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Beginning Arduino [Paperback]

Michael McRoberts
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Book Description

6 Jan 2011

In Beginning Arduino, you will learn all about the popular Arduino microcontroller by working your way through an amazing set of 50 cool projects. You'll progress from a complete beginner regarding Arduino programming and electronics knowledge to intermediate skills and the confidence to create your own amazing Arduino projects. Absolutely no experience in programming or electronics required!

Rather than requiring you to wade through pages of theory before you start making things, this book has a handson approach. You will dive into making projects right from the start, learning how to use various electronic components and how to program the Arduino to control or communicate with those components.

Each project is designed to build upon the knowledge learned in earlier projects and to further your knowledge in programming as well as skills with electronics. By the end of the book you will be able create your own projects confidently and with creativity.

What you’ll learn

  • Controlling LEDs
  • Displaying text and graphics on LCD displays
  • Making a line-following robot
  • Using touch screens
  • Using digital pressure sensors
  • Reading and writing data to SD cards
  • Connecting your Arduino to the Internet

Who this book is for

Electronics enthusiasts who are new to the Arduino as well as artists and hobbyists who want to learn this very popular platform for physical computing and electronic art.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Light 'Em Up
  3. LED Effects
  4. Simple Sounders and Sensors
  5. Driving a DC Motor
  6. Binary Counters
  7. LED Displays
  8. Liquid Crystal Displays
  9. Servos
  10. Steppers and Robots
  11. Pressure Sensors
  12. Touch Screens
  13. Temperature Sensors
  14. Ultrasonic Rangefinders
  15. Reading and Writing to an SD Card
  16. Making an RFID Reader
  17. Communicating over Ethernet

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: APRESS (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430232404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430232407
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Mike McRoberts is an electronics and Arduino (microcontroller) hobbyist who has brought his passion for this hobby to readers with his first book "Beginning Arduino" which is jam packed with easy to follow practical demonstrations of electronics and microcontroller programming using the easy to use Arduino development platform. A regular contributor to the Arduino forum and IRC channels and also a member of London Hackspace. Also knows as TheArduinoGuy on Twitter.
He is available to present Arduino Workshops upon request.

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About the Author

Mike McRoberts discovered the Arduino in 2008 while looking for ways to connect a temperature sensor to a PC to make a cloud detector for his other hobby astrophotography. After a bit of research, the Arduino seemed like the obvious choice, and the cloud detector was successfully made, quickly and cheaply. Mike's fascination with the Arduino had begun. Since then he has gone on to make countless projects using the Arduino. He had also founded an Arduino starter kit and component online business called Earthshine Electronics. His next project is to use an Arduino-based circuit to send a high altitude balloon up to the edge of space to take stills and video for the heck of it, with the help of the guys from the U.K. High Altitude Society and CUSF. Mike's hobby of electronics began as a child when the 100-in-1 electronics kits from Radio Shack made up his Christmas present list. He started programming as a hobby when he obtained a Sinclair ZX81 computer as a teenager. Since then, he's never been without a computer. Recently, he's become a Mac convert. He is a member of London Hackspace and the Orpington Astronomical Society and can regularly be found contributing to the Arduino Forum. He also likes to lurk on IRC in the Arduino, high altitude and london-hack-space channels (as "earthshine"), and on Twitter @TheArduinoGuy. When he is not messing around with Arduinos or running Earthshine Electronics, he likes to indulge in astronomy, astrophotography, motorcycling, and sailing.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Arduino - Michael McRoberts 26 Jan 2011
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I have been interested in the Arduino electronics prototyping platform for a while and whilst there are some good introductory books, I struggled to find a book that would take me to the next level.

This book is both suitable for a beginner, starting off with several basic projects but also bridges the gap to more advanced projects but without making you feel that you are being left to fill in the gaps as I have found with some other books on this subject.

The learning curve is very well paced and I am looking forward to making my way through all the projects. I am confident that at the end I will be able to design and build my own prototypes which is not something I have felt with the other books available.

In short, highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jim
This book was bought after I had completed the usual starter projects on Arduino ( flashing a LED etc) And I was a bit concerned it would be too basic. This was not the case, things are taken from basics, but move on in a very quick and well organised way, right up to some quite complicated projects. It covers pretty much everything you might want to do, I particularly like the way the code is loaded and tried and only then explained ... sounds odd but works really well.
I have since bought several other books on the Arduino and found several things in this book that are not described else where.
This is definitely the book to buy on the Arduino if you only want to buy one,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting set of projects 28 Sep 2011
The book has a broad range of projects and provides good detail for each. Source code is available to download which is "expected" these days.

The book is useful to have on the shelf for ideas and 'proven' designs. By 'proven' - I haven't tested them but it really looks like the authors have (unlike some other electronics books).

I feel inspired to have a go at projects of interest. I like the way the authors also have a "variations" section at the end of each project where additional ideas for where to extend the project are outlined.

My only complaint is that the photos in chapter 1 are so bad I have no idea how the lead editor (Michelle Lowman) let them in. Its a pity.

I would buy the book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but with poor illustrations 1 Feb 2013
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If you are a complete novice to electronics and programming then this is an excellent introduction. It guides you quickly through not only C programming the Arduino board but also what the electronic components do - from a simple flashing LED to creating an internet weather station.

The author also runs a small online business [...] selling Arduino components and kits, and this book is a development of the booklet that comes with his Arduino Starter Kit. Sixteen basic projects in the starter kit are reproduced in the book but the book gives greater detail about the electronics. The Starter Kit Manual is only available as as PDF download but it is in colour, which makes the illustrations much more easy to follow. The pictures in the book are all in black and white which makes many of the wiring diagrams difficult to follow - for example you don't know what colour the LEDs are, a picture of a colour-coded 10K resistor is just shades of grey and the diagram of a UK traffic light sequence is unfathomable. Obviously colour printing is more expensive but all of the project layouts are reproduced at the end of the book and at the very least these should have been in colour.

Code for all of the 50 projects can be downloaded from the Apress website but a redeeming opportunity has been missed in not including the circuit diagrams in colour.

So while this is a good book for a novice it is let down by the quality of the illustrations. I don't know if the e-book version is in colour but it might be a better choice for some. At the very least you should also download the author's starter Kit Manual [...] to get a better idea of the LED circuits.
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