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Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius: Control Arduino With Your Smartphone or Tablet [Paperback]

Simon Monk
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November 15, 2011 007177596X 978-0071775960 1
Discover how to create cool Arduino devices that "talk" to Android smartphones and tablets! Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius brings two popular open-source technologies together with a series of hands-on projects that marry the worlds of touch-screen devices and physical computing. The book covers the Android Open Application Development Kit and USB interface, showing you how to use it with the basic Arduino platform. Other projects demonstrate methods of communication between Android and Arduino--including sound, Bluetooth, and WiFi/Ethernet--that don't require the ADK at all. From fun, inventive projects such as building a Geiger counter or Bluetooth-controlled Arduino robot, to practical home automation projects, the book contains something for everyone. Included is a beginner's guide to programming the Arduino that will help those who are new to the platform start with a firm foundation. Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius Demonstrates how to use the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) with the basic Arduino platform Features self-contained projects that include an clear explanation of the theory as well as practical, step-by-step instructions thoroughly illustrated with drawings and photographs Shows how to use Ethernet, Bluetooth, and short-range RF links to talk to Arduino Reveals the author's own never-before-seen sound-based link for making the two devices communicate with audio tones Provides the fundamental knowledge you need to create your own projects Contains techniques that work with ANY Android device Explains how to create practical, useful home automation devices and communicate with them by radio or Internet Everything for the Evil Genius! Bluetooth-Controlled Robot; Geiger Counter Using ADK; Light Show Using ADK; TV Remote Using ADK; Temperature Logger Using ADK; Home Automation Controller; Controlling Mains Devices; Smart Home Thermostat; RFID Door Lock; Power Consumption Meter; Delay Timer; Programming Primer Each fun, inexpensive, and slightly wicked 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Evil Genius
  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007177596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071775960
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simon is a full-time author.

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

You can find out more about him here: http://www.simonmonk.org

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting projects, but a lot of problems February 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
PROS
Interesting projects
Four ways to interface Android to Arduino
Good step-by-step instructions for building hardware

CONS
No explanation for Android app code
Three of four interface styles require a wire connection between Arduino and Android
Inadequate explanation of workings of the overall project

HIGHLIGHTS

The projects in this book are more interesting than the predecessor, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius. Part 1 of the book has an assortment of interesting Android+Arduino projects on a variety of subjects. Part 2 is dedicated to home automation. I have the sense that the book was originally going to be dedicated to home automation, because one of the chapters in the home automation section refers to Chapter 7 as Chapter 1. For a full list of projects with a brief description, visit the book's site at [...] (change "spot" to "." and don't forget the www or it won't work).

The most valuable thing about this book is four useful interfaces that allow an Android device to control an Arduino. They are: bluetooth, wired USB, wired sound port (you don't actually hear it), and wired ethernet. Realistically, Android as a controller is best in wireless form, and only the bluetooth interface does that. A TV Remote design that requires plugging the Arduino into the Android via a USB cable is just clunky. The author could have presented Wifi and Zigbee, both of which are wireless and should work with most Android tablets and Arduinos with additional hardware; Zigbee requires an IOIO plug-in for the Android.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book about arduino ... January 26, 2012
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Ok - First thing is that this book for the price is well worth it. It is well put together, and has some great projects that will get you started interfacing arduino with android.

Please note that this book focuses almost entirely on the Arduino side of things. It shows wiring it up, sketches, electronics,etc, in great detail.

For the android ... it does not teach you any programming. It just shows to download .apk to interface with projects.

So for me, (A complete Android beginner) (Lots experience with Arduino) - this book was a mixed bag. They are great projects, but focus on showing the arduino, not the android side of things.

For instance -- the temp reading gauge. Building a temp reading for arduino is trivial... which is what is documented in the book. The slick output to read on the phone is downloadable .apk, with no discussion of gui building,etc.

This is a great arduino book, but don't expect it to teach many specifics about android.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arduino and Android are Great Friends December 11, 2011
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Arduino has quickly become the de-facto platform for creating and managing various open-source hobbyist electronic projects. Its relative ease of use, versatility, and the unbeatable price have all made Arduino into the controller of choice for many home-brew electronic enthusiasts worldwide.

Android, on the other hand, has become the most widespread mobile operating system in the World. Its open source nature and a relative accessibility for hackers make it a natural choice for mobile and portable small-scale electronics projects.

"Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius" is a very accessible hands-on instruction manual for some fun and reasonably accessible electronics projects that marry these two platforms. It provides you with many examples of hands-on projects that can leverage the full power of both Arduino and Android, as well as create projects that are more portable to execute and operate than the ones that require a connection to a computer.

This book has a distinct workbook flavor to it. Its large format and large black and white diagrams and photographs make it an ideal workshop companion. All projects are clearly presented in a step-by-step fashion. Some of the projects that are covered include "Android Light Show," "TV Remote," "Ultrasonic Range Finder," "Smart Thermostat," "RFID Signaling Flags," and several others. In terms of equipment, aside from the Arduino board and an Android device you will need several other standard and not-too-standard electronics components. Most of these can be easily obtained either online or from your local electronics shop.

Even though Arduino and Android are very hackable, I would not recommend this book to absolute beginners. You don't necessarily have to be a genius (evil or otherwise) in order to master these projects, but an above average familiarity with electronics and device programing would be highly recommended.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing, nothing on Android January 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Other books in this series, and others by Simon Monk, have been well received and received good to excellent reviews. I had high expectations when I bought this book.

Its a serious disapointment. There is very little about Android in this book. It covers the Adruino side fairly well, but each project is a combination of part Android and part Arduino, and the Android side is essentially missing.

The book stated repeatidly that covering Android is too complex and would take its own book. OK, but why then does this book's title claim to do exactly this? The body does not deliver. A typical project will show 30 lines of Java/Dalvik and say "download the rest" with little to no explaination as to what the code does.

The author makes some strange engineering decisions, such as using an encoded audio format to transfer data between the Android and Arduino, but does not explain why this choice was made. The very first project uses Bluetooth to transmit data, and both the Andriod phone/table and Adruino boards have USB. One might expect a simple USB data connection rather than the strange audio encoding.

The book appears to have been quickly written and sloppily edited. For example, the section about "temperature logger" talks about the IC for the ultrasonic range finder, which is the topic of the next chapter. Clearly a bit too much copy and paste of the text.

The theory sections of each project, which is often a key part of each chapter in other books in this series, are very thin and don't discuss either theory or the rationale behind the engineering decisions in the book.

The book contains only a small number of projects, and four of them use exactly the same Arduino controller board.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing...
An amazing book. I've done a lot of project and I learned a lot! A friend of mine told me about it and it is really fascinating
Published 6 months ago by Gilberto Batista
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. I expected more.
The projects are pretty basic. I was expecting to see something a little more useful. Now, I just look up Arduino projects online.
Published 10 months ago by Jerry L. Adkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Genius, Adruino Android Projects
This is a cool book, and very instructional, it starts you out at the beginning, and pretty soon you're building and programming like a pro, or at leas as close to a pro as I've... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen Stefl
2.0 out of 5 stars This book will not help you if you are trying to create an android...
The book depends entirely upon pre-baked apps that you get from the authors. I picked it up because I had otherwise been very happy with this publisher's dev books and expected a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ron Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the improviser or the student.
The motivation of the author is everything. This genre of book should be motivated by a desire to teach and demonstrate skills. Read more
Published 15 months ago by aphalstrom
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Up to Par
Having given Simon Monk a GUSHING review on his basic book on programming Arduino, I had high hopes for this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Fulmer
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
It focuses on the Arduino. It shows wiring it up, sketches, electronics,in great detail. Don't expect it to teach many specifics about android.
Published 22 months ago by StamKi
5.0 out of 5 stars This Mad Scientist is VERY happy with the book
Enjoying this book. It is EXACTLY the kind of hands on hacking I like. It has great photos and is very clear on the process and code.

Great buy!
Published on February 14, 2012 by Mel Riser
5.0 out of 5 stars Arduino and Android Meet
This book is filled with tons of great info on getting your android device working with your arduino board. Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by Mariano Figueroa
5.0 out of 5 stars Droid + Duino = Fun
Imagine the shouts of joy when it was announced at a 2011 Android developer's conference that the hardware standard for building Android accessories would be the popular (and... Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Bruce Miller
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