Beginning Arduino

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Apress, Dec 23, 2010 - Computers - 472 pages
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In Beginning Arduino, you will learn all about the popular Arduino microcontroller by working your way through an amazing set of 50 cool projects. You'll progress from a complete beginner regarding Arduino programming and electronics knowledge to intermediate skills and the confidence to create your own amazing Arduino projects. Absolutely no experience in programming or electronics required!

Rather than requiring you to wade through pages of theory before you start making things, this book has a hands-on approach. You will dive into making projects right from the start, learning how to use various electronic components and how to program the Arduino to control or communicate with those components.

Each project is designed to build upon the knowledge learned in earlier projects and to further your knowledge in programming as well as skills with electronics. By the end of the book you will be able create your own projects confidently and with creativity.

Please note: the print version of this title is black & white; the eBook is full color.

What you’ll learn Controlling LEDs Displaying text and graphics on LCD displays Making a line-following robot Using touch screens Using digital pressure sensors Reading and writing data to SD cards Connecting your Arduino to the Internet 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.

Table of Contents 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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Light Em Up
21
LED Effects
51
Simple Sounders and Sensors
81
Driving a DC Motor
99
Binary Counters
111
LED Displays
129
Liquid Crystal Displays
171
Pressure Sensors
231
Touch Screens
259
Temperature Sensors
279
Ultrasonic Rangefinders
293
Reading and Writing to an SD Card
317
Making an RFID Reader
343
Communicating over Ethernet
359
Index
417

Servos
191
Steppers and Robots
207

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About the author (2010)

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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