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Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius [Kindle Edition]

Donald Norris
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A dozen fiendishly fun projects for the Raspberry Pi!

This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to create all kinds of entertaining and practical projects with Raspberry Pi operating system and programming environment. In Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius, you’ll learn how to build a Bluetooth-controlled robot, a weather station, home automation and security controllers, a universal remote, and even a minimalist website. You’ll also find out how to establish communication between Android devices and the RasPi.

Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout makes following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

Build these and other devious devices:

  • LED blinker
  • MP3 player
  • Camera controller
  • Bluetooth robot
  • Earthquake detector
  • Home automation controller
  • Weather station
  • Home security controller
  • RFID door latch
  • Remote power controller
  • Radon detector

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About the Author

Donald Norris is an avid electronics hobbyist and maker. He is also an electronics engineer with an advanced degree in Production Management. Don is retired from civilian government service with the US Navy, where he specialized in acoustics and digital signal processing. He also has more than a dozen years’ experience as a professional software developer using C, C#, C++, Python, and Java, as well as five years’ experience as a certified IT security consultant.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Complete September 12, 2013
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Because the Pi is a fully functional PC on a little board, with many features (including multimedia!) in the class of Arduino and Propeller, most project books don't have the space to get into the basics of Pi, like loading the O/S and many other details. Since this is a UK unit, many of the websites (even though this is all open source) are a chore to sort out. Getting the free downloads shown in this book is worth the price of the book itself, DO NOT pay for the O/S on a site, it is free on many others, as shown in this fine little gem!

True to the evil genius series, this book is an exception to the completeness issue! Not only are the projects fully detailed, with carefully tested code that works without glitches, the author also takes the time to go over the basics of Pi as well, including getting up and running before the project phases. The book has something in it for everyone because of that, from beginners to advanced designers and hobbyists. As a roboticist and teacher, I'm using the Pi more and more in place of Arduino programs (called sketches) because the motor controls are much more like the most advanced robotics, which often use Linux. The Department of Defense uses Linux in some of their drones! VERY scalable system.

A great way to learn not only Pi, but electronics, programming and much more, from grade school to graduate engineer. And in case you're new to Pi, many folks are actually making the cheapest PC's on the planet with this little monster, INCLUDING HDTV interfaces for their monitors! The (non profit educational) Pi developers were smart enough to include multi media, which is amazing for a chip this size. If you want to go "big time" you can even combine it seamlessly pin to pin with Arduino for automation, or Propeller for multi processing. Highly Recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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"Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius" by Donald Norris is an interesting book that introduces reader to Raspberry Pi that is regardless of its small size fully operational computer working on Linux operating system.

Inside the author presented 12 practical construction projects (robot car, MP3 player, camera controller, earthquake detector, GPS...) that showed Raspberry Pi's capabilities from the simple ones to the most advanced and complex.
For each project author stated its requirements, both software and hardware, together with describing whole making process in details, including pictures and schemes.

As author said, the Raspberry Pi is currently a most inexpensive computer that offers such level of functionality and is freely available on market.
Its concept was introduced 7 years ago on Cambridge University in order to make an inexpensive computer that will allow experiments unlike high-end expensive PCs that people for fear of damage don't dare "to play" with.
As a result, the Raspberry Pi was created that allows even small kids to play and experiment, and while they are learning to program they are also able to make things without a fear that something expensive will be damaged or broken.

"Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius" is nice book for all inventors or device constructors, regardless of their age, although I would strongly recommend it to the teens that will learn a lot while they'll use it.
In an extremely simple and graphically interesting way, with a lot of details the author manages to intrigue the reader not only to make herself/himself these 12 featured projects, but to soon try some own project using the principles learned from the book.

Therefore I recommend this book not only for private use, but also for the schools because it will intrigue students to start thinking creatively and make practical work themselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not really evil October 22, 2013
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Not evil, rather some really interesting internals and unusual uses. Not hard (for a programmer) to follow.
I don't know of another source of this particular information. I've had it for about 2 months and give 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I gave this rating because of his easy style, well thought out approach to interfacing the RasPi.
He explains why the things done in the book are done this way, with plenty of warnings that if YOU DO IT WRONG you will damage the RasPi.
The software for the hardware is explained quite well, with links to other documentation for more advanced reading.
No hard core maths or stuff to detract from an enjoyable learning experience.
It would appeal well to the newbie who is capable, but a novice with this device.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for interested with RPi September 23, 2013
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This book provides the basic knowledge for the one who wants to practice with Raspberry Pi. I think it is very useful for the beginners and advanced users starting to use the Raspberry Pi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of Raspberry Pi projects! December 15, 2013
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Looking for a great source of projects for the Raspberry PI?
This is it! East to follow, with multiple projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great ideas November 3, 2013
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We bought a Raspberry Pi so that our kids would have a platform to learn about computers. We wouldn't have to worry about them wrecking our laptops or desktops either. This book has plenty of good ideas for somebody that is new to Raspberry Pi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! October 4, 2013
By Kmilr
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Author explains concepts well. Good value for the price. I needed a book which went into explaining the GPIO pins and how to interface with them. It does that well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 3 days ago by T S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exceeded expectations.
Published 1 month ago by Victor Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars In combination with articles on the web I was able to get my Pi up and...
I'm using this book to learn about my Raspberry Pi I just purchased. In combination with articles on the web I was able to get my Pi up and running and this book was a good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good projects...a bit high level for my 9th grade kid.
Published 2 months ago by Andy Vaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Very well written. Good for beginners and advanced as well.
Published 3 months ago by gil p
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for working with kids
There are several projects in here that I'll be doing with my sons. We started our Pi adventures with a PiCraft Minecraft server, then realized there was so much more potential,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just purchased my own raspberry pi and still waiting for delivery of all the cables. Great ideas and well organized content.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I expected
Written mostly for the experimenter. Its well written and very well documented, but it did not address the needs I had in the Ham Radio area. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anthony L. Dewitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Needed At All
I read a lot of book & bought a lot as well.
This's the first book I met that the author is talking as "I told", "I did", even he doesn't know how to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ahmed Ossama
3.0 out of 5 stars DIfficult to concentrate on
The projects are OK and interesting but the lack of colour makes it a bit difficult to follow at times. Could use a few more photos.
Published 6 months ago by Emileigh
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