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15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius [Kindle Edition]

Simon Monk
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"Wonderful. I learned a lot reading the detailed but easy to understand instructions."--BoingBoing

This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to create a variety of mischievous gadgets, such as a remote-controlled laser, motorized multicolored LEDs that write in the air, and a surveillance robot. You'll also learn to use the highly popular Arduino microcontroller board with three of the projects.

15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Covers essential safety measures
  • Reveals the scientific principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources

Build these devious devices to amaze your friends and confound your enemies!

    • Coil gun
    • Trebuchet
    • Ping pong ball minigun
    • Mini laser turret
    • Balloon-popping laser gun
    • Touch-activated laser sight
    • Laser-grid intruder alarm
    • Persistence-of-vision display
    • Covert radio bug
    • Laser voice transmitter
    • Flash bomb
    • High-brightness LED strobe
    • Levitation machine
    • Snailbot
    • Surveillance robot

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 and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.


Make Great Stuff!

TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

About the Author

Dr. Simon Monk has a degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and a PhD in Software Engineering. He spent several years as an academic before he returned to industry, co-founding 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 is author of 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 15 Dangerously mad projects for the Evil Genius 15 Feb 2012
By Royster
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This book bravely approaches frontline technology In an educative way, you will not produce WMD weapons (I think) but you may get some idea of how a Rail gun would work on the Moon. A rail gun is how we may magnetically propel minerals or ore from the moon back to earth. Enough Said!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that Good 14 Jan 2013
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T he projects are not as good as the other Evil Genious project books I have read. It is still a good book but relies on a bit of trickery rather than more powerful instruments I would have hoped for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evil, Ingenious. 24 May 2011
By Bruce Miller - Published on
This book is a must have for any "mad scientist" in your life. The projects are giddy-up fun to read and you can actually build them without being an engineer.

There is a website for the book with videos, color photos, corrections, and lots of other goodies.

Even though there are only 15 projects, each has possibilities for your own creative spin-offs and "mods" (modifications). This is a tinkerer's or maker's garden of delight.

Their is a certain hilarious joy that only a ping-pong ball machine gun firing 10 rounds per second at over 40 feet per second can bring.

Everything here is completely buildable. And there is a happy flexibility in the type of parts you can use. For instance, say you don't want to power your roving robot with rechargeable screwdriver motors. Well a quick trip to your local "dollar" or thrift store and you can find a pair of similar motors in some other gadget. Great for recyclers. Each project gives you just the right amount of theory so you adapt it to parts you have on hand.

And the range of inventiveness here is tremendous. Some projects are powered by low-cost chips; yet another uses 25 pounds of sand as its power source.

I also purchased 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius by this author and was delighted by how much I learned; but even more about how much I could "mod" the projects. I was impressed by how the author is interested in his reader's projects. His intelligence and enthusiasm light up every page.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Evil Genius Publication 29 July 2011
By John Heath - Published on
As usual, Simon Monk's writing is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious. The book presents 15 easy-build projects, mostly involving electronic circuitry of some knd and one or two contain my favourite dev platform, the Arduino. The book is also linked to a web site (...) which gives further information and a chapter to download for free.

This book is a wonderful tool for involving families in building inexpensive, fun and educational gizmos together. What a welcome alternative to telly and video games!

I cant wait for Simon's next book on Arduino and Android projects, due for release later this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Electronic Projects Guide 28 May 2011
By Mariano Figueroa - Published on
This new edition to the Evil Genius series is tons of fun. Most of the projects involve some electronics and there is a difficulty scale that lets you decide how Evil you want to be before you get started. I really enjoyed the levitation project, making things float is always cool. Some projects use the ever so popular Arduino microprocessor board, giving you a taste at what the Arduino can do. All the projects really are step-by-step and each project has a theory section allowing you to understand what is really going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! 13 Jun 2013
By Philip Bock - Published on
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Despite the title, you don't need to be mad or evil to value this book. Great ideas that are easy to implement and they gave me wonderful ideas for things of my own to try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is, and perhaps for the intended audience 28 Mar 2012
By Mark Colan - Published on
Imaginative variety of novel projects
Some reuse of existing technology
Early introduction to Arduino microcontroller

Very little explanation into how things work: not a good learning guide
Arduino content needs to be updated

Okay, I'll admit that I am not the target audience for this book. I came to it because I have been doing a systematic examination of all books I can find on Arduino, and this book has three projects that use that microcontroller technology. The gleeful verbage of the "evil genius" is probably better suited to someone in their teens or younger rather than a peaceful subgenius like me.

For example, I am not particularly interested in guns, and the first six projects are about guns or accessories. Other projects include a laser-grid intruder alarm, persistence of vision display, radio bug, laser voice transmitter, flash bomb, LED strobe, levitation machine, light-seeking microbot, and surveillance robot. I would call them novelties, something to build once, perhaps, but not items of lasting value. The military flavor also interests me not so much.

The Arduino projects are among the more interesting projects from my perspective . The Persistance of Vision display is easiest to understand if you look at the picture at the author's Web site, www splat dangerouslymad splat com, then click on the link for this project. Spinning a single band of LEDs that are flashing on and off a pattern at a particular speed spells out a message because of their movement, and a trick of the eye. The levitation machine would make an interesting science fair project, combining physics with an unusual use of a microcontroller, and the surveillance robot makes an interesting introduction into microcontrolled robotics.

What bothers me is that the focus is on building the projects - where you tend to get most of the detail of what you need - and not on explaining much on how they work - where very little explanation is provided of the sort that would allow you to go on to design and build your own projects; a tutorial, it is not. For that, you would look at a book like Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) (for pure electronics) or Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware (Technology in Action) (for microcontrollers). But perhaps those are books intended for a somewhat more mature audience.

Speaking of Arduino, the projects that use Arduino in particular give information for obsolete versions of both the microcontroller boards (Arduino Uno R3 being current time of writing this review) and the development environment (Arduino IDE 1.0 being current now). Of course, Arduino was changing rapidly at the time it was written, the changes are not too big, and with some googling you can find out the right way to use the IDE with the current boards.

The photographs are of poor quality. Some of it is the cheap printing from the publisher, but the contrast could be adjusted to make them easier to make sense of.


If this book succeeds in sparking interest in electronics in someone, then it's four stars for that person. For me personally and my needs, it's three stars. I'd give it three and a half if I could.
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