Arduino For Dummies

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The quick, easy way to leap into the fascinating world of physical computing

This is no ordinary circuit board. Arduino allows anyone, whether you're an artist, designer, programmer or hobbyist, to learn about and play with electronics. Through this book you learn how to build a variety of circuits that can sense or control things in the real world. Maybe you'll prototype your own product or create a piece of interactive artwork? This book equips you with everything you'll need to build your own Arduino project, but what you make is up to you! If you're ready to bring your ideas into the real world or are curious about the possibilities, this book is for you. 

? Learn by doing ? start building circuits and programming your Arduino with a few easy to follow examples - right away!

? Easy does it ? work through Arduino sketches line by line in plain English, to learn of how a they work and how to write your own

? Solder on! ? Only ever used a breadboard in the kitchen? Don't know your soldering iron from a curling iron? No problem, you'll be prototyping in no time

? Kitted out ? discover new and interesting hardware to make your Arduino into anything from a mobile phone to a geiger counter!

? Become an Arduino savant ? learn all about functions, arrays, libraries, shields and other tools of the trade to take your Arduino project to the next level.

? Get social ? teach your Arduino to communicate with software running on a computer to link the physical world with the virtual world

It's hardware, it's software, it's fun! Start building the next cool gizmo with Arduino and Arduino For Dummies.

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About the author

John Nussey is a specialist in physical computing who has worked for many years creating interactive art installations and prototyping products using Arduino. He is a proud advocate of Arduino and teaches the craft of interaction design, hacking, and prototyping to people of all ages, competencies, and abilities.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Apr 29, 2013
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Pages
456
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ISBN
9781118446430
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English
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Computers / Hardware / General
Computers / Hardware / Peripherals
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Arduino Projects to Save the World shows that it takes little more than a few tools, a few wires and sensors, an Arduino board, and a bit of gumption to build devices that lower energy bills, help you grow our own food, monitor pollution in the air and in the ground, even warn you about earth tremors.

Arduino Projects to Save the World introduces the types of sensors needed to collect environmental data—from temperature sensors to motion sensors. You'll see projects that deal with energy sources—from building your own power strip to running your Arduino board on solar panels so you can actually proceed to build systems that help, for example, to lower your energy bills. Once you have some data, it's time to put it to good use by publishing it online as you collect it; this book shows you how.

The core of this book deals with the Arduino projects themselves:

Account for heat loss using a heat loss temperature sensor array that sends probes into every corner of your house for maximum measurement. Monitor local seismic activity with your own seismic monitor. Keep your Arduino devices alive in the field with a solar powered device that uses a smart, power-saving design. Monitor your data and devices with a wireless radio device; place your sensors where you like without worrying about wires. Keep an eye on your power consumption with a sophisticated power monitor that records its data wherever you like.

Arduino Projects to Save the World teaches the aspiring green systems expert to build environmentally-sound, home-based Arduino devices. Saving the world, one Arduino at a time.

Please note: the print version of this title is black & white; the eBook is full color.

Transform your tiny Arduino device into a secret agent gadget to build a range of espionage projects with this practical guide for hackersAbout This BookDiscover the limitless possibilities of the tiny Arduino and build your own secret agent projectsFrom a fingerprint sensor to a GPS Tracker and even a robot– learn how to get more from your ArduinoBuild nine secret agent projects using the power and simplicity of the Arduino platformWho This Book Is For

This book is for Arduino programmers with intermediate experience of developing projects, and who want to extend their knowledge by building projects for secret agents. It would also be great for other programmers who are interested in learning about electronics and programming on the Arduino platform.

What You Will LearnGet to know the full range of Arduino features so you can be creative through practical projectsDiscover how to create a simple alarm system and a fingerprint sensorFind out how to transform your Arduino into a GPS trackerUse the Arduino to monitor top secret dataBuild a complete spy robot!Build a set of other spy projects such as Cloud Camera and Microphone SystemIn Detail

Q might have Bond's gadgets– but he doesn't have an Arduino (not yet at least). Find out how the tiny Arduino microcomputer can be used to build an impressive range of neat secret agent projects that can help you go undercover and get to grips with the cutting-edge of the world of espionage with this book, created for ardent Arduino fans and anyone new to the powerful device.

Each chapter shows you how to construct a different secret agent gadget, helping you to unlock the full potential of your Arduino and make sure you have a solution for every tricky spying situation.

You'll find out how to build everything from an alarm system to a fingerprint sensor, each project demonstrating a new feature of Arduino, so you can build your expertise as you complete each project. Learn how to open a lock with a text message, monitor top secret data remotely, and even create your own Arduino Spy Robot, Spy Microphone System, and Cloud Spy Camera This book isn't simply an instruction manual – it helps you put your knowledge into action so you can build every single project to completion.

Style and approach

This practical reference guide shows you how to build various projects with step-by-step explanations on each project, starting with the assembly of the hardware, followed by basics tests of all those hardware components and finally developing project on the hardware.

Get the most out of your Arduino to develop exciting and creative LED-based projectsAbout This BookLearn to control TV backlighting using an IR remoteGet introduced to sound visualization so you are able to use sound-controlled LEDsBuild an exciting persistence of vision wandWho This Book Is For

Anyone with a basic computer knowledge should be able to get the most out of this book. Although familiarity with some of the electronics would be helpful, it is not a must.

What You Will LearnSet up Arduino boards to run a basic 'Hello World' programDevelop a mood lamp and expand it to become an LED night lampControl TV backlight color and intensity using an IR remoteDevelop an IR-controlled 4*4 LED cubeUse sound visualization to develop a sound-controlled LED Christmas treeSee a fun way to create interesting long exposure photographs and light displays using persistence of vision (POV) wandsIn Detail

Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino has been used in thousands of different projects and applications by a wide range of programmers and artists, and their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.

Want to build exciting LED projects with Arduino? This book will be your companion to bring out the creative genius in you. To begin with, you will get introduced to the maker movement and the open source hardware development Arduino boards. You will then move on to develop a mood lamp and a remote-controlled TV backlight. As you progress through the book, you will develop an LED cube and will learn to use sound visualization to develop a sound-controlled LED Christmas tree. You will then move on to build a persistence of vision wand.

At the end of each chapter, you'll see some common problems, their solutions, and some workarounds.

Style and approach

This book takes a project based approach to building LED-based projects with Arduino.

Arduino programming for the absolute beginner, with project-based learning

Adventures in Arduino is the beginner's guide to Arduino programming, designed specifically for 11-to 15-year olds who want to learn about Arduino, but don't know where to begin. Starting with the most basic concepts, this book coaches you through nine great projects that gradually build your skills as you experiment with electronics. The easy-to-follow design and clear, plain-English instructions make this book the ideal guide for the absolute beginner, geared toward those with no computing experience. Each chapter includes a video illuminating the material, giving you plenty of support on your journey to electronics programming.

Arduino is a cheap, readily available hardware development platform based around an open source, programmable circuit board. Combining these chips with sensors and servos allows you to gain experience with prototyping as you build interactive electronic crafts to bring together data and even eTextiles. Adventures in Arduino gets you started on the path of scientists, programmers, and engineers, showing you the fun way to learn electronic programming and interaction design.

Discover how and where to begin Arduino programming Develop the skills and confidence to tackle other projects Make the most of Arduino with basic programming concepts Work with hardware and software to create interactive electronic devices

There's nothing like watching your design come to life and interact with the real world, and Arduino gives you the capability to do that time and again. The right knowledge combined with the right tools can create an unstoppable force of innovation, and your curiosity is the spark that ignites the flame. Adventures in Arduino gets you started on the right foot, but the path is totally up to you.

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