Arduino Wearables

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You've probably seen LED-decorated t-shirts and hats, and maybe even other electronic gadgets embedded in clothing, but with Arduino Wearables you can learn to make your own wearable electronic creations.

This book is an introduction to wearable computing, prototyping, and smart materials using the Arduino platform. Every chapter takes you all the way from idea to finished project. Even if you have no experience with Arduino, this book will get you set up with all the materials, software, and hardware you need; you'll complete simple projects first, and then build on your growing expertise to make more complex projects. By the end of the book, you'll have learned:

  • Electronics basics
  • How to prototype successfully
  • Arduino programming
  • How to design and build your own wearable Arduino creations

Along the way you'll create fun and inspiring wearables, such as:

  • An LED bracelet: learn the basics of wearable electronics
  • A synthesizer tie: accept user input and create output in response
  • A solar-powered glow in the dark bag: create self-sufficient wearables
  • A shape memory flower: store state and manipulate your wearables
  • An EL wire dress: add designer touches to your wearables
  • A beatbox hoodie: use a voice-activated sequencer and skin resistance to create the coolest of urban wearables

Arduino Wearables is the complete guide to getting started with Arduino and wearable computing. The 10 inspiring projects to make, learn from, and build upon will equip you for creating your own projects; the only limit is your imagination.

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Publisher
Apress
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Published on
Sep 13, 2012
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781430243601
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Data Processing
Computers / General
Computers / Hardware / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Design, code, and build exciting wearable projects using Arduino toolsAbout This BookDevelop an interactive program using sensors and actuators suitable with wearablesUnderstand wearable programming with the help of hands-on projectsExplore different wearable design processes in the Arduino platform and customize them to fit your individual needsWho This Book Is For

This book is intended for readers who are familiar with the Arduino platform and want to learn more about creating wearable projects. No previous experience in wearables is expected, although a basic knowledge of Arduino programming will help.

What You Will LearnDevelop a basic understanding of wearable computingLearn about Arduino and its compatible prototyping platforms suitable for creating wearablesUnderstand the design process surrounding the creation of wearable objectsGain insight into the materials suitable for developing wearable projectsDesign and create projects including interactive bike gloves, GPRS locator watch, and more using various kinds of electronic componentsDiscover programming for interactivityLearn how to connect and interface wearables' with Bluetooth and WiFiGet your hands dirty with your own personalized designsIn Detail

The demand for smart wearable technologies is becoming more popular day by day. The Arduino platform was developed keeping wearables, such as watches that track your location or shoes that count the miles you've run, in mind. It is basically an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board and a development environment in which you create the software for the board. If you're interested in designing and creating your own wearables, this is an excellent platform for you.

This book provides you with the skills and understanding to create your own wearable projects. The book covers different prototyping boards which are compatible with the Arduino platform and are suitable for creating wearable projects. Each chapter of the book covers a project in which knowledge and skills are introduced gradually, making the book suitable for all kinds of readers.

You begin your journey with understanding electronic components, including LEDs and sensors, to get yourself up to scratch and comfortable with different components. You will then gain hands-on experience by creating your very first wearable project, a pair of interactive bike gloves that help you cycle at night. This is followed by a project making your own funky LED glasses and a cool GPS watch. You'll also delve into other projects including creating your own keyless doorlock, wearable NFC tags, a fitness-tracking device, and a WiFi-enabled spark board. The final project is a compilation of the previous concepts used where you make your own smart watch with fitness tracking, internet-based notifications, GPS, and of course time telling.

Style and approach

This is a project-based book that introduces each project to the reader step-by-step. Each project starts out by covering all the components individually, and then explains how to combine them into interactive objects. Each project contains an easy-to-follow guide to design and implement the electronics into wearable objects.

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.

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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