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Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your world Paperback – Sep 29 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (Sept. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449392431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392437
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects

About the Author

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. He has a background in theatre, and his work centers on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. He is a co-author of the book Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. He has consulted for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and others.

From the Publisher

Make: AVR Programming Maker Media Getting Started with Arduino Kit
Make: Getting Started with Arduino 3rd edition Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets Making Things Talk, Second Edition Make: AVR Programming Maker Media Getting Started with Arduino Kit
Tutorials 8 8 16 25+ NA
Intro projects 2 2 5 8 NA
Robotic projects 2 1 NA
Wi-Fi/Ethernet projects 8 NA
Bluetooth projects 1 4 NA
Sensors used Switch, photoresistor, temperature, humidity Switch, ultrasonic distance Switch, flex resistor, force-sensing resistor, photoresistor, accelerometer, phototransistor, gas sensor, voltage monitor, infrared distance sensor, ultrasonic distance, GPS, digital compass, webcam, RFID, temperature Switch, capacitive, photoresistor, piezo, temperature Switch, photoresistor
Programming languages used Arduino, Processing Arduino, Processing, Java, Python Arduino, Processing, PHP C, Python Arduino
Other highlights Designed for beginners Teaches how to reuse and repurpose materials for building robots X10, MIDI, XBee, web programming Lasers, audio/music output, radio transmission, interrupts, servo motors, stepper motors, EEPROM storage Designed for beginners

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Updated Project Book For Networked Smart Objects Oct. 6 2011
By Ira Laefsky - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent Second Edition of "Making Things Talk" by Professor Tom Igoe is an outgrowth of a course he teaches on "Networked Objects" for Physical Computing and Multimedia Work. The original edition included exciting projects involving an Interactive Stuffed Monkey with resistive sensors, web interaction and infrared and radio based interfaces to microcontrollers.

This edition has been thoroughly updated to include (for example) remote sensing of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), extensive interconnection with WIFI; Web Services Software and Data Acquisition and use of Android phone-based Processing language data display. It has also been revised and augmented to reflect many new form factors of the Arduino Microconttroller and several Open Source Hardware projects. Extensive (illustrated indexes of tools and devices, as well as contacts with suppliers and manufacturers addresses, phone contacts and web sites. There is also an extensive chapter/appendix on the telecommunication protocols which make possible Web Services and communication with Networked Objects.

The project-oriented approach of this book, as well as the extensive illustrations and commented software listing make it an excellent addition to other works about the Arduino Microcontroller family.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA HCI Researcher formerly on the Senior IT Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Aug. 18 2012
By Fabio Ghirardello - Published on Amazon.com
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Like many of the Make books, this one too is source for learning and inspiring hand-on projects. The examples might or might not be of any use to you but they certainly teach you how to network together laptops, internet and arduino. True, there are many examples and tutorials for free on online forums and blogs, but it is scattered around too much while this book collects all you need to know in one volume, with a clear formatting and nice and explanatory pictures, plus tons of other useful information.

I must agree with another reviewer that I don't favor the choice of Processing for the laptop applications: instead, I had liked to see Python too, and I had liked the author to show how to build a LAMP server on our own computer.

Bottom line: this book is superb and I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grate ,Grate ,Grate book. Some interesting ideas in it. Aug. 10 2016
By Niki - Published on Amazon.com
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Grate book . I would recommend it to everybody.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful examples March 23 2013
By Bloomington Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of details, and good examples. Includes a basic description of how networks are configured. Also describes the basics of wireless. Great to have a book about the whys and not just the hows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars man what a great book !!! March 26 2014
By John Dodd - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been working on computers and the net since way back when (tempted to make a joke here about AL GORE) ... my back ground includes web design, software programming, 3d animation and a small amount of hardware design. If you get the idea I am an old dude, you would be right as I am pushing 70 very hard.
From the moment I opened this book I started learning stuff, new stuff, great ideas.
In my dotage, I have become interested in robots and 3d printers (insert star trek reference here) and this book lays out information in easy to understand bits. It does help if you have had some programing experience but is not necessary as the writer explains bit by bit, in step by step process how the languages you use to program microcomputers work and how to get things talking to each other both hardware and software. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to break into microcomputers or build the internet of things. Its a very well written and well done book.