Exploring Arduino Paperback – 12 Jul 2013
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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
ARDUINO CAN TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. THIS BOOK IS THE ROADMAP.
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: www.exploringarduino.com.
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.
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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.
Get this as your reference to the Arduino and as your everyday project book. Combine this with the cool resources at adafruit.com and instructables.com and you are set to spend many a Saturday afternoon making stuff!
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.
The prose style can occasionally be a little long winded ("it will be appreciated that..") but that's forgiveable in a book so jam packed with solid information and guidance. The perfect starting place for Arduino newbies.
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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