Please note that the book does not come with any electronic parts or hardware. You’ll probably want an Arduino starter pack or similar so that you have the Arduino, USB cable, power adapter, wires, and a protoshield.
Create your own Arduino-based designs, gain an in-depth knowledge of the architecture of Arduino, and learn the easy-to-use Arduino language all in the context of practical projects that you can build yourself at home. Get hands-on experience using a variety of projects and recipes for everything from home automation to test equipment.
Arduino has taken off as an incredibly popular building block among ubicomp (ubiquitous computing) enthusiasts, robotics hobbyists, and DIY home automation developers. Practical Arduino provides detailed instructions for building a wide range of both practical and fun Arduino-related projects covering areas such as hobbies, automotive, communications, home automation, and instrumentation.
Take Arduino beyond “blink” to a wide variety of projects from simple to challenging
Hands-on recipes for everything from home automation to interfacing with your car engine management system
Explanations of techniques and references to handy resources for ubiquitous computing projects
Supplementary material includes a circuit schematic reference, introductions to a range of electronic engineering principles and general hits and tips. These combine with the projects themselves to make Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware an invaluable reference for Arduino users of all levels. You’ll learn a wide variety of techniques that can be applied to your own projects.
What you’ll learn
Reading analog and digital input and writing analog and digital output
Communication with serial devices including RFID readers, temperature sensors, and GPS modules
Connecting Arduino to Ethernet and WiFi networks
Interfacing with resistive touch screens
Adding synthesized speech to Arduino projects
Linking physical devices to software environments
Linking Arduino to web services
Decoding data streams from commercial wireless devices
Reading input from PS/2 keyboards and mice
Interfacing with common 16×2 and 20×4 LCD modules
The Arduino memory architecture
Mass storage using USB memory sticks
How to use both regular interrupts and pin-change (port-level) interrupts
How to make DIY prototyping shields for only a couple of dollars
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