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iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino: Wiring the iPhone and iPad into the Internet of Things 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1449308481
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About the Author

Alasdair Allan is a senior research fellow in Astronomy at the University of Exeter, where he is building an autonomous, distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that reactively schedule observations of time-critical events. He also runs a small technology consulting business writing bespoke software and building open hardware, and is currently developing a series of iPhone applications to monitor and manage cloud-based services and distributed sensor networks.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (September 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449308481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449308483
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and tinkerer. He is the author of a number of books, and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them.

A couple of years ago, during Google I/O, he rolled out a mesh network of 400 sensor motes covering the entire of Moscone West. A few years before that he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering the fact that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing.

He is a contributing editor for Make: Magazine, writing about electronics--especially wireless devices and distributed sensor networks, mobile computing, and the "Internet of Things"--and a former astrophysicist, where he contributed to the detection of what was--at the time--the most distant object yet discovered.

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I am relatively new to iOS programming (one year since my first contact with Objective-C) and *very* new to Arduino (how could I miss this awesome device for so long!!!???). I was looking for a way to connect my iOS device to Arduino and I came across the Redpark serial cable for iOS, sold by MakerShed. Allan's book taught me everything I needed to know to make iOS apps that will connect to my Arduino. After reading the book twice (the second time devoting extra time to write and seriously understand the code), I am now fully able to develop apps that do exactly what I needed: connect my iPod Touch or iPad to my Arduino.

If you are trying to learn to connect your iOS device to an Arduino, this book is for you. The book does require some knowledge of Objective-C (necessary for iOS programming) and C/C++ (necessary for programming Arduino sketches). Also, because you will need to run your apps in your iOS device, you will need to be an Apple developer (subscription is $99 a year).

To me, this book was worth every cent. I am now planning to buy and read all books from this author. I really liked his writing style and his cool approach to programming!

PS - The last chapter contains code that is a little dated. If you want to connect the Arduino to the Internet using the Ethernet library, just replace Server() and Client() with EthernetServer() and EthernetClient().
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I bought this book to connect my arduino projects to my iphone and just have fun with it all. This book does teach you how to do that but the majority of the book relies on the use of a RedPark cable that you can buy for like $50. It might say it more obvious somewhere in the description but I didn't realize that until I was reading through the book. Also I should have looked at the page count because this book is THIN! The code looks pretty good (font etc.) and there are several diagrams and pictures to help you along the way so that is really nice. I haven't bought the cable yet so once I get it and play around with it I'll update my review. All in all from what I have read through it is an ok book. I honestly just wish I knew it relied so heavily on this other cable before I bought the book.
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Requires a special cable.
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I expected to find examples of ios code/apps that communicated over wifi with the arduino project but found that this was more communication over a serial cable from the ios device
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