- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (June 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449368107
- ISBN-13: 978-1449368104
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Tero Karvinen teaches Linux and embedded systems in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, where his work has also included curriculum development and research in wireless networking. He previously worked as a CEO of a small advertisement agency. Tero's education includes a Masters of Science in Economics.
Kimmo Karvinen works as a CEO in a leading company specialized in AV automation in Finland. Before that, he worked as CTO for a hardware manufacturer that specializes in smart building technology, as a marketing communications project leader, and as a creative director and partner in advertisement agency. Kimmo's education includes a Masters of Art and he's currently working toward his D.Sc. at Helsinki University of Technology.
Ville Valtokari works as the head programmer for automation hardware manufacturer. Before that he designed and programmed cutting edge AV systems. Countless personal projects include game design and programming, building robots, and discovering how things work.
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Top Customer Reviews
The more I use the book to evaluate the exercises, the more I am impressed by the attention to detail by the authors. Of course, there will always be opportunities to explain things in more detail for diverse audiences but I have to confess that most of the discrepancies I am capturing below may be due to "operator error!" :)
I will append editorial oversights below as I dutifully step through each chapter [be warned: this is not my day job :)]
Figure 1-7 does not match Table 1-1
Example 3-5 assumes that the on-board LED (pin #13) is used in Figure 3-10
Example 3-4 invokes "botbook_gpio.py" which failed compilation in my IDLE 3 environment (I corrected the print statements) at line 25, column 20 for the "wa" dual attribute. Apparently one attribute is allowed in my configuration. Not knowing enough about the low level details, I changed the setting to a single attribute but ran into "timeout" problems with the pulseInHigh(echoPin) method. Perhaps an example of the "operator error" I alluded to earlier.
This book covers a great deal of 'pre-made' or 'plug-n-play' sensors and or sensor boards out there, assumes zero electronics knowledge from the reader, and very basic programming skills, electronic theory is almost non-existen, yet it mentions the most relevant stuff. This book is a great resource to familiarize yourself with the new gadgets out there, which again, wont be covered in most schools with a more traditional and professional oriented approach. Im surprised at how easy it is to do things with these boards, everything is already pre-made for you in a library, I actually feel a bit bad about it, like a trained monkey just using the pre-made libraries since I was always taught to bit bang most of the stuff, then again that gave me a better understanding of the inner workings which this book lacks.
That being said, I believe this is not only an excelent and fun book about sensors, but also it is a great resource to learn how to program on the Arduino or Raspberry Pi, it is particularly easy if you already know C or Python. It will definitely help aspiring amateurs make interesting projects, and will also help EE's to discover newer gadgets or perhaps get an idea on how to solve a certain problem by looking at the different posibilities out there. I will tell you that this book is inspiring, as soon as you start reading it, ideas for projects (that may not even include the Arduino or Raspberry Pi) start popping out of your head.
So bottomline: Eventhough I generally disapprove over simplistic books, this one completely serves its purpose, specially considering it is taylored towards the maker market, yet it will also help the more advanced users. It is a very fun book, and easy to read. Highly recommended!
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