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Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects) [Paperback]

Massimo Banzi
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3 April 2009 Make: Projects

This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that's taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for Arduino projects and helps you get going on them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in the book.

Inside, you'll learn about:



  • Interaction design and physical computing
  • The Arduino hardware and software development environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram


And more. With inexpensive hardware and open-source software components that you can download free, getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED.

Join the tens of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Written by the co-founder of the Arduino project, with illustrations by Elisa Canducci, Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on the fun! This 128-page book is a greatly expanded follow-up to the author's original short PDF that's available on the Arduino website.


Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596155514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596155513
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Arduino 14 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is exactly as described 'getting started...' because it is ideal for anyone who has never used an Arduino before and has little or no experience with electronics.

There are some very good free e-books such as the Oomlout Arduino Experimenters Guide and the Earthshine Design Manual, which contain many more projects and will take you much further than this book can, but I'm glad I read it first as I hadn't used a micro-controller or C before and my last experience with electronics was at school. I studied the book while I was waiting for my starter kit to arrive, worked through the projects and I still refer to it over the e-books for things such as the table of colours for reading resistors and the code in one of the early projects for momentary buttons has come in handy a number of times.

As recommended in one of the other reviews I also purchased Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects but found this to be way over my head at the moment.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too simple, too short 3 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This starts at an extremely simple and accessible level. If you've never handled a bare LED before, then it's pitched at exactly the right place to begin. The basics of setting up the Arduino IDE and a "Hello World"-level pushbutton to LED program are given.

The trouble is that this is about as far as the book goes. It assumes you know nothing to start with (a good thing), but doesn't leave you much further along at the end of it. If it were twice the length, then it might achieve more.

There's nothing in here that's reference material. Once you're through this book once (an evening, maybe two) you're finished with it.

There's little inspiration in here. It's not a patch on, "Making Things Talk". It tries hard enough, but there just isn't space. The integration between Processing on a desktop to analyse an RSS feed and then communicate by serial over USB to the Arduino and some LEDs is a good idea, but the clarification between Sketch and Processing could have been made more obvious (just some different typography would have helped).

This is a good book if you're running one-day workshops for kids with no hardware knowledge at all. It does handle starting from scratch very well, it just doesn't go far enough to really spark interest.

If you already knew what an Arduino was before looking at this book though, then you don't need it. Start with the online refs, and keep looking for a really good tutorial to getting started with the Arduino.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fluff 13 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
At one point the author mentions an electronic engineer's description of the early chapters of the book as "fluff". I'm afraid I agree with the engineer. If you know absolutely nothing about electronics then it is just possible you might learn something from this book, but if you can connect a battery, a resistor and an LED together and get some light then you are way ahead of this book.

There must be better Arduino books out there. "Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects" by Tom Igoe looks a lot more promising.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really useful 3 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Really good introduction for people to get to grasps with the basic concepts of the Arduino platform. The examples are presented in nice bite sized chunks but can be used as scalable building blocks for larger projects.
Definitely acts as a good base and stepping stone for more in depth projects, including basic electronics theory too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's book 4 July 2010
By Ru'
Format:Paperback
This is a pretty basic starter book, but it's handy to have the info in book form for quick reference etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book 9 Feb 2011
By Jim
Format:Paperback
This book is great to put next to your arduino and just work through, from the basic ' installing the software' ( very useful) onwards. It explains things meticulously and throughly, well up to page 75.. when it just gives you 4 pages of code with no explanation !

However I would definitely recommended buying this book as a first ' arduino' book, as it does exactly what the title says.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and lightweight 28 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a short book: I read it in a couple of hours. It starts on a whimsical, almost philosophical, note which might be useful for some - but not me. I liked the hand-drawn pictures (much clearer than the murky and grainy photos you sometimes encounter). Despite the lightweight approach though it launches fairly quickly into quite large and indigestible blocks of code. Given the lightweight approach of the book it might have been helpful to have taken a more diagrammatic approach to describing the logic of the code and to have relegated most of the detail to an appendix. With no code reference I was sometimes left puzzling over what a particular bit of code was trying to do.

I would like to have seen a bigger range of ideas introduced: there was no for example mention of the "shields" that can be bought for the Arduino to extend its capabilities into everything from WiFi to temperature sensing. The book will also need updating at some point to touch on the Arduino Mega
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Arduino starter book 31 Dec 2010
By hmgp
Format:Paperback
It's a good book to get started in the principals of the Arduino eco-system.
Well written to get a broad of audience outside the engineer crowd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars very much a beginner book
Not just an introduction to Arduino, but an introduction to programming as well. If you are already an accomplished programmer then this is likely too basic a book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Bradbury
5.0 out of 5 stars All in a name
This is an excellent starting point to get working with Arduino, just as the title says!
It's not a huge book, this is disclosed in the description. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Trev Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars The best starter around
I believe this is the best book to get you started with Arduino.
I had no previous experience neither with electronics nor with Arduino and reading this books surely did give... Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by A. Konstantinidis
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow
I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this book. The content is all available on the web for free. The Arduino development environment comes with many example sketches (=programs)... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by SaturdayScience
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty useless.
I think you should just buy one of the better books, because this leaflet is useless. It really does not touch any subject enough to give you any useful insight into anything. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by blinkenlights
1.0 out of 5 stars Simple.
Too basic - aimed at too low a level - more detailed information on the internet. Illustrations are very basic.
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Cheshire Cheeze
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter, but don't expect it to take you far
I bought this book to help get me started with the arduino. Now in all truth, I wasn't expecting it to be more that a starter. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by P. Wald
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