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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (2 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118766695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118766699
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn to:

  • Have fun with LEDs and create a sauce bottle emptying game
  • Enhance the Pi′s capabilities with LEGO and directly access LEGO sensors
  • Install and learn to program the RISC OS and use it to make a transistor tester
  • Give your Raspberry Pi computer vision

Ready to serve up some tasty Raspberry Pi projects? Here′s how to do it yourself!

So, you have your Raspberry Pi up and running and can′t wait to do something with it? Here′s what you′ve been looking for! This easy–to–follow guide walks you through every step of the design process, from preparing the workspace to working with test equipment. You′ll learn to create some fun and useful projects that will inspire even more ideas.

  • Understand the lay of the land — get acquainted with Raspberry Pi basics, prepare your workspace, and gather your tools
  • Master techniques — learn about soldering and desoldering, GPIO access, and signal–level conversion
  • Meet LEDs and switches — discover how to build games using the Light Fantastic Color Button Grid and a sauce bottle emptying race game
  • Explore analog conversion — create a simple analog–to–digital converter
  • More fun and games — work with cloud service providers, build LEGO projects controlled by the Pi, and make a Connect Four computer vision game

Open the book and find:

  • A list of tools you′ll need plus others you might want
  • Steps for creating games with color
  • Tips for choosing cloud service providers
  • Web server and database basics for the Raspberry Pi
  • What RISC OS has to offer
  • Cool LEGO projects to build
  • Ten suppliers of components and tools

About the Author

Mike Cook is a lifelong electronics buff, a former lecturer in physics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the author of more than 300 articles on computing and electronics. You′ll often find him monitoring technology forums under the moniker Grumpy Mike. Brock Craft is a lecturer in creative coding in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art. He is a specialist in physical computing, data visualization, and the Internet of Things. Jonathan Evans is a distinguished IT professional with more than 20 years of experience. He enjoys sharing his ideas at http://projects.privateeyepi.com, where he continues to explore the endless possibilities of this computing platform.


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The first four chapters of the book cover the selection of a suitable Raspberry Pi, its essential accessories, setting it up and the tools you will need to build the projects. This is ideal if you have never used one before nor constructed a computing hardware project. The first project is comparatively gentle involving a tilt switch in a bottle and some interesting screen graphics. From then on the projects get increasingly more involved.

This book covers an enormous range of topics including: tilt switches, simple LEDS, Neopixel RBG LEDs, a matrix of switches, analogue to digital conversion, reading temperatures with a TMP36 and a DS18B20, using a MCP3008 A-to-D SPI chip, logging data to the Cloud, dynamic web pages, using webcams and the Pi camera module, computer vision with motion detection, image recognition, colour detection, triggering sounds from visual sensing, interfacing with LEGO MINDSTORMS, IR transmitters, RISC OS coding including GPIO, BBC BASIC and building a transistor tester .

Several programming languages are used in the example programs: Python, C, BBC BASIC and assembler.

I’ve been using Arduinos for about four years and the Raspberry Pi since it first appeared three and a half years ago. I’ve got quite a library of Raspberry Pi texts and have designed and built several projects of my own. So far I’ve not used the SPI bus nor connected WS2812b LED devices to a Pi. I’ve only programmed the Pi using Python and accessed the GPIO pins with Ben Croston’s GPIO library. To check out this new book I thought I would follow a couple of the projects to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge.
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lots of projects but no more difficult than Rasberry Pi for Dummies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, saw it at the local library 20 Nov. 2016
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Good book, saw it at the local library, but very detailed, wanted my own copy. Arrived quickly in good condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Has some fun projects and everything is explained well 11 Aug. 2016
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Enjoying the book so far. Has some fun projects and everything is explained well.
5.0 out of 5 stars for a NOOB 17 Oct. 2016
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great way to get started
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 Dec. 2016
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Out dated - not for Pi 3
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I needed this badly.
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