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ISBN-13: 978-1449368104
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Book Description

A Hands-On Primer to Real World Sensing With Arduino and Raspberry Pi

About the Author

Tero Karvinen teaches Linux and embedded systems in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, where his work has also included curriculum development and research in wireless networking. He previously worked as a CEO of a small advertisement agency. Tero's education includes a Masters of Science in Economics.

Kimmo Karvinen works as a CEO in a leading company specialized in AV automation in Finland. Before that, he worked as CTO for a hardware manufacturer that specializes in smart building technology, as a marketing communications project leader, and as a creative director and partner in advertisement agency. Kimmo's education includes a Masters of Art and he's currently working toward his D.Sc. at Helsinki University of Technology.

Ville Valtokari works as the head programmer for automation hardware manufacturer. Before that he designed and programmed cutting edge AV systems. Countless personal projects include game design and programming, building robots, and discovering how things work.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (June 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449368107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449368104
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matha Goram on June 2, 2014
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This primer bridges both worlds of Arduino and Raspberry Pi with excellent attention to details for the uninitiated. If you need proven solutions AND willing to fork some $$$ for the sensors you will achieve a sense of satisfaction in quickly reproducing the abundant examples in the book.

The more I use the book to evaluate the exercises, the more I am impressed by the attention to detail by the authors. Of course, there will always be opportunities to explain things in more detail for diverse audiences but I have to confess that most of the discrepancies I am capturing below may be due to "operator error!" :)

I will append editorial oversights below as I dutifully step through each chapter [be warned: this is not my day job :)]
Figure 1-7 does not match Table 1-1
Example 3-5 assumes that the on-board LED (pin #13) is used in Figure 3-10
Example 3-4 invokes "botbook_gpio.py" which failed compilation in my IDLE 3 environment (I corrected the print statements) at line 25, column 20 for the "wa" dual attribute. Apparently one attribute is allowed in my configuration. Not knowing enough about the low level details, I changed the setting to a single attribute but ran into "timeout" problems with the pulseInHigh(echoPin) method. Perhaps an example of the "operator error" I alluded to earlier.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bassocantor TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 11, 2014
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I thought this book would just cover interface circuits. What I got instead was a far more complete, detailed manual about many important features of both the Arduino and Pi. For my "Geocaching" hobby, we use Arduino to build self-contained "Geocaches" in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I am familiar with some of the input circuits of that device, such as keyboards, LED's, etc. It was fun to see all the different sensors that can be used. Great ideas to try-out!

The book divides the sensors into the following categories:
Distance
Smoke/Gas
Touch
Movement
Light
Acceleration
Identity
Electricity

Each section has a good general overview of what you are trying to measure, and the math involved. Then, a sample sensor is introduced, with detailed instructions on how to hook it up. Tips on where to find the datasheets, along with URL's are included.

The sections on setting up Arduino and the one on Raspberry Pi are outstanding. Detailed, clear instructions on how to hook-up, download software, and get your first "Hello World" program off the ground. Includes links to websites that have the free OS or utilities.

I appreciate the information about all the extra cables, etc., that are required to get either device up and running. The low cost can be deceiving, since all the interface circuitry and cables can really add-up.

√ VERY IMPRESSIVE BOOK. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

(I see that the publisher's HQ is not too far away; we'll have to place some Arduino-based geocachers right next to MakerMedia HQ.)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2014
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For those of you wondering what to do with that Raspberry Pi sitting in your desk drawer (the one you were once so excited about when it first arrived?), well wonder no more. Put that processor (and your brain) to work building electronic devices to interface it with! This book will show you how. It isn't for the technophobe, or the plug-n-play set (who on earth would think that?). By the same token, it isn't an esoteric techno-tome either: it is a well-written, keenly and cleanly explained guide to getting started. Your personal tricorder awaits its development! Plenty of explanation is provided for the Linux noob. The beauty of this book is in its ability to catch and hold one's interest: there are dozens of projects requiring a wide range of ambition (notice I didn't use the word 'expertise'), each contributing to the store of knowledge you'll acquire in the use of the Pi, in computing and in electronics. This is properly a hands-on book. I'm a teacher researching curriculum for my students, and the title sums up my view. They will eat this up like Kibbles and Bits. Score!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ssound on January 9, 2015
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Im an EE who is more analog oriented, and eventhough I did get my fair share of "digitial" and microcontroller programming at college, the Arduino and Raspberry Pi stuff is relatively foreign land to me, perhaps it was because they were sometimes frowned upon by college instructors, specially Arduinos, probably because everyone nowadays can download a code into an arduino and have a working project with out actually knowing anything about electronics or programming, so I can understand their discontent.

This book covers a great deal of 'pre-made' or 'plug-n-play' sensors and or sensor boards out there, assumes zero electronics knowledge from the reader, and very basic programming skills, electronic theory is almost non-existen, yet it mentions the most relevant stuff. This book is a great resource to familiarize yourself with the new gadgets out there, which again, wont be covered in most schools with a more traditional and professional oriented approach. Im surprised at how easy it is to do things with these boards, everything is already pre-made for you in a library, I actually feel a bit bad about it, like a trained monkey just using the pre-made libraries since I was always taught to bit bang most of the stuff, then again that gave me a better understanding of the inner workings which this book lacks.

That being said, I believe this is not only an excelent and fun book about sensors, but also it is a great resource to learn how to program on the Arduino or Raspberry Pi, it is particularly easy if you already know C or Python. It will definitely help aspiring amateurs make interesting projects, and will also help EE's to discover newer gadgets or perhaps get an idea on how to solve a certain problem by looking at the different posibilities out there.
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