Hacking Electronics: Learning Electronics with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Second Edition

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Up-to-date hacks that will breathe life into your Arduino and Raspberry Pi creations!

This intuitive DIY guide shows how to wire, disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose household devices and integrate them with your Raspberry Pi and Arduino inventions. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Hacking Electronics: Learning Electronics with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Second Edition, features fun, easy-to-follow projects. You’ll discover how to build an Internet-controlled hacked electric toy, ultrasonic rangefinder, remote-controlled robotic rover, audio amp, slot car brakes and headlights―even a smart card reader!

  • • Get up and running on both Arduino and Raspberry Pi
    • Safely solder, join wires, and connect switches
    • Identify components and read schematic diagrams
    • Work with LEDs, including high-power Lumileds and addressable LED strips
    • Use LiPo batteries, solar panels, and buck-boost power supplies
    • Use sensors to measure light, temperature, acceleration, sound level, and color
    • Build and modify audio amps, microphones, and transmitters
    • Repair gadgets and scavenge useful parts from dead equipment
    • Get the most out of cheap or free bench and software tools

Users Comments:

  • I got the book for Kindle in order to be able to see the size font I wanted, and to start a library that was easy to store. BUT what use is a book you can not read? The type is fine. The font I can change in that. But much of the book references pictures or charts or appendixes that appear to have been small photos, that will not increase in size and can NOT be seen. The writing on and in and under these items is too small to see. Enlarging the entire screen on a computer screen doesn’t help. Those areas remain tiny AND blurry!
  • Projects and general information are bringing newer micro computers together with “found” objects in my project boxes and discard pile. Finally a book that makes the creative juices flow, even for a old tinker’er (65 years of tinkering). I guess have not seen it all. Pictures are great and writing style works for all experience levels without scaring off the novice or old hacker. One of the best I’ve seen.
  • I have the previous version of this book, and this second edition is a worthy upgrade to it. Though the book promises to “hack” household electronics, it actually is a good beginners guide for learning Arduino, raspberry Pi and just learning some general electric “hacking.” By hacking, the author real means re-purposing them to do new or different things. The book starts with acquiring a basic tool kit and components you need to mess around, gives a basic lesson on soldering, circuits and some basic lessons with the Pi and Arduino. The “household electronics” you hack, which are mostly toys, take you through some of these lessons. So, unlike some guides, it’s not so much a bunch of hack electronics projects you’ll actually want to build (like MAKE), but a series of projects that will teach you the foundations you need to know to hack electronics.
    The first edition of this book was instrumental to teaching me Arduino (I haven’t played with Raspberry Pi much. The first book was Arduino oriented). The author is conversational, he teaches some of the basic physics without being too advanced and he’s fun to read.
  • This is a hands-on guide that doesn’t assume too much knowledge on the part of the reader. If you know Dr. Simon Monk, his background in electronics as a celebrity hobbyist. He’s been in industry, served time as an academic and he currently runs an active blog on the subject.
    Whenever the book is guiding on doing a set of tasks, it presents photos and diagrams. It does more than that. The author gives tips on little things such as how to handle parts and even screws, and he tells the reader how to use tools. This grabs me because I’ve got some expensive electronics tools that I’ve never used for lack of knowledge and self-confidence. It’s usually easier for adults to have tools than to know how to use them.
    If there’s one single thing I think the author does well, it’s to transmit a sense of self-confidence. Every topic from batteries to raspberry to logging multimeter readings on a Mac is driven forward through actions, the doing of them one by one. The book gives one a footing in terms of taking things apart and building interesting things out of a set of parts. I believe this is all a prerequisite skillset and mindset to designing and building robots.
  • Teaches Basic Modern Electronics Arduino & Raspberry Pi Full Color Illustrations No Required Background Easy To Start Guide.
    Dr. Simon Monk who after achieving real credentials in academic engineering and software has emerged as a consummate friend of Makers in Modern Electronics and Microcomputer Applications. This his latest of many guides to software, hardware and general (modern) electronics hacking
    takes an interesting and perhaps unique approach to bringing the electronics and microcomputer beginner up to speed. The book combines a basic introduction to electronics and electronic assembly, including the use of components, soldering and breadboarding along with two of the most popular yet different hobbyist electronics boards. The Arduino is a stand alone microcomputing service board programmed by a PC in a simplified set of C and C++ languages and with just a easy driver program (no operating system) and intended for ease of use in driving and measuring analog and digital i/o circuits. The Raspberry Pi is a true computer on a single board that is generally used in the Linux Operating System and can serve as a fuller introduction to programming, in Python as well as other programming languages and which allows the manipulation of I/O and external devices with a wide flexibility but with the addition of some outboard circuitry and some additional complication.
    By providing full-color illustrations, code listings clear description, parts lists and sourcing Simon Monk provides a true introduction to modern electronics and microcomputer hacking which can be followed up by more specialized books (or better collaboration and instruction at a Hackerspace).

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