3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strong on fundamentals, a little muddled on finished product,
This review is from: Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius (Paperback)
This is a very curious book, and it took me a while to understand exactly what the author was doing here. In a way, it's almost a stealth course in creating consumer products, or at least the back ends thereof. I kind of question whether this is truly suitable for evil, honestly, but hey, if you're the type to freak out over RFID, you'll find plenty of sketchy stuff here.
This is definitely not the sort of book an engineer-in-training would look for, but it's excellent for someone who just wants to get it working. Norris makes extensive use of breakout modules like laser tripwires and GPS receivers, bypassing the ins and outs of complex soldering operations (some assembly still required, but it's mostly pretty basic). Similarly, the software side is devoted to basics - test bed code, serial chitchat, and the like, leaving snazzy interfaces and complex driver code as exercises, but at the same time introducing things like optoisolators to make sure the hardware side is more robust than your average cookbook project.
Overall, this is a solid entry in the Evil genius series and a great book to have when looking for something to do with a Raspberry Pi. It could use a bit more on user interface, but it's surprisingly fine without it.