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Arduino Projects to Save the World 2011th Edition
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The theme of building powerful and useful measurement and logging instruments has many uses and is
applicable beyond the environment (for example I am applying many of these principles to health and physiology information). This book is invaluable in that it provides information on how to connect any analog sensor to the Arduino, calibrate measurements, display data on a LCD, or Oscilloscope-like display, power the instrument by solar or battery power for in-the field use, transmit data wirelessly, upload data reports to an Internet of Things-like service, creating power-saving modes for the portable Arduino-based instrument and log data in files on a SD-card.
Building sensing and measurement instruments is one of the most valuable projects on can do with the Arduino (or any Microcontroller), more so if they are portable, can report wirelessly, share data over the Internet or with PC-based programs. This workbook, shows clearly and explicitly how to create your own portable and self-reporting test and measurement instruments for environmental (or any other scientific or industrial purpose). This is clearly the next step for any Arduino enthusiast who has moved beyond the stage of blinking LEDS and activating a buzzer.Read more ›
I gave this book four stars because it does such a great job of aiding your understand the whys of how to power and interface Arduinos, but it could have been longer for the price. It may not be suitable for a beginner unless they've had a reasonably good grounding in mathematics and physics and are comfortable reading electronic schematics, using a soldering iron and assembling hardware into customised boxes. One of the advantages in the book's catering to a more experienced audience, is that a fair degree of freedom is provided in what Arduino derivative you use and how you power and assemble the projects covered in the book. The latter chapters typically end with a page or so of links to relevant resources.
The source code can be downloaded from the publisher's site, but unfortunately, as is commonly the case with Arduino books, the IDE version used to compile the included code is not stated. You may need to download an older IDE version prior to the current stable V1.0 and V1.5 releases to get the code to compile, particularly where there's a dependency on third party libraries.
This book will certainly reward time invested in reading and understanding the contents and prove a useful reference as you build your own projects.
The book commences with an explanation of the operation of the Arduino Analogue to Digital converter and how to understand analogue sensors, so you can correctly interface and read from them.Read more ›
His writing style keeps it fun and useful.