Make Arduino Robots and Gadgets - Six Embedded Projects with Open Source Hardware and Software


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Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets

Cover of the Robot Book Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, control devices with a computer, or make your own cell phone applications? It’s a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Embedded systems are everywhere -- inside cars, children’s toys, robots, and mobile phones. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners.

This book gets you started with six fun projects you can build for under $100 each: a stalker guard, robot insect, interactive painting, wireless smart home controller, boxing timer, and a cell phone controlled soccer robot. You’ll get impressive results quickly and gain the know-how and experience you need to invent your own gadgets.

• Discover Arduino, the popular single board microcontroller
• Get a great introduction to robots and electronic projects
• Learn how to turn ideas into working physical prototypes
• Use Android phones as remote controls in your projects
• Get everyone involved with projects that even beginners can build

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About the authors

Tero Karvinen teaches Linux and embedded systems in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, where his work has also included curriculum development and research in wireless networking. He previously worked as a CEO of a small advertisement agency. Tero's education includes a Masters of Science in Economics.

Kimmo Karvinen works as a CEO in leading company specialized in AV automation in Finland. Before that he has worked as CTO in hardware manufacturer that specializes in smart building technology, marketing communications project leader and as a creative director and partner in advertisement agency. Kimmo's education includes a Masters of Art.

Reader reviews

(Reviews from

"Must-Have Idea Book for Physical Computing, Mechatronics, Arts & Crafts Fabrication"
Ira Laefsky (Philadelphia, PA)

"Exceptionally clear instructions and excellent supporting photography make it a joy to use."
John Brady (USA)

"This one will help you get started building useful robotic devices with Arduino microcontrollers, sensors, and shields. Worth every dime!"
James B Sloan

"I've been an embedded programmer for most of my career, and this is the first time I could afford to play with an embedded system at home. So, with Ardunio you can buy a $50 embedded system, get the software free, and use this book to see how to take advantage of them to do some really neat things."
Lawrence Maturo "Larry" (Austin, Texas United States)

"Great read with lots of cool projects. Just the thing to keep that 12 yr old occupied for the summer! A must have."

Where to buy?

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