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Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Blum
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Learn to easily build gadgets, gizmos, robots, and more using Arduino

Written by Arduino expert Jeremy Blum, this unique book uses the popular Arduino microcontroller platform as an instrument to teach you about topics in electrical engineering, programming, and human-computer interaction. Whether you're a budding hobbyist or an engineer, you'll benefit from the perfectly paced lessons that walk you through useful, artistic, and educational exercises that gradually get more advanced. In addition to specific projects, the book shares best practices in programming and design that you can apply to your own projects. Code snippets and schematics will serve as a useful reference for future projects even after you've mastered all the topics in the book.

  • Includes a number of projects that utilize different capabilities of the Arduino, while interfacing with external hardware
  • Features chapters that build upon each other, tying in concepts from previous chapters to illustrate new ones
  • Includes aspects that are accompanied by video tutorials and other multimedia content 
  • Covers electrical engineering and programming concepts, interfacing with the world through analog and digital sensors, communicating with a computer and other devices, and internet connectivity
  • Explains how to combine smaller topics into more complex projects
  • Shares downloadable materials and source code for everything covered in the book
  • Projects compatible with many official Arduino boards including Arduino Uno; Arduino Leonardo; Arduino Mega 2560; Arduino Due; Arduino Nano; Arduino Mega ADK; LilyPad Arduino and may work with Arduino-compatible boards such as Freeduino and new third party certified boards such as the Intel Galileo

Exploring Arduino takes you on an adventure and provides you with exclusive access to materials not found anywhere else!

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From the Back Cover

Jeremy s easy–to–understand style and depth of content about the Arduino will not only allow digital beginners to get their footing but will also allow the old guard of hardware to dip a toe into the hobbyist–friendly end of the swimming pool and start connecting their devices.
Chris Gammell, Co–host of the Amp Hour Podcast


Exploring Arduino shows how to use the world s most popular microcontroller to create cool, practical, artistic, and educational projects. Through lessons in electrical engineering, programming, and human computer interaction, this book walks you through specific, increasingly complex projects, all the while providing best practices that can apply to your own projects once you ve mastered these. You ll acquire valuable skills and have a whole lot of fun.
 Explore the features of several commonly used Arduino boards
 Use the Arduino to control very simple tasks or complex electronics
 Learn principles of system design, programming, and electrical engineering
 Discover code snippets, best practices, and system schematics you can apply to your  original projects
 Master skills you can use for engineering endeavors in other fields and with  different platforms

Find schematics, tutorial videos, code download, and more at the companion website:

About the Author

Jeremy Blum is known for his series of educational YouTube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. He has built a range of microcontroller–based systems including solar trackers, prosthetic arms, truss–traversing robots, musical theremins, computer vision–based and glove–based gesture controllers, and more.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 30795 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1EA6XM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 23 Aug. 2013
By K.Klab
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Exploring Arduino is a very well written book. I love the fact that the author goes into technical details of not only how to write a code (which is kind of expected) but also of operation of Arduino itself and all sensors you use throughout the book (i.e. Xbee). All instructions are clear and easy to follow and author encourages experimenting with the code after completion of each chapter. This is an excellent way of learning because right from the beginning you write, modify and combine code all by yourself. The code doesn't work so you're forced to analyse and correct your mistakes and by doing it you learn even more.

The book definitely lives up to the expectations after watching Jeremy's excellent series of Arduino video tutorials on Youtube.

- level of technical detail of hardware (not to deep, not to shallow, just right)
- creative and practical projects
- clear instructions
- nice progression

- still looking

This is my first ever review on Amazon but since this is a brand new release and doesn't have any other reviews yet I thought I'll go into the effort to let others know how good it is. Easy 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold! 2 April 2014
By alston
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Look, I'm a physicist - not an electrical engineer - who dabbles in electronics. It's fun! And what better platform to use for programmable electronics than the Arduino (yes, the Raspberry Pi could also be used, but the learning curve there is certainly steeper as the Pi cannot control hardware as easily as the Arduino can). There are many good websites that describe projects for the Arduino:, to name a couple. But if you want to go beyond those examples and really understand what's going on so you can design your own non-trivial projects...well, this is where this book comes in!

Blum has done a superb job presenting aspects of the Arduino in a comprehensive, fairly complete and accessible manner. Lots of bits and bobs of the material covered in this book is available online, but nowhere will you find this level of detail and coherence. The descriptions are very very clear and the projects are cool, entertaining and teach you a heck of a lot!

I have used other books on the Arduino before and always found them lacking. Yes, they had a number of projects described, but if you wanted to know why something was the way it was, well, you were out of luck. Blum's book has no such issues. He covers both basic and advanced topics clearly, always explaining how things work.

Blum covers advanced topics like serial communication, interrupts, data logging, wireless communication, communication via the ethernet, plotting data in real-time on websites and others clearly. I have already used this book to set up a number of projects involving these topics and I now feel like I actually *understand* what's going on! You can get information on many of these topics from the web, but I doubt you will really feel like it makes sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and a very complete Arduino primer 29 Sept. 2013
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Jeremy Blum is an electrical engineer with a large following on YouTube for his series of videos on building gadgets using the Arduino board. He has now distilled his knowledge into a 300+ page book, covering the basics of programming the Arduino, using the tools and interfacing to a lot of common devices.

The book sections cover sensors, a variety displays and actuators, and ultimately embrace wireless, writing to a memory card and sending data to the internet. Going beyond the basic "connecting LEDs to an Arduino" tutorial (of which there are already many), Blum takes time to explain some of the principles of electronics, and other key topics, like the computer representation of signals. He explains interfaces that will allow your Arduino to connect to other devices, including the serial interface, SPI and I2C. The latter interfaces are widely used in sensors, and understanding them allows you to interconnect multiple Arduinos (and also incidentally the Raspberry Pi). There is a lot of transferable knowledge in this book.

If you're thinking of building some kind of robot or other self-contained gadget that needs sophisticated on-board processing, then this book is an excellent starting point, and will guide you how to program and connect the various components you need. It's easy to follow and clearly describes how to test various hookups, and download or create the software that you need to drive them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One seriously good book 26 Sept. 2013
By Dale A. Haines VINE VOICE
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I will point out at the off that this is an interim review as I am still ploughing through it chapter by chapter rather than my normal here, there and everywhere way of reading technical books.

I should point out that this is not a book for the complete beginner since it does assume a degree of competence in electronics.

But that's not to decry the book. Over all so far I have been more than impressed with it and, combining it along with various other Arduino books I have, I'm immersing myself deeper and deeper into the dark arts of the beast and, pleased to say, understanding more and more of it.

Like many books it is supported by a website and code downloads. In this case they are also complemented by a large number of Youtube video examples of the code and the practice in setting the sketches up.

There were a couple of mistakes on the website links and I'm pleased to say that within a day of my notifying Jeremy Blum of the problems they had been sorted out.

A very impressive publication indeed.
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