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ISBN-13: 978-1118549360 ISBN-10: 1118549368 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118549368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118549360
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

“Jeremy’s easy-to-understand style and depth of content about the Arduino … will not only allow digital beginners to get their footing but will also allow the old guard of hardware to dip a toe into the hobbyist-friendly end of the swimming pool and start connecting their devices.”
- Chris Gammell, Co-host of the Amp Hour Podcast

ARDUINO CAN TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. THIS BOOK IS THE ROADMAP.

Exploring Arduino shows how to use the world’s most popular microcontroller to create cool, practical, artistic, and educational projects. Through lessons in electrical engineering, programming, and human computer interaction, this book walks you through specific, increasingly complex projects, all the while providing best practices that can apply to your own projects once you’ve mastered these. You’ll acquire valuable skills – and have a whole lot of fun.
• Explore the features of several commonly used Arduino boards
• Use the Arduino to control very simple tasks or complex electronics
• Learn principles of system design, programming, and electrical engineering
• Discover code snippets, best practices, and system schematics you can apply to your  original projects
• Master skills you can use for engineering endeavors in other fields and with  different platforms

Find schematics, tutorial videos, code download, and more at the companion website: www.exploringarduino.com.

About the Author

Jeremy Blum is known for his series of educational YouTube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. He has built a range of microcontroller-based systems including solar trackers, prosthetic arms, truss-traversing robots, musical theremins, computer vision-based and glove-based gesture controllers, and more.

More About the Author

Jeremy is currently a hardware engineer at Google [x], where he designs electronics on the Google Glass team.

Jeremy Blum recently received his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, where he previously received his Bachelor's degree in the same field. At Cornell, he oversaw the design and creation of several sustainable buildings around the world and domestically through his founding and leadership of Cornell University Sustainable Design, a nationally recognized sustainable design organization that has been specifically lauded by the CEO of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils.

In that vein, Jeremy has applied his passion for electrical engineering to design solar home energy monitoring systems, revolutionary fiber-optic LED lighting systems, and sun-tracking smart solar panels. He is also responsible for helping to start a first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial co-working space that contributes to the development of dozens of student start-ups (including some of his own creation) every year.

Jeremy has designed award-winning prosthetic control methods, gesture-recognition systems, and building-automation systems, among many other things. He designed the electronics for the MakerBot Replicator 3D printers (which are used by people around the world and by notable organizations such as NASA) and the prototype electronics and firmware for the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner. As a researcher in the renowned Creative Machines Lab, he has contributed to the creation of robots that can assemble themselves, self-learning quadrupedal robots, and 3D printers that redefine personal manufacturing. He has presented this research in peer-reviewed journals, and at conferences as far away as India.

Jeremy produces YouTube videos that have introduced millions of people to engineering and are among the most popular introductory Arduino tutorials on the Internet. He is well known within the international open source and "maker" communities for his development of open source hardware projects and tutorials that have been featured on the Discovery Channel and have won several awards and hack-a-thons. Jeremy was selected by the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as the 2012 New Face of Engineering.

He offers engineering consulting services through his firm, Blum Idea Labs LLC, and he teaches engineering and sustainability to young students in New York City. Jeremy's passion is improving people's lives and our planet through creative engineering solutions. You can learn more about Jeremy and his work at his website: http://www.jeremyblum.com.

Customer Reviews

This is an extremely well written book.
GTtax guy
I am finding Arduino is a great way to explore electronics and this book is a great way to explore Arduino.
Sean Shoemaker
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Arduino and electronics in general.
Andrew Paton

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on July 24, 2013
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Jeremy Blum is the best combination of a formally trained Electronics Engineer and a Maker/Hacker. His excellent video series promulgated through YouTube and Element 14 is the most complete video tutorial on the Arduino available. But, this Maker's Handbook and introductory engineering text is much more than a rehash or paper documentation for his outstanding video series. While the book could stand alone as an excellent practical introduction to the Arduino, it also serves as a clear (and as much as possible no-math) introduction to principles of electronic engineering and computer science, with a little bit of practical physics thrown in. As an easy to follow engineering textbook Jeremy's "Exploring Arduino" offers the most complete explanation of Analog to Digital Conversion, Pulse Width Modulation, USB and Serial Protocols (I2C and SPI), Data Logging and Real Time Clocking, TCP/IP and Web Protocols and the Internet of Things I have found among a plethora of Arduino books. The illustrations are of high quality black and white and sufficient to capture wiring diagrams, schematics, oscilloscope traces program listings, data sheets and parts pictorials. As a Maker's Handbook part kits are available at a discount with the book from Element 14 allowing one to economically duplicate all of Jeremy's experiments.

I highly recommend "Exploring Arduino" as much more than an introduction to this popular microcontroller. He bringhs his skills as a Maker and as an Cornell Master's Degree Electronic Engineer to the best combination of Experimental Handbook for the Arduino and a clear and easy to follow introduction to Electronic Principles.

--Ira Laefsky MS Computer Engineering, MBA IT Consultant and Human Computer Interaction Researcher
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc and Digital Equipment Corporation
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Treacy on September 23, 2013
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I somehow ended up with both the paper version and the kindle version. I like them both but the Kindle version has the diagrams in color which is a huge win for me when trying to figure out the breadboard layouts. In the b&w of the book the greys are too hard to distinguish, but in the color version on kindle its much easier to trace the jumpers and read the resistors.

Really good book to go beyond basics with your arduino.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sean Shoemaker on July 24, 2013
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I rocketed through Jeremy's video series before I even purchased my first Arduino. I was so glad to see he made a book out of it. I received the book a few days ago and it looks great. The approach is very easy to follow and the lessons build upon each other nicely. He does a great job of tackling more complex projects without letting the reader get overwhelmed. Jeremy's projects always point in a somewhat practical direction. I am finding Arduino is a great way to explore electronics and this book is a great way to explore Arduino.
-Sean Shoemaker
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bianchi on January 2, 2014
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I've been teaching Arduino programming to my advanced high school physics classes for several years, and this book is the tutorial/reference I wish I had when I started. An interested novice can move to this book right after working through the standard examples on the Arduino site. The book hits a really good balance between practical "how to get it done", and briefly explaining the underlying electronics so you can just start making sense of the spec sheets that come with the electronic bits you buy for your projects, as well as what's going on inside the Arduino. The choice of topics covered is also very well considered, particularly the section on various interfaces like I2C and SPI. I've try to make sense of hooking up I2C devices from online materials for a while and always found the technical information online overwhelming - Blum makes it dead easy. One of the most clearly written technical books I've ever used. If you have an Arduino, buy this book now.
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I have read many books on Arduino, MBED, ARM and PIC, as well as many online tutorials (both free and paid), -and this is by the far the best source of beginner knowledge into the wonderful world of Arduino. In addition to teaching you the fundamentals of Arduino, this book teaches fundamental concepts that can be applied to other platforms and micro-controllers. It is by far the best source of knowledge and most comprehensive introduction that I have found yet, covering many concepts that aren't covered elsewhere. The "to-the-point" teaching style is ingenious, one of a kind and basically forces the student to think and learn in a fun and engaging manner. It is both a great introduction for beginners and a beneficial tutorial for those with intermediate skills. In fact, not only would I recommend this book, but I also see it as a requirement for anyone wanting to break into this rewarding hobby. This is a "one-stop-shop" introduction to the world of Arduino that will save you time, money and many headaches, while keeping the student engaged and interested. If you are just starting out with Arduino, or have taken other courses and tutorials but aren't yet confident enough in your skills, then this is absolutely the best solution you can currently find...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Plummer on August 20, 2013
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This book takes explanations and concepts more in depth than other intro Arduino books I've read - especially with regard to engineering and electronics concept introduction and explanation. It also introduces some components that I've not used before in my own projects. The book teaches project conceptualization and its projects could (and probably should) certainly be considered as mere launching points for one's own projects. Possibly not the best book for beginners as neither does it always hold one's hand with regard to putting projects together nor does it spoonfeed C programming to the reader. It expects one to take the initiative. Nicely done. Only rare minor typos found and none that were especially confusing.
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