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Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius: Control Arduino With Your Smartphone or Tablet Paperback – November 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0071775960 ISBN-10: 007177596X Edition: 1st

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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: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,119 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

Customer Reviews

Maybe I was expecting too much, but it just seems like this book didn't live up his other book.
J. Fulmer
He does not attempt to explain anything, but just expects the reader to blindly follow his instructions without any deeper understanding.
aphalstrom
It has some very cool techniques to create the hardware necessary to interface the arduino board and android device.
Mariano Figueroa

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By !linux_user on 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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Farrell on January 27, 2013
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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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