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Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your world [Paperback]

Tom Igoe
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Book Description

September 29, 2011 1449392431 978-1449392437 Second Edition

Make microcontrollers, PCs, servers, and smartphones talk to each other.

Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world is good fun. But when the devices you've built start to talk to each other, things really get interesting. With 33 easy-to-build projects, Making Things Talk shows you how to get your gadgets to communicate with you and your environment. It’s perfect for people with little technical training but a lot of interest.

Maybe you're a science teacher who wants to show students how to monitor the weather in several locations at once. Or a sculptor looking to stage a room of choreographed mechanical sculptures. In this expanded edition, you’ll learn how to form networks of smart devices that share data and respond to commands.

  • Call your home thermostat with a smartphone and change the temperature.
  • Create your own game controllers that communicate over a network.
  • Use ZigBee, Bluetooth, Infrared, and plain old radio to transmit sensor data wirelessly.
  • Work with Arduino 1.0, Processing, and PHP—three easy-to-use, open source environments.
  • Write programs to send data across the Internet, based on physical activity in your home, office, or backyard.

Whether you want to connect simple home sensors to the Internet, or create a device that can interact wirelessly with other gadgets, this book explains exactly what you need.


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Editorial Reviews

Book Description

Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects

About the Author

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. He has a background in theatre, and his work centers on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. He is a co-author of the book Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. He has consulted for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and others.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; Second Edition edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449392431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This excellent Second Edition of "Making Things Talk" by Professor Tom Igoe is an outgrowth of a course he teaches on "Networked Objects" for Physical Computing and Multimedia Work. The original edition included exciting projects involving an Interactive Stuffed Monkey with resistive sensors, web interaction and infrared and radio based interfaces to microcontrollers.

This edition has been thoroughly updated to include (for example) remote sensing of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), extensive interconnection with WIFI; Web Services Software and Data Acquisition and use of Android phone-based Processing language data display. It has also been revised and augmented to reflect many new form factors of the Arduino Microconttroller and several Open Source Hardware projects. Extensive (illustrated indexes of tools and devices, as well as contacts with suppliers and manufacturers addresses, phone contacts and web sites. There is also an extensive chapter/appendix on the telecommunication protocols which make possible Web Services and communication with Networked Objects.

The project-oriented approach of this book, as well as the extensive illustrations and commented software listing make it an excellent addition to other works about the Arduino Microcontroller family.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA HCI Researcher formerly on the Senior IT Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 18, 2012
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Like many of the Make books, this one too is source for learning and inspiring hand-on projects. The examples might or might not be of any use to you but they certainly teach you how to network together laptops, internet and arduino. True, there are many examples and tutorials for free on online forums and blogs, but it is scattered around too much while this book collects all you need to know in one volume, with a clear formatting and nice and explanatory pictures, plus tons of other useful information.

I must agree with another reviewer that I don't favor the choice of Processing for the laptop applications: instead, I had liked to see Python too, and I had liked the author to show how to build a LAMP server on our own computer.

Bottom line: this book is superb and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful examples March 23, 2013
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Lots of details, and good examples. Includes a basic description of how networks are configured. Also describes the basics of wireless. Great to have a book about the whys and not just the hows.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but "different" February 5, 2012
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You can learn a lot from this book if you overlook the funky projects and don't let it turn you off. For example, a lot of knowledge is in the Pong project but I can do without the monkey. A couple of 10K pots will suffice. I also am not too fond of cats. That being said...the book is well worth having if you are trying to learn how Arduino and Processing can communicate with each other. It covers a variety of communication protocols. I can recommend it if you can stick your tongue in your cheek and soldier on. The author really does know his subject matter.

As one other reviewer said - you can't judge this book by its cover (toy monkeys?...I guess I don't have much of a sense of humor but I am glad I bought the book).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making things talk makes it easy... December 7, 2011
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This book really sets out the process you need to follow to make your Arduino projects even more interactive, useful, and fun. I have remote programming experience and this book had me up and running in no time. It is well written and clear. A must buy for the Arfuino enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything from Maker is worth it. April 14, 2014
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There is not enough time in one day to do all the things that come to mind from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars man what a great book !!! March 26, 2014
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I have been working on computers and the net since way back when (tempted to make a joke here about AL GORE) ... my back ground includes web design, software programming, 3d animation and a small amount of hardware design. If you get the idea I am an old dude, you would be right as I am pushing 70 very hard.
From the moment I opened this book I started learning stuff, new stuff, great ideas.
In my dotage, I have become interested in robots and 3d printers (insert star trek reference here) and this book lays out information in easy to understand bits. It does help if you have had some programing experience but is not necessary as the writer explains bit by bit, in step by step process how the languages you use to program microcomputers work and how to get things talking to each other both hardware and software. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to break into microcomputers or build the internet of things. Its a very well written and well done book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars has more knowledge than the page count would have you believe
I'm a programmer by profession, and concepts inside this book continue to cross into my day job from night hacking with Arduino. Mr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Charles C. Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't read it.
My first impression was like looking at a mirror. Clearly not my photograph, but the brightness of the paper makes it very hard to read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JULIO ALBERTO BESSE
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treasure
Tom Igoe has written an interesting, practical, resourceful and creative book! I has exceeded every expectation I had for the book.
Published 16 months ago by kmarinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I wish it used Java or Python though...
This book is great, it has many concrete examples, the author is knowledgeable about the topic, the only downside is that it relies on Processing for the examples that need to run... Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by L. Vignals
5.0 out of 5 stars Making things talk easy
This is a really nice book, lots of explanations even the side-notes are very interesting.
This book make things look easy en let things talk. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Cinezaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I had the old version of the book but the new edition is even better. This book is a must for those who want to develop solutions or products in the Sensor and Actuator space.
Published on January 17, 2012 by cyber-heel
5.0 out of 5 stars making things talk
Very good quality and fast delivery. Easy book with good simple steps.
Book is simple to handle and easy to use.
Published on January 2, 2012 by esxmee
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