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Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your world Paperback – September 29, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1449392437 ISBN-10: 1449392431 Edition: Second Edition

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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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Its a very well written and well done book.
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This is a really nice book, lots of explanations even the side-notes are very interesting.
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Bottom line: this book is superb and I highly recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on October 6, 2011
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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 By Fabio Ghirardello on 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 By Bloomington Bookworm on 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 By Longhorn on 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 By J. M. Sample on 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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There is not enough time in one day to do all the things that come to mind from this book.
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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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I'm a programmer by profession, and concepts inside this book continue to cross into my day job from night hacking with Arduino. Mr. Igoe could have edited out many concepts not really required for completion of the many cool projects inside this book, but he chose to complete this book with his expansive writing, motivating the reader to approach new horizons of knowledge with accurate and pleasurable topics. This is a must read for the novice Arduino hacker.
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