- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; Second edition (September 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449309879
- ISBN-13: 978-1449309879
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Started with Arduino Second Edition
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Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam.
Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
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For the final project, here is a quick link for Python ([...]) if you feel like using it instead of Processing. I was able to set it up and running within minutes and crawl the web articles with alternating LEDs, inspired by one of Jeremy Blum's tutorials ([...]).
Overall, it was a ton of fun and can't wait to do more with Arduino.
Note: The kit includes most of the items in the book but not all, such as the MOSFET transistor, diode or the motor (Project 7).
But I have to say, many of the projects in the first edition aren't in the second edition. I imagine that's why the first edition is selling for such a high price. If you need several beginners projects for the Arduino you will need to supplement this book with another one.
I don't recall exactly how long it took me, but I went from never touching an Arduino to working my way completely through the book in somewhere around 2 hours time.
What kind of things, you ask? Robots are a popular choice, but one young man has designed and built a fully functional, five-fingered, articulated prosthetic arm capable of being controlled by the user's toe muscles and eye motions. You know - things.
The illustrations (sketches) are too imprecise to carry meaning for those not familiar with electronics. The author continually refers to the USB interface as a serial port, confusing readers who interpret USB as USB and serial as RS232C.
I think the author missed his audience. But, in the end, he did introduce the Arduino, and "That's okay." But he didn't sell it.
This introduction by one of the Arduino's developers concentrates on the IDE and the programming language, showing the reader how to program, set up, and use the system in projects. It covers the basics pretty well and points you to online sources for more information.
This is a good place to start learning about microcontrollers in general and the Arduino in particular.
The section on "What We Will Be Building", followed by "How Electricity Works" is probably one of the best explanations for beginners that I've seen. The author then steps you through projects using different types of actuators and sensors, and explains them very well.
I felt this book was well worth the money.
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