Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 22, 2013 - Computers - 384 pages

Learn to easily build gadgets, gizmos, robots, and more using Arduino

Written by Arduino expert Jeremy Blum, this unique book uses the popular Arduino microcontroller platform as an instrument to teach you about topics in electrical engineering, programming, and human-computer interaction. Whether you're a budding hobbyist or an engineer, you'll benefit from the perfectly paced lessons that walk you through useful, artistic, and educational exercises that gradually get more advanced. In addition to specific projects, the book shares best practices in programming and design that you can apply to your own projects. Code snippets and schematics will serve as a useful reference for future projects even after you've mastered all the topics in the book.

  • Includes a number of projects that utilize different capabilities of the Arduino, while interfacing with external hardware
  • Features chapters that build upon each other, tying in concepts from previous chapters to illustrate new ones
  • Includes aspects that are accompanied by video tutorials and other multimedia content 
  • Covers electrical engineering and programming concepts, interfacing with the world through analog and digital sensors, communicating with a computer and other devices, and internet connectivity
  • Explains how to combine smaller topics into more complex projects
  • Shares downloadable materials and source code for everything covered in the book
  • Projects compatible with many official Arduino boards including Arduino Uno; Arduino Leonardo; Arduino Mega 2560; Arduino Due; Arduino Nano; Arduino Mega ADK; LilyPad Arduino and may work with Arduino-compatible boards such as Freeduino and new third party certified boards such as the Intel Galileo

Exploring Arduino takes you on an adventure and provides you with exclusive access to materials not found anywhere else!

 

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Contents

Arduino Engineering Basics
1
Digital Inputs Outputs and PulseWidth Modulation
19
Reading Analog Sensors
41
Controlling Your Environment
61
Making Sounds
91
USB and Serial Communication
107
Shift Registers
145
Communication Interfaces
161
Interfacing with Liquid Crystal Displays
199
Wireless Communication with XBee Radios
221
Advanced Topics and Projects
255
Data Logging with SD Cards
277
Using the RealTime Clock
300
Connecting Your Arduino to the Internet
313
Appendix Deciphering the ATMega Datasheet and Arduino Schematics
341
Index
349

The SPI Bus
181

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About the author (2013)

Jeremy Blum is known for his series of educational YouTube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. He has built a range of microcontroller-based systems including solar trackers, prosthetic arms, truss-traversing robots, musical theremins, computer vision-based and glove-based gesture controllers, and more.

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