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Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers and Hobbyists [Kindle Edition]

Simon Monk
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bring your electronic inventions to life!


"This full-color book is impressive...there are some really fun projects!" -GeekDad, Wired.com

Who needs an electrical engineering degree? This intuitive guide shows how to wire, disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose everyday devices quickly and easily. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Hacking Electronics teaches by doing--each topic features fun, easy-to-follow projects. Discover how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, microphones, and FM transmitters. The final chapter contains useful information on getting the most out of cheap or free bench and software tools.

  • Safely solder, join wires, and connect switches
  • Identify components and read schematic diagrams
  • Understand the how and why of electronics theory
  • Work with transistors, LEDs, and laser diode modules
  • Power your devices with a/c supplies, batteries, or solar panels
  • Get up and running on Arduino boards and pre-made modules
  • Use sensors to detect everything from noxious gas to acceleration
  • Build and modify audio amps, microphones, and transmitters
  • Fix gadgets and scavenge useful parts from dead equipment


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    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. Dr. Monk has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is a full-time writer on hobby electronics and open source hardware. He is the author of numerous electronics books, including 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius and Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius, as well as co-author of Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition.


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 15528 KB
    • Print Length: 304 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (2 April 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BPO76XE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    For electronic kits to accompany my books, see: http://www.monkmakes.com

    You can also find an electronics starter kit for the Raspberry Pi here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monk-Makes-Ltd-Raspberry-Starter/dp/B00IT6AYJO

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 May 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The first half of this book is a stimulating description of a wide array of topics of importance in practical electronics. It's full of the useful sort of stuff you don't get in textbooks but which you need to know, eg how to choose and use transistors or how many different types of battery behave. The second half of the book covers the use of micro-controllers and is mostly based on the Arduino, however if you don't have one of these marvelous devices you'll probably want to fork out £25 to buy one.
    Throughout the whole book the choice of projects are extremely interesting, eg how to use ultrasonic rangefinders or how to switch a relay from the a web page with an Android phone. The coverage of how to carry out each project is comprehensive and includes program code as well as the electronics.
    All in all the book is an excellent motivational vehicle to help you learn practical electronics whether you just work through the book for fun or intend to carry on to bigger projects.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for hobby electronics and Arduino 13 May 2014
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    If your not convinced about purchasing this book, then head over to Adafruit and see some of the super tutorials created by Simon Monk for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

    Excellent, clear guide for hobbyist electronics and DIY makers. Recommended !
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not a book on Hacking, more a book on Arduino 12 Oct. 2013
    By Jim
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    As a book on Arduino I would give this 5 stars, however I bought a book on ' hacking everyday household items' which this is not !

    How is buying an arduino and a shield and then connecting them up ( however well written) 'hacking ' ?

    I already have several books on Arduino , so this book was of no use to me.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 29 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Not exactly what I expected, when early on in the book there is a statement informing the reader not to worry about capacitors as they are not important in the context of this book. One has to worry that it is not going to be great. Sadly that proved true.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars good but basic 11 Jan. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I can recommend this along with make: electronics by Charles Platt for the beginner.
    it is a basic look at electronics, very light on math directing the reader to online calculators instead of showing the relative equations. the overuse of arduino is the only downside for me. there are some very good ideas in the book which gave me ideas for hacks of my own.
    if you are looking for a book to learn electronics as a novice, I highly recommend it. if you have some knowledge and want to learn the math and the subject in depth, try practical electronics for inventors, much harder going but fantastically in-depth.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !!! 22 Aug. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Excellent book, takes you from the basics through to circuit board design, really interesting for the novice & an ideal book for leaning from, covers a lot of subjects.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and asset 13 July 2013
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    Well laid out and easy to follow with plenty of examples and references to other good resources. Just what I needed
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners bible 27 July 2014
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    Written with a wry sense of humour and aimed perfectly at the beginner.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    Has some interesting project and enjoyed building some which later came into use on some of my other projects or ideas for new builds.
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Arrived in the time stated and was all I expected
    Published 2 months ago by Robert Walters
    2.0 out of 5 stars Just an Arduino book
    A little disappointing as over 100 pages of 258 are Arduino based projects. Take away the basic stuff, ohms law etc. you are left with a few teenage kit projects. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by phil
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning
    Really really useful book, full of useful knowledge and wise advice.
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    Published 6 months ago by x
    5.0 out of 5 stars great book, loads of things to do
    great book,loads of things to do.
    Published 7 months ago by jen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Well packaged great price bought for my brother
    Published 8 months ago by Heather D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hacking Electronics
    The book arrived within the estimated dates in good condition.
    The recipient of this book is also very pleased with the content of the book.
    Published 13 months ago by bobdee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review for the book of Hacking Electronic
    thanks for the book,

    that book its really helping me to guide about the electronic.
    its make me never bored about electronic, now i am looking book how to make a... Read more
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