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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449344216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449344214
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist and video producer. He's a contributor to MAKE magazine and Makezine.com. Matt is also the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a technology consultancy. Highlights from his work include the Descriptive Camera, a camera which outputs a text description of a scene instead of a photo. He also created The Enough Already, a DIY celebrity-silencing device. Matt's work has garnered attention from The New York Times, Wired, New York Magazine and has also been featured at The Nevada Museum of Art and at the Santorini Bienniele. He is currently a Master's candidate at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Shawn Wallace is an editor at O'Reilly and lives in Providence, RI. He is also a member of the Fluxama artist collective responsible for new iOS musical instruments such as Noisemusick and Doctor Om. He designed open hardware kits at Modern Device and taught the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. For years he was the managing director of the AS220 art space and is a cofounder of the SMT Computing Society.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Moody on 24 Mar. 2013
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I've built up a bit of a collection of books of this kind, because although all the basic information is duplicated, they all have intersting hints, tips and ideas. This one is illustrated with freehand sketches rather than photographs for some reason (production methods? cost?), but they do have the merit of being easy to see (photos sometimes come out a bit grey on grey).
One caveat: I'm a little uneasy about the writer's suggestion you can safely connect an LED between one of the output pins and ground without a dropper resistor: I have a strong suspicion he's thinking of the sort that include their own resistor, so they can safely be used across anything up to 5V - but he doesn't actually say so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Trevor Hughes on 11 Feb. 2013
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I bought this book because it claimed to show how to interface a webcam to the Raspberry Pi. First attempt failed, asked for help on the book's website and surprise surprise, got a response! In the meantime, suspecting problems with the operating system, did an update and upgrade and then the installation worked. Can get video and stills from webcam and interface it with Python. Great stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thewordisavid on 9 Feb. 2013
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This book is the perfect accompaniment for someone new to the Raspberry Pi (like me) and similar computer projects. You will need to be comfortable with computers in general, but if you're, say, happy installing software on your standard Windows machine, you'll be fine.

The book covers basic setup and peripherals, up to starting simple programming in Python, Scratch, and setting up a simple file server.

Overall, it's a great starting point for your journey with the Pi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dekos on 11 Dec. 2013
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I got this for my KIndle so that I could work on the Raspberry and follow instructions which are very clear and easy to read. LIke most books on the pie there is there are are start up instructions, programming in Python and Scratch; but the best parts are interfacing the pie with the Arduino, using inputs and outputs, attaching web cams, setting up a web server ect. If you have a black and white Kindle think about reading this book on your PC or get the hard copy as screen shots are not very clear on older Kindles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on 19 May 2013
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gave me all the confidence and knowledge needed to get started. Very good book. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to start with RaspberryPi
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WannaMake on 16 Feb. 2013
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The content of the book for this target audience is probably about right, I am someone who likes to tinker with things to learn and then go off on my own track and this book arms you with enough knowledge to do that.
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Before ordering a PI for my son to play with we ordered two books to help him get basic understanding of the Pi and what it can and can't do.
Have been a fan of Make books before and this is in line with their other publications. It does tend to go off into the technical side as expected.
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By jonj1 on 27 Dec. 2013
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My 11 year old son was so desperate for this. For oldies it's a bit like the old commodore vic 20. Great fun with coding and budding Bill Gateses will thoroughly enjoy it!
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