elle's class that was visiting the station on a field trip. Cade and Elle dont make it aboard their shuttle and are trapped on the station along with a friendly artificial intelligence named Andrew who wants to help them get off the damaged station. Using some old hardware, a laptop, and some toolboxes full of electronics parts, you will follow along and build eight gizmos with Cade and Elle that will help them escape from Gemini Station. The hardware is Arduino. Each new challenge opens a new area of Arduino and basic electronics knowledge. Youll be taken incrementally from a simple task such as turning on a light through to a complex combination of microcontroller, electronic components, and software programming. By the end of the book youll be well on your way towards being able to create and implement any sort of electronically controlled device you can imagine, using the stunningly popular Arduino microcontroller. Provides eight challenges, each challenge increasing in complexity Builds around a fictional storyline that keeps the learning fun Leaves you on a solid foundation of electronic skills and knowledge What youll learn: * Install and configure Arduinos programming environment * Build understanding of LEDs, Resisters, and other basic components * Build and test electronic circuits involving breadboarding and basic wiring * Program behavior using the Arduino Programming Language * Interface and influence the physical world through motors and sensors Who this book is for: Escape from Gemini Station: An Arduino Hands-On Adventure is suitable for ages 8 and up. No experience is required, and complete instructions are provided on using the Arduino microcontroller. Teachers will find the book useful for the downloadable teacher handouts available from the authors' website. The book is perfect for anyone learning Arduino, or preparing to teach it to first-time users. Table of Contents Introduction Challenge #1: Potentiometer 1. Trouble at Gemini Station 2. Challenge 1: Fun Stuff to now 3. Challenge 1: Examining the Hardware 4. Challenge 1: Examining the Software Challenge 2: LED Flashlight 5. Damage Assessment 6. Challenge 2: Fun Stuff to Know 7. Challenge 2: Gathering Hardware 8. Challenge 2: Examining Software Challenge 3: Temperature 9. Feeling the Heat 10. Challenge 3: Fun Stuff to Know 11. Challenge 3: Examining the Hardware 12. Challenge 3: Examining the Software Challenge 4: Bucket Mover 13. Uninvited Guest 14. Challenge 4: Fun Stuff to Know 15. Challenge 4: Gathering Hardware 16. Challenge 4: Examining the Software Challenge 5: Motion Detector 17. Hide and Seek 18. Challenge 5: Fun Stuff to Know 19. Challenge 5: Examining the Hardware 20. Challenge 5: Examining the Software Challenge 6: Servo Motor 21. Carousel Ride 22. Challenge 6: Fun Stuff to Know 23. Challenge 6: Gathering Hardware 24. Challenge 6: Examining Software Challenge 7: Remote Control 25. Push the Button 26. Challenge 7: Fun Stuff to Know 27. Challenge 7: Gathering Hardware 28. Challenge 7: Examining Software Challenge 8: Robot 29. Off the Station 30. Challenge 8: Fun Stuff to Know 31. Challenge 8: Gathering Hardware 32. Challenge 8: Examining Software 33. Epilogue Appendix A: Parts List
  3D Printing for Dummies
Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively! 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. Youll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies guide. Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success 3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!