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Getting Started with Arduino [Kindle Edition]

Massimo Banzi
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Arduino is the open-source electronics prototyping platform that’s taken the design and hobbyist world by storm. This thorough introduction, updated for Arduino 1.0, gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you work with them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is here!

Inside, you’ll learn about:

  • Interaction design and physical computing
  • The Arduino hardware and software development environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram

Getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this guide, all you need an Arduino Uno or earlier model, along with USB A-B cable and an LED. The easy-to-use Arduino development environment is free to download.

Join hundreds of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Written by the co-founder of the Arduino project, Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on all the fun!



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Book Description

Arduino is the hot open source prototyping platform for artists, hobbyists, students, and anyone who wants to create interactive physical environments. Getting Started with Arduino is written by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi, and incorporates his experience in teaching, using, and creating Arduino.

About the Author

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.


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  • File Size: 2951 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QED7Y6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All form, little substance . . . January 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
I am brand new to arduino, coding, building electronics, etc. As such, I was very excited about getting this book as I though it would be a great primer and introduction into the world of Arduino. However, it fell short of my expectations and desires.

This book does provide some nice, easy examples. You will learn to light an LED, use a button a little, and some coding. However,with a few exceptions, the book does not really explain how or why the code works. It doesn't explain much syntax or how go beyond what is explained. It left me thinking, 'Wow, this is neat, but what's next?'

Also, the final project in the book it a huge leap from the first few, again, with little or no explaination.

It would be fine for a younger child, but left me wanting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Started with Arduino Second Edition January 15, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wanted to see what was in the second edition so I decided to buy it.There is a lot of useful information in the newer edition, especially on sketches (the software programs that are uploaded into the Arduino board).

But I have to say, many of the projects in the first edition aren't in the second edition. I imagine that's why the first edition is selling for such a high price. If you need several beginners projects for the Arduino you will need to supplement this book with another one.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in substance December 6, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this book is cheap, I'm not too sure it is worth the money. The examples are good to try out to understand how the board works, but you could find instructions on the web for free. There are pages and pages about why arduino is great for creative people, but the examples aren't detailed enough and there is a lack of information on how things are working. Luckily I'm a programmer and searched for the answers on google.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Work January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is a problem here. I bought the kindle version of this book and the kit that goes with it. The very first example would not work. I struggled with it, I typed it in, I double checked the syntax. Then I went to make magazine to down load the code for the example. It was almost the exact same code as the book, except the the online version had a #define statement. That fixed it. Worse place ever to have a omission - the first example.

Then the second project. I noticed right off that the illustration in figure 4-6 titled "hooking up a push button" did not have a button in the illustration. So I thought, well it's the button on the Arduino they want me to push. Nope - that's the reset button. So I went to O'Riley Books and viewed the same book there. Figure 4-6 has a button wired into the bread board. So the second example would never work as illustrated. The first two examples in this kindle version will not work if you follow them to the letter. So why did I pay $8 just to have to constantly double check my work and the publishers work?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Arduino March 22, 2012
By Michael
Format:Paperback
If you're a beginner at using Arduino, and could perhaps use a little help when it comes to electronics theory, and microcontroller programming in a C/C++ style programming language, then this book is just what you need to get started.

The author, Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino and outspoken and celebrated Arduino spokesman, does a great job of getting you using your Arduino and explaining the essentials of what all is involved. Who better to learn the essentials from?

I highly recommend getting this book as an introductory guide to help you on your way.

And of course, for a great wealth of additional information, check out the on-line Arduino site and forum.

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In regards to a potentially misleading previous review:

The first program works as it should, typed as it is in the book (Yay, Blinky lives again! - It's running on my Mega 2560 R3 as I write this [no additional components needed for this sketch on this board].), and on page 41, Figure 4-6 does show a pushbutton on the prototyping board that is connected to the Arduino.

That reviewer was reviewing a version of this book other than the physical paperback one.

Given the circumstances, it's unfortunate that Amazon combines the reviews for these somewhat different versions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If planning on gifting someone completely unfamiliar with micro-controllers a book explaining in very broad and basic terms how the Arduino system works, then this is a great buy. If you're savvy enough to use internet resources to learn Arduino - and you know a little about micro-computing and micro-controllers, then there is a deluge of free information at the Arduino website - among many others - without having to pay for cellulose and ink.

The Arduino website has almost everything listed in this book, as well as tutorials and sketches (programs) to implement most everything Massimo Banzi describes in this book. That said, it's a great accompaniment (mainly aesthetic) for an Arduino gift package, and it's more convenient for some individuals to take small bites from this subject, which can become increasingly more complex by orders of magnitude the more you "dig in."

In short the author does a good job of laying out the very general and broad concepts behind Arduino, and he packages it in a thin, portable tome. While I enjoyed reading it at first - when I had no idea how a micro-controller spoke to the world - I quickly realized that it would be better to hand off to someone as a gift to give him/her an idea of what I was doing with Arduino as opposed to keeping it as a reference. In fact, I gave it to an older co-worker who had experimented with 5v digital circuits back in the '70's and '80's when digital calculators were coming of age and TI was in its historical hotspot. He found the book an excellent intro to the concept of physical computing, and he has since been able to integrate much of his understanding of digital logic IC's and basic circuit design with the Arduino platform over time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars the book is as described like new
unfortunately I am not impressed with the book, they wasted too much time on stuff that is not important
but that is not the sellers fault.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Gary Keffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too basic
I read through this 'book' in a couple hours. Some parts were informative, but generally found it to be far too basic. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Zenon O. Ruzycky
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST READ IT
If you are a starter or even NOT READ this book it goes trough all the basic concepts basic tutorials, debugging and programming and its a EASY READING.
Published 27 days ago by João Pedro Porto
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it
It was a great starter book. I learned a ton and have been able to pass on some of that knowledge to others which is my way of judging if I learned something.
Published 3 months ago by S. Bellomo
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic and slightly out-dated
Very, very basic book aimed at people new to electronics and microcontrollers. The book is slightly out-dated (the current Arduino Uno comes with an LED tied to pin 13 so you don't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Gruenenwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is correct - Great little book
I purchased a makershed arduino starter kit at Radio Shack and picked up this book at the same time as I had an idea what arduino could do but had no idea really where to start. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Eichner
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic introduction to the Arduino and the Arduino Integrated...
I personally found this to be a little too basic for me having a little background in electronics, but it would be good for someone just starting out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise reference for Arduino
This book provides the basic information to allow the reader to get started with Arduino, and then to moved to an advanced level
Published 3 months ago by H. Altstadter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner's Guide!
This was the first book I picked up when I wanted to get into the world of Arduino.

This book is very easy to follow and has walks you through a few simple prefects in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marco Jokada
3.0 out of 5 stars The very basics
This book was a decent intro to the world of Arduino. Be aware that the title is fitting. It will get you started and that is about it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James
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More About the Author

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.

Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino.

He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions allover the world.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.

Massimo is also the author of "Getting Started with Arduino" published by O'Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.

He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.

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