Geek Book Review: Arduino Workshop

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Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects book | No Starch Press

No Starch Press sent me their latest book for review on my geek dad blog. It’s called Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects. Arduino is an easy-to-use, but powerful prototyping board. The book explains how to use the Arduino system to create fun applications like LED displays, responsive robots and Twitter-enabled appliances. Arduino Workshop was written by John Boxall. The book is available now with a list price of $29.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $20.24.

As you can tell by the title, the book features 65 projects based on the Arduino platform. I have not used the Arduino prototyping board, but the book makes me want to purchase the device so I can build my own fun gadgets.

The first project is introduced in chapter three. It’s a system for creating a blinking LED wave (like the car in the old Knight Rider TV series). The author doesn’t dive into the project right away. Instead, he first explains basic concepts. Then he introduces the components for the project: resistor, light-emitting diode (LED), transistor, rectifier diode, and relay. Next, the author explains what a breadboard is. Finally, he presents the instructions for the project.

The first project sounds relatively easy. Even a beginner should be able to complete the first project successfully. However, the projects build on the basics as you progress through the book. By the end of the book, readers will be making complex projects like a motorized remote-control tank. Neat, right?

I skimmed through the projects in the Arduino Workshop book. Below are some of projects presented in the book:

  • Single-cell battery tester
  • Digital thermometer
  • Stopwatch
  • Keypad-controlled lock
  • Three-zone touch switch
  • Tank robot
  • GPS receiver
  • Wireless remote control
  • Remote control thermometer
  • Remote control tank
  • Arduino tweeter
  • Arduino dialer
  • Arduino texter

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