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30 Ways to Have Some Computer-Controlled Evil Fun!

"The steps are easy to follow...text is precise and understandable...uses very clear pictures and schematics to show what needs doing...Most importantly these projects are fun!"—Boing Boing

This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build a variety of projects with the Arduino microcontroller development system. Covering Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius gets you up to speed with the simplified C programming you need to know—no prior programming experience necessary.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book explains how to attach an Arduino board to your computer, program it, and connect electronics to it to create fiendishly fun projects. The only limit is your imagination!

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides full schematic and construction details for every project
  • Covers the scientific principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor—all required parts are listed along with sources

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Morse code translator
  • High-powered strobe light
  • Seasonal affective disorder light
  • LED dice
  • Keypad security code
  • Pulse rate monitor
  • USB temperature logger
  • Oscilloscope
  • Light harp
  • LCD thermostat
  • Computer-controlled fan
  • Hypnotizer
  • Servo-controlled laser
  • Lie detector
  • Magnetic door lock
  • Infrared remote

Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

In December 2011, Arduino 1.0 was released. This changed a few things that have caused the sketches for Projects 10, 27, and 28 in this book to break. To fix this, you will need to get the latest versions of the Keypad and IRRemote libraries.

  • The Keypad library has been updated for Arduino 1.0 by its original creators and can be downloaded from here: http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Code/Keypad
  • Ken Shiriff's IRRemote library has been updated and can be downloaded from here: http://www.arduinoevilgenius.com/new-downloads

Make Great Stuff!

TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071741330
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Evil Genius Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Monk, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the mobile software company Momote Ltd. He has been an active electronics hobbyist since his early teens and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. Simon was the co-author of the textbook Databases in Theory and Practice.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    The cover is a bit misleading but the content is awesome

    You really have to enjoy the flexibility of the Arduino board in order to see that this book is barely a nudge in the right direction. I have not programmed many IC boards but have used PLCs and many times I slammed my head against the desk when dealing with what should have been open-source code (only it was not exactly so). I see how this book gave me a taste in the new-found world of technophytes. The introduction is just enough and so are the hands-on projects + examples.

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