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Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects [Kindle Edition]

John Boxall
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Learn the Basics, Build the Projects, Create Your Own

The Arduino is a cheap, flexible, open source microcontroller platform designed to make it easy for hobbyists to use electronics in homemade projects. With an almost unlimited range of input and output add-ons, sensors, indicators, displays, motors, and more, the Arduino offers you countless ways to create devices that interact with the world around you.

In Arduino Workshop, you'll learn how these add-ons work and how to integrate them into your own projects. You'll start off with an overview of the Arduino system but quickly move on to coverage of various electronic components and concepts. Hands-on projects throughout the book reinforce what you've learned and show you how to apply that knowledge. As your understanding grows, the projects increase in complexity and sophistication.

Among the book's 65 projects are useful devices like:

  • A digital thermometer that charts temperature changes on an LCD
  • A GPS logger that records data from your travels, which can be displayed on Google Maps
  • A handy tester that lets you check the voltage of any single-cell battery
  • A keypad-controlled lock that requires a secret code to open

You'll also learn to build Arduino toys and games like:

  • An electronic version of the classic six-sided die
  • A binary quiz game that challenges your number conversion skills
  • A motorized remote control tank with collision detection to keep it from crashing

Arduino Workshop will teach you the tricks and design principles of a master craftsman. Whatever your skill level, you'll have fun as you learn to harness the power of the Arduino for your own DIY projects.

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About the Author

Australian author John Boxall has been writing Arduino tutorials, projects, and kit and accessory reviews for several years at Arduino Workshop is his first book.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on every Arduino-ists bookshelf! 22 May 2013
I'll get my gripe out of the way first then I can go on to be positive. I really think Arduino Workshop is under selling itself. It's not just a workshop manual but a tutorial on electronics, programming and Arduino, and a very good one at that. With that out of the way I think you can guess I really rate this book. Being of the somewhat nerdy persuasion I have of course heard of Arduino but given that I tend to play more in the in software arena I only really knew it as a name and general concept rather than as a tool. This book tells you pretty much everything you could want to know about how to pick up and use Arduino. It's written largely as a set of exemplar projects backed up with the appropriate background information about the required components and programs. I very much doubt anyone will go through the book and build all the projects, but then again I don't really think that's what's expected. It's much more likely that most people will thoroughly read the first six chapters which have the basics of the Arduino, circuits and the Arduino programming language (which, for previous programmers out there, looks a lot like C/C++) and then treat the rest of the book as a bit of a pick and mix. There are chapters on touch screens, liquid crystal display, GPS, internet communication and many others so you can select the elements that your project requires, learn how to use them and put them together. And you even have the joy of knowing that when you reach the end of the book you can go onto the author's web site and pick up there where Arduino Workshop left off. Over all this is an excellent resource and one that should be on the shopping list of everyone interested in creating their own Arduino toys and tools.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but... 18 May 2014
By artuk
I agree this is a very useful book and I am using it to get up to date as not done any programming for many years, but as experienced in electronics it is slightly annoying that uP pin numbers aren't appended to the drawings, ie giving the reader a 'proper schematic' to work with so I decided to draw the full schematics myself, and build the circuits from those. But when comparing my schematics to the 'book code' discovered several programming errors in the code listings.
I checked these errors against the code downloaded from the No Starch Website and the downloaded code seems to be error free, (so far).
But it would be very frustrating to a 'newbie' to enter the code from the book due to these errors. I assume from no such comments so far that most people use the downloaded code, which would be my suggestion for complete beginners.

Overall though a very good book which is useful to complete beginners and people with some experience, and if you really want to learn it is good practice to find the coding errors and fix them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sparky
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At the moment I have two books on the arduino, this one the arduino workshop and getting started with the arduino.

All was well with getting started with the arduino, until I installed some unrelated software on the laptop (dropbox). At that point the drivers stopped working, and i did everything in my power to sort things out, but nothing worked.

So in desperation I turned to the Arduino workshop, where the explanation on installing Windows drivers was better, and they are now installed correctly and the software is working correctly.

All the Arduino books seem to assume the reader has no prior knowledge of electronics, which as an electrician and an electronics enthusiast, makes me glaze over those parts of the books. But where my knowledge is lacking, is in programming, and I think this book is going to keep my interest as it has much better programming examples to copy out, and many more interesting projects than other books. So other reviewers have said they wouldn't do all the projects, I probably will do more rather than less, so that I can get to grips with the programming in a way that I never have before.

I started off by buying the kindle version and used that for a few months. It was good, but I suspected that there was something lost in the transalation from book to kindle. So I bought the book. There is something about the layout of the book, and the presentation that has encouraged me to reread it, and I am getting much more out of it second time round.

So if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, but I can't so it'll have to stay at 5 stars.
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This book is great.
It arrived today and Im through chapter 7 without a pause, its that good.
I know my way around programming and electronics and have played with Arduino, Netduino and Raspberry Pi a little. This however has been the 1st book to actually get me doing something useful and motivating me to learn.
I'm not sure what it is, whether its the style, the information or it just brings everything together. Either way it works.
Looking forward I can see it will cover some of the more difficult, challenging but in the end most fun parts of the Arduino and its application.
I can see myself developing all sorts of gadgets around the house and for fun with this book. The 1st of many to do so in the many years I have been looking. I'll also be getting my 12 year old to do the same I think.

I usually buy on Kindle, but in this case, along with other technical tomes I think the paperback is actually better.
Buy it if you have even a passing interest and I guarantee you'll be hooked, just like I am.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I have payed for this order some time ago I have not reserved as 2014.
Published 1 month ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
An excellent introduction to the Arduino and electronics.
Published 5 months ago by waverley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book to learn from.
This is a good book. Tells you what you need to program the Arduino...
Published 6 months ago by G R FRASER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Has this arrived yet
Published 6 months ago by Robert Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class book - excellent
I have never written a review before but I have to say this book is by far the best introduction to the Arduino that I have read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J M Thain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by alanm0omi
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer.
Bought this a fortnight ago and am working my way through it for leisure. The instructions are very clear, with good progression from project to project. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Isted
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Newbie
I don’t have any prior experience in electronic field. My son was interested in building an Obstacle Avoidance Robotic Car. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sac1976
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
A very good book, easy to understand and to follow, great projects for the beginner, easy to understand arduino code.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the new user
This book is perfect for the new user to Arduino. It covers some basic electronics as well as most of the peripherals you will want to attach to the Arduino. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MarkyDM
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