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30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius [Kindle Edition]

Simon Monk
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Program and build fun devices with the Arduino microcontroller development system

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius shows you how to use Arduino—the open-source physical computing platform. You’ll master Arduino through a series of projects while learning the required simplified C programming--no prior programming experience necessary. Projects include: a servo-controlled laser, a USB-controlled fan, a light harp, a USB temperature logger, a sound “oscilloscope,” and many more.

Arduino’s built-in USB makes it perfect for interfacing a home computer to external electronics, and it can be used with Windows, Mac, and Linux. The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius

  • Includes hands-on projects with step-by-step instructions, illustrations, photographs, and diagrams

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of programming or electronics--every detail is fully explained from the ground up

  • Reveals the theory behind the projects

  • Explains how to install the software, interact with the Arduino board, and gain fundamental Arduino programming skills

  • Shows how to develop projects that connect the PC to electronic devices

30 hands-on projects

A Tour of Arduino; LED Projects; Sensor Projects; Light Projects; Sound Projects; Power Projects; Miscellaneous Projects; Design Your Own Projects; and much more

About the Author

Simon Monk, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. Simon was the co-author of the textbook Databases in Theory and Practice.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction into Arduino! 25 April 2011
I bought this book some time ago but hadn't really done anything with it. I'm an electronics engineer and I purchased the book so that I had something I could use to introduce a friend's son into electronics, he had shown an interest. I found the book well written with excellent choices for simple circuits using components that are easily available. Each circuit that I have constructed worked first time and the example code was clear and concise. Most of the circuits took less than 20 minutes to construct and test which was great as keeping an eleven year old's attention for longer than half an hour can be difficult!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cool, but not that helpful for a beginner. 15 Nov 2011
By mking
OK. So fitstly I should mention that I am a complete novice with the Arduino, and that this is the first book I have bought to aid my new found interest.

The biggest, and perhaps only, floor with this book, is the fact that when it comes to the examples of writing the code for these evil projects (and they are), no-where does it include a little explanation as to what the code is actually doing for you i.e next to the line of code - a lot of other books or online sources will put '//' and then mention what that line of code means. This is unfortunately a rather big frustration when it comes to understanding exactly what it is that i'm doing to my arduino board. There is, in fairness, a 4-page 'introductory' section on the C programming language that the arduino uses, which is kind of useful, but it really is the most basic coding. A vast majority of the rest of the coding in the more difficult profects is never explained. To ommit the said style of teaching for me is too much of an annoyance. Consequently i've had to put this book back on the shelf until I can get a better grasp of the programming language etc.

In conclusion, if you are a complete novice and are expecting to get through these projects with no prior programming knowledge (to quote the back of the book), then i'd personally suggest buying the Arduino Cookbook, or similar, along side this one.

If you know what you are doing with the arduino and you already understand the programming language, then this book might well be quite good for you. Hence the 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear info book on the world of Arduino 26 Mar 2013
By Royster
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As a major evil genius I find this an important book for my hidden archive, my minions also have been found perusing amongst the Machiavellian contents but I have put a short sharp end to that! It seems there is a number of these Evil genius books I have collected. Yes I spend many hours making up these projects looking forward to the time when I too shall rule you unwashed masses! These books are mine not yours!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy 12 Feb 2012
By Philios
I have bought a few of these Evil Genius books over the last few years and have never been disappointed with them.This is no exception.As usual with these books they lead you gently into the subject without you getting lost and bored before you even start.Recommended reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 Dec 2011
Absolutely worth the price..... Everyone can start here.... I could probably find some better project to start with but maybe you need an electronic music harpe :-).... Anyway a good place to start, you will soon se the picture... Lots of good examples ...
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