Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius PDF

Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius PDF

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Filled with practical, do-it-yourself gadgets, Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius shows you how to create Arduino devices and control them with Android smartphones and tablets. Easy-to-find equipment and components are used for all the projects in the book.

This wickedly inventive guide covers the Android Open Application Development Kit (ADK) and USB interface and explains how to use them with the basic Arduino platform. Methods of communication between Android and Arduino that don’t require the ADK–including sound, Bluetooth, and WiFi/Ethernet are also discussed. An Arduino ADK programming tutorial helps you get started right away.

Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Contains step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides tips for customizing the projects
  • Covers the underlying principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor–all required parts are listed
  • Provides all source code on the book’s website

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Bluetooth robot
  • Android Geiger counter
  • Android-controlled light show
  • TV remote
  • Temperature logger
  • Ultrasonic range finder
  • Home automation controller
  • Remote power and lighting control
  • Smart thermostat
  • RFID door lock
  • Signaling flags
  • Delay timer

Review of Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius PDF

Ok – First thing is that this book for the price is well worth it. It is well put together, and has some great projects that will get you started interfacing arduino with android.

Please note that this book focuses almost entirely on the Arduino side of things. It shows wiring it up, sketches, electronics,etc, in great detail.

For the android … it does not teach you any programming. It just shows to download .apk to interface with projects.

So for me, (A complete Android beginner) (Lots experience with Arduino) – this book was a mixed bag. They are great projects, but focus on showing the arduino, not the android side of things.

For instance — the temp reading gauge. Building a temp reading for arduino is trivial… which is what is documented in the book. The slick output to read on the phone is downloadable .apk, with no discussion of gui building,etc.

This is a great arduino book, but don’t expect it to teach many specifics about android.

Review of Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius PDF

Having given Simon Monk a GUSHING review on his basic book on programming Arduino, I had high hopes for this book. I expected lots of gee whiz projects along with the clear explanations that he presented in his other book. Maybe I was expecting too much, but it just seems like this book didn’t live up his other book.

This book basically teaches how to build these EXACT projects but doesn’t really explain how to expand beyond it. All the Android code is downloaded with no explanation for it, and some of the projects just look like they’re overkill…do I really need to use an Arduino tethered to my phone to act as a remote control? I know that projects don’t have to be practical to be fun, but the reality is that you can build an Arduino remote control connected to a number pad.

The home automation section is somewhat interesting, but does require the user to have some basic knowledge of AC circuits and electrical safety. One wonders why he doesn’t advocate using the internet shield with the Arduino, design a web page to be hosted on the Arduino, and then use the Android device to access the IP address of the Arduino and change things accordingly. No Android programming required.

I may tackle one or two projects in this book, but I doubt that I’m going to do a lot with it…sorry if I have spoiled anyone’s fun.

The motivation of the author is everything. This genre of book should be motivated by a desire to teach and demonstrate skills. The author is definitely not a teacher, and doesn’t write with a strong electrical engineering background either (perhaps he’s trying to appeal to the layman too much). This author does have a wonderful creative side, and this book is motivated by his desire to brag about his own projects (use a blog for that, dude!).

He does not attempt to explain anything, but just expects the reader to blindly follow his instructions without any deeper understanding. If you want to learn anything meaningful about arduino & android, you need to download and analyse his source code from his website (couldn’t find it), which is more likely to be a headache than a help anyway (I didn’t notice many comments in the code snippets in the book, which made the idea of downloading his code nauseating). If you are prefer to blindly follow the directions without understanding why, then this book is great, assuming you have no desire to improvise.

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Biography

Simon is a full-time author.

His books are on topics related to Open Hardware and Electronics.

You can find out more about him here: http://www.simonmonk.org

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