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30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius [Paperback]

Simon Monk
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July 28, 2010 007174133X 978-0071741330 1

30 Ways to Have Some Computer-Controlled Evil Fun!

"The steps are easy to follow...text is precise and understandable...uses very clear pictures and schematics to show what needs doing...Most importantly these projects are fun!"--Boing Boing

This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build a variety of projects with the Arduino microcontroller development system. Covering Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius gets you up to speed with the simplified C programming you need to know--no prior programming experience necessary.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book explains how to attach an Arduino board to your computer, program it, and connect electronics to it to create fiendishly fun projects. The only limit is your imagination!

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides full schematic and construction details for every project
  • Covers the scientific principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed along with sources

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Morse code translator
  • High-powered strobe light
  • Seasonal affective disorder light
  • LED dice
  • Keypad security code
  • Pulse rate monitor
  • USB temperature logger
  • Oscilloscope
  • Light harp
  • LCD thermostat
  • Computer-controlled fan
  • Hypnotizer
  • Servo-controlled laser
  • Lie detector
  • Magnetic door lock
  • Infrared remote

Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

In December 2011, Arduino 1.0 was released. This changed a few things that have caused the sketches for Projects 10, 27, and 28 in this book to break. To fix this, you will need to get the latest versions of the Keypad and IRRemote libraries.

  • The Keypad library has been updated for Arduino 1.0 by its original creators and can be downloaded from here:
  • Ken Shiriff's IRRemote library has been updated and can be downloaded from here:

Make Great Stuff!
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

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About the Author

Simon Monk, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. Simon was the co-author of the textbook Databases in Theory and Practice.

Product Details

  • Series: Evil Genius
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007174133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071741330
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon is a full-time author.

His books are on topics related to Open Hardware and Electronics.

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197 of 214 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beginners beware November 4, 2010
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I do not consider myself evil, nor do I consider myself a genius, maybe that is why I'm having so many issues with this book. This book contains great project ideas. That is why I bought it. However, as I am new to electronics and the arduino platform, some of the mistakes in the book can cause great frustration. In the few projects I have tried, the schematic diagram, breadboard layout, and photograph of complete breadboard do not match. The first example is Project 4. The program from project 3 says use digital pin 12. The schematic diagram Fig. 3-5 says digital pin 11, and the breadboard layout fig 3-6 and photograph of complete breadboard fig 3-8 shows it connected to digital pin 12. This one is easy to figure out, however, breadboard layout fig 3-6 also shows Luxeon LED connecting to the wrong pin on the T1-BD139. It is hard to see, but it is showing it connected to the same pin as the 270 Ohm resistor. You need to look at the photograph of the complete breadboard fig 3-8 to see the correct way to wire the circuit. This is also incorrect on Fig 4-6 Breadboard layout for project 6.

Second example: the Components and equipment for project 7: Shows "R4-5 4 Ohm 2W resistor" This doesn't match the Schematic Fig 4-9, where you need two 4 Ohm 1 Watt (not 2 Watt) resistors.

I then jumped ahead to Project 28, which I'm still trying to figure out how to configure correctly. The Schematic diagram Fig. 9-8 has the IC1 component connected to Digital pin 9. The Breadboard layout has it connected to digital pin 3. The photograph fig 9-7 has it connected to digital pin 9. The text says it is connected to digital pin 9, so I assume three to one this is correct. The 100 Ohm resistor in the picture fig 9-7 is connected to ground.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good way into electronics August 16, 2010
I had never even heard of Arduino boards but was lead here by the "Evil Genius" bit of the title whilst looking to improve my electronics knowledge. I have now bought the Arduino kit (clone because it is cheaper) and have had a go at a couple of the simpler projects which worked well. I was initially worried about the programming side given that it is C, but the Ardunio environment and clear explanation (and code listing) for each project made it a breeze. When I get time I will try more ambitious projects (particularly looking forward to the servo controlled lazer). Highly recommended.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Starter Book for Arduino November 13, 2010
This is the clearest introduction to the Arduino microcontroller development system I have read. I'm a tinkerer and every page in this book made me want to buy it and write notes and ideas in it.

I jot brainstorms and questions in the margins - create links to other pages - correct a few minor errors and ambiguities ("darn it, is it pin 11 or pin 12?"). I write in updates and corrections from the ArduinoEvilGenius-com website. My copy is a dog's breakfast of pencil smudges, beverage stains and sticky notes.

30 Arduino Projects catches the spirit of the mildly mischievous Evil Genius Series. It is light-hearted, conversational, and fun-loving. Beautifully and clearly written; with tremendous respect for readers and what they really need to know.

Before finding this book, I was frustrated by Arduino books which were too fluffy, pompous, or just too complicated. This book hits the sweet spot for me.

North American readers may be confused by what seems to be a RadioShack parts list in the back of the book. Even the part numbers look like RadioShack numbers. But in fact, "RS" stands for the UK RadioSpares company. It is still worth checking the RadioSpares-com website for useful information. Luckily, the author gives a general list of other suppliers and sources.

Some of the photos are too murky to give more than a general idea of the actual layout of the schematic. Fortunately there is usually a line-drawing as well.

All of the programming is available as a quick, one-time, free download from the author's web site. I've never used "C" before and my high-school BASIC is rusty. But this friendly author explains and clarifies as you go along.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Arduino intro by far October 1, 2010
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Simon Monk provides Arduino newbies a guide that goes way beyond "Getting Started With Arduino", yet deals with the subject in an easy to read, accessible format. His projects are also far more practical eg he deals with flashing a simple led (like every other Arduino text) but then scales this up to high power Luxeon leds in various different applications but based on similar circuitry. This lead me to adapting one of his circuits to a real-world interest of mine, involving led lamps.

I look forward to a sequel where he might take us into the (so far) murky world of timers and interrupts, an area not covered very well (yet) in the Arduino world.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved New Edition February 3, 2011
By bk
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The first publication of this book disappointed me for a number of reasons. However, the updated issue, available now, has fixed certain errors and gone a long way to improve the book. It makes a good primer for neophyte hobby users of the Arduino. Whether I think there's evil genius afoot might encounter my debate. I was hoping for 30 very clever uses for the tiny microcontroller which is highly capable. While I envisioned projects like self-balancing two wheeled robots or ultrasonic or infrared personal radar, the book contains a progression of introductory experiments from lighting a single LED to operating an LED matrix and a few stops between. But if you are new to the electronics field and are wanting to engage in some educational fun, this book makes a good avenue on which you can get started. That being the case, I would name the book "30 Projects for the Aspiring Evil Genius." Googling the words arduino and tutorial will produce even more ideas --once this book has gotten you started, of course.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine book that fills my current needs well
This is a fine book that fills my current needs well. I had checked it out from a local library many times. The service and item was very good. Thank you. Jeff Lough
Published 1 day ago by Jeffrey D Lough
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As good as I had hoped for and maybe even better. This is my style of book. Thank you again.
Published 5 months ago by Dennis M. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I have skimmed through the book a few times and have added it to my list of books to read.
Published 6 months ago by Mark1968
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius - A Good book for Arduino...
This book has a lot of good ideas for the person who wants to create "cool gadgets" using the Arduino development boards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun projects!
This book was full of fun and awesome projects, I even used the lie detector to create my senior project for school! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wobbley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift, for folks who know what it's about.
This was a gift for a friend of mine, who had recently started tinkering around with an Arduino micro controller. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kallah
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
An excellent book. Not only is it a practical How-To on some very interesting micro-controller projects it also teaches you the rudiments of C programming. I highly recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Viktor Donskoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Just the basics here.
You can find most of this on youtube. Lots on blinking leds but if you open your mind you could replace the outputs with something other than leds in some cases. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazonian
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
Maybe they forget to add the FOR DUMMIES phrase...

I would NOT recomend this book unless you do not know anything about electronics...
Published 12 months ago by Ing_Kaos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
If this is your thing than this book is for you. My son has done many of the projects and is proud to show them off in his high school engineering class. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mosaicdog
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