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Arduino Projects to Save the World Paperback – December 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1430236238 ISBN-10: 143023623X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143023623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236238
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emery Premeaux (a.k.a. MRE ) had been raised on electronics and hamburgers. The need to dissemble mechanical and electronic devices is probably caused by a genetic disorder passed on by his father. Soldering skills definitely came before table manners. MRE spent his formative years putting model rockets into microwaves, searching for treasure with hand-wound electro-magnets, and building various Rube Goldberg contraptions to catch the monsters.

An underlying theme of life in those early days was that technology was not only fascinating, but that nerdism could actually make one a hero. Goonies, Tron, and Revenge of the Nerds were huge influences. Eventually, so-called adult reality stepped in. So MRE started out on the success quest. A series of jobs left him with a diverse set of skills, including, but not limited to the following: He learned how to cheat arcade and slot machines, build and maintain incredibly complex robots that manufacture incredibly simple things, determine just what it would take to destroy a three-story, 200-ton piece of construction equipment, and answer the question Can we measure that?

After 10 years and nearly as many jobs, MRE decided that somehow, having an actual degree might do some good, so he went ahead and did that. It could have done him some good, but it's just that by the time he finished his bachelor's degree in electronics engineering, he was actually ready for something completely different. MRE now lives in Japan. He teaches technical English to Japanese engineers, and normal English to normal Japanese kids. He is a founding member of Tokyo HackerSpace, where he teaches electronics, Arduino, urban gardening, leather and metalwork to anyone willing to try something new.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on January 12, 2012
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The first author describes his experience in a Japanese Hackerspace after this past year's fatal earthquakes and nuclear disaster, and how a dedicated team of Arduino DIYers built a portable remote reporting and GPS locating Geiger Counter that produced reliable radiation maps while central authorities relied on much more primitive data. He then extends this theme of capturing, displaying, reporting (remotely) and displaying environmental data in several spheres: temperature sensing, seismographic (earthquake) measurements, and power usage monitors.

The theme of building powerful and useful measurement and logging instruments has many uses and is
applicable beyond the environment (for example I am applying many of these principles to health and physiology information). This book is invaluable in that it provides information on how to connect any analog sensor to the Arduino, calibrate measurements, display data on a LCD, or Oscilloscope-like display, power the instrument by solar or battery power for in-the field use, transmit data wirelessly, upload data reports to an Internet of Things-like service, creating power-saving modes for the portable Arduino-based instrument and log data in files on a SD-card.

Building sensing and measurement instruments is one of the most valuable projects on can do with the Arduino (or any Microcontroller), more so if they are portable, can report wirelessly, share data over the Internet or with PC-based programs. This workbook, shows clearly and explicitly how to create your own portable and self-reporting test and measurement instruments for environmental (or any other scientific or industrial purpose). This is clearly the next step for any Arduino enthusiast who has moved beyond the stage of blinking LEDS and activating a buzzer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil G. Matthews on October 18, 2013
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I was immediately impressed with this book when I saw the priority given to sensing the environment in chapter 1. After all, if you are going to save the world, first you have to know what is wrong with it, and then you need to know if your efforts to save it are working!

I gave this book four stars because it does such a great job of aiding your understand the whys of how to power and interface Arduinos, but it could have been longer for the price. It may not be suitable for a beginner unless they've had a reasonably good grounding in mathematics and physics and are comfortable reading electronic schematics, using a soldering iron and assembling hardware into customised boxes. One of the advantages in the book's catering to a more experienced audience, is that a fair degree of freedom is provided in what Arduino derivative you use and how you power and assemble the projects covered in the book. The latter chapters typically end with a page or so of links to relevant resources.

The source code can be downloaded from the publisher's site, but unfortunately, as is commonly the case with Arduino books, the IDE version used to compile the included code is not stated. You may need to download an older IDE version prior to the current stable V1.0 and V1.5 releases to get the code to compile, particularly where there's a dependency on third party libraries.

This book will certainly reward time invested in reading and understanding the contents and prove a useful reference as you build your own projects.

The book commences with an explanation of the operation of the Arduino Analogue to Digital converter and how to understand analogue sensors, so you can correctly interface and read from them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2013
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Very good book had the exact sketch I was looking for to set up several temperature sensors. Shows steps to build sketch and then at end of chapter gives the complete sketch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JimInAshland on July 24, 2013
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I may not save the world, but his book helps us accomplish our more modest goals.
His writing style keeps it fun and useful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark1968 on December 17, 2013
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I have not had a chance to read this book yet but it is on my list of books to read soon.
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