Download Beginning Arduino By Michael McRoberts

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I first discovered the Arduino in 2008 when I was looking for ways to connect temperature sensors to my PC so I could make a Cloud Detector. I wanted to try out a cloud detection concept I’d read about on a weather forum, and as it was experimental, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it in case it failed. There were many solutions on the market, but the Arduino appealed to me the most. Not only did it seem to be an easy and cheap way to connect the sensors I required but it could be used for other cool things. Thousands of projects in blogs, video sites, and forums showed the cool things people were doing with their Arduinos.

There seemed to be a huge sense of community with everyone trying to help each other. It was obvious that I could have a lot of fun with an Arduino. However, I didn’t want to be trawling through websites for information. I wanted to buy a book on the subject, something I could hold in my hand and read on the train into work. After looking around, I found one book. Unfortunately, it was very basic and out of date. Worse, it didn’t give me anything practical to do with the Arduino, and I didn’t warm to the teaching style either. What I wanted was a hands-on book that taught me both programming and electronics as I built things instead of having to wade through pages of theory first. Such a book just didn’t exist at the time. Then I started Earthshine Electronics to sell kits based on the Arduino. To go with the kit, I produced a small tutorial booklet to get people started. This little booklet ended up being very popular, and I got hundreds of queries from people asking when I would be adding more projects or if I sold a printed version. In fact, I had already thought that it would be great to produce a comprehensive beginner’s book, crammed with projects and written in the kind of easy-to-follow style. That is how this book came about.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Light ’Em Up
Chapter 3: LED Effects
Chapter 4: Simple Sounders and Sensors
Chapter 5: Driving a DC Motor
Chapter 6: Binary Counters
Chapter 7: LED Displays
Chapter 8: Liquid Crystal Displays
Chapter 9: Servos
Chapter 10: Steppers and Robots
Chapter 11: Pressure Sensors
Chapter 12: Touch Screens
Chapter 13: Temperature Sensors
Chapter 14: Ultrasonic Rangefinders
Chapter 15: Reading and Writing to an SD Card
Chapter 16: Making an RFID Reader
Chapter 17: Communicating over Etherne