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Beginning Arduino

Arduino is an extremely popular open source platform for hobby electronics, robotics, and even electronic art and music projects. Beginning Arduino provides gentle introduction to the world of electronics using the Arduino. You'll learn basic electronics and programming as you move from very simple projects like controlling traffic lights to more complex projects like creating an RFID reader. Michael McRoberts of Earthshine Electronics will show you how to build these projects using fritzing-a way to see exactly what to plug in and where-but you'll also learn the basics of reading electronics schematics, too. You'll see what parts you need for each project as well as the best places to find them. All of the projects can serve as the basis for more complex projects as you build experience with your Arduino. This book assumes no previous electronics or programming experience. If you've ever wanted to get started with electronics or with the Arduino, this book is for you. What you'll learn * Basic electronics concepts * How to program using the Arduino language and IDE * How to use the Arduino to read input from simple devices such as buttons up to more complex devices such as accelerometers * How to output data from the Arduino to send serial communications * How to control LED and LCD displays as well as motors and servos Who this book is for Electronics enthusiasts who are new to the Arduino as well as artists and hobbyists who want to learn this very popular platform for physical computing and electronic art.
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Introduction Light 'Em Up LED Effects Simple Sounders and Sensors Driving a DC Motor Binary Counters LED Displays Liquid Crystal Displays Servos Steppers and Robots Pressure Sensors Touch Screens Temperature Sensors Ultrasonic Rangefinders Reading and Writing to an SD Card Making an RFID Reader Communicating over Ethernet

About the Author

Mike McRoberts discovered the Arduino in 2008 while looking for ways to connect a temperature sensor to a PC to make a cloud detector for his other hobby astrophotography. After a bit of research, the Arduino seemed like the obvious choice, and the cloud detector was successfully made, quickly and cheaply. Mike s fascination with the Arduino had begun. Since then he has gone on to make countless projects using the Arduino. He had also founded an Arduino starter kit and component online business called Earthshine Electronics. His next project is to use an Arduino-based circuit to send a high altitude balloon up to the edge of space to take stills and video for the heck of it, with the help of the guys from the U.K. High Altitude Society and CUSF. Mike s hobby of electronics began as a child when the 100-in-1 electronics kits from Radio Shack made up his Christmas present list. He started programming as a hobby when he obtained a Sinclair ZX81 computer as a teenager. Since then, he s never been without a computer. Recently, he s become a Mac convert. He is a member of London Hackspace and the Orpington Astronomical Society and can regularly be found contributing to the Arduino Forum. He also likes to lurk on IRC in the Arduino, high altitude and london-hack-space channels (as earthshine ), and on Twitter @TheArduinoGuy. When he is not messing around with Arduinos or running Earthshine Electronics, he likes to indulge in astronomy, astrophotography, motorcycling, and sailing.

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