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“I certainly had no idea that many years later we’d be talking about a global maker movement,” Dale Dougherty said. “Indeed, what has happened is simultaneously that making and the geeks behind it have broken into the mainstream. Making is now popular.”

The maker movement continues to grow in the size of the community, as well as the various types of interesting projects that are created. A few recent projects include everything from 3-D body scanners to sonic screwdrivers, and a 3-D printer created by Made in Space will blast off to arrive at the International Space Station in 2014.

Arduino is an open source electronics framework developed for easy-to-create robotics, and is highly popular with makers everywhere. We have published a number of high quality posts focused on Arduino. They have been well-received, garnering a lot of attention and comments from our readers. In case you missed them, here is a collection of these posts, with descriptions and links to other relevant material in the Safari Book’s Online catalog.

  • JavaScript Powered Arduino with Johnny-Five This is the first post in our three part series (a series that in the end will allow us to monitor the food cooking in our BBQ with the help of Arduino and Johnny-Five). In this post we will use JavaScript to control off-the-shelf hardware, circuits and other electronics like the Arduino platform through the use of frameworks like Rick Waldron’s Johnny-Five for NodeJS and the “StandardFirmata” software package for Arduino. Read more…
  • Building an Arduino Powered BBQ Thermometer is the second post in this BBQ with Arduino series, and in it we will add a food grade thermometer to monitor the temperature of a steak (or tofu or whatever else) on a grill to the mix, along with an LED that will light up when the food is done! Read more…
  • Arduino: Show me the Temperature! is the final post in our Ardunio BBQ series, where you learn how to monitor the temperature and get other food and related items ready just before your thermometer reaches the desired temperature.Arduino: Show me the Temperature!”> Read more…
  • Time Traveling with Old Laptops and Arduino Compatibles covers shrimping, which is a form of digital upcycling somewhere between skimping, scrimping, and pimping – turning old discarded devices into something you’d want to rescue from a house fire. Follow along in this post to learn about shrimping Arduino boards and old laptops. Read more…
  • Laptop Shrimping: Adding Color is next in the series. So far, we’ve shrimped our 11 year old recovered Compaq Presario 700 laptop with a 64 pixel HL1606 RGB LED display, and attached it to our desktop’s music player as a graphic equalizer. A simple modification, shown in this post, will introduce a random walk in the colors, which we paint to each pixel when it’s on. Read more…
  • Laptop Shrimping Tip: Serial Control is next in our series. We saw how to shrimp an ancient Compaq Presario 700, combining HL1606 LED strips, Arduino and Lubuntu, building and programming an RGB lighting array attached to the back of the laptop’s screen. With that project, our Arduino drove the lighting array with standalone stock rainbow patterns as distributed with the HL1606-LED-Strip-PWM library. Next we’re going to combine it with our own software to create a graphic equalizer, which shows the world just how addicted to bass we are! Read more…
  • Laptop Shrimping: Feeling the Music is the final post in our series on shrimping. In the last installment we shrimped our Compaq Presario 700 laptop up another notch. We started sending simple serial data over the USB connection to the Arduino using Python, driving a simple “bar chart” on the budget HL1606 full color LED array stuck to the back of its screen. Now we need to have that data showing something dynamic and interesting to justify such a hardcore display. In this post we will use Python to create this effect. Read more…

Resources in Safari Books Online

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These books and videos in Safari Books Online will help you enhance your Arduino project:

Getting Started with Arduino and iOS shows how to turn your iPhone or iPad into the hub of a distributed sensor network with the help of an Arduino microcontroller. In this video course, you’ll learn how to connect an external sensor to an iOS device and have them talk to each other through Arduino. You’ll also build an iOS application that will parse the sensor values it receives and plot the resulting measurements, all in real-time.
Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for Arduino projects and helps you get started with them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in the book.
Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition helps you create your own toys, remote controllers, alarms, detectors, robots, and many other projects with the Arduino device.
Beginning Arduino teaches by using an amazing set of 50 cool projects. You’ll progress from a complete beginner regarding Arduino programming and electronics knowledge to intermediate skills and the confidence to create your own amazing Arduino projects.

Tags: Arduino, Dale Dougherty, Johnny-Five, Maker, Makezine, Node.js, shrimping,

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