Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects
Real-World Arduino, Sensor, and Bluetooth Low Energy Apps in techBASIC
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: September 2013
Pages: 334

Why simply play music or go online when you can use your iPhone or iPad for some really fun projects, such as building a metal detector, hacking a radio control truck, or tracking a model rocket in flight? Learn how to build these and other cool things by using iOS device sensors and inexpensive hardware such as Arduino and a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Shield.

This hands-on book shows you how to write simple applications with techBASIC, an Apple-approved development environment that runs on iOS devices. By using code and example programs built into techBASIC, you’ll learn how to write apps directly on your Apple device and have it interact with other hardware.

  • Build a metal detector with the iOS magnetometer
  • Use the HiJack hardware platform to create a plant moisture sensor
  • Put your iPhone on a small rocket to collect acceleration and rotation data
  • Hack a radio control truck with Arduino and Bluetooth LE
  • Create an arcade game with an iPad controller and two iPhone paddles
  • Control a candy machine with an iOS device, a micro servo, and a WiFi connection
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    4.0

    Exciting possibilities

    By Br1wr2el3

    from Fort Worth, TX

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      Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

      I have read through the book. As a result I upgraded to an iPad Mini to have Bluetooth 4 access. I am looking forward to spending hours exploring the ideas presented in this book.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Here is an interesting and funny book

      By charlie

      from Italy

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        Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

        In this book you find a new way to consider iphone and ipad: not only devices to make a phone call or to see videos or play music, but devices to do a lot of new interesting applications. And you also can understand how are working many of the strange features these devices have, like accelerometer, gyroscope or magnetometer.

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        5.0

        Puts Arduino and iOS together!

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          Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

          It is a usefull and clear book. Every one that wants to start with iOS sensors must read!

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          5.0

          Awesome book, helpful from page 1

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          from chicago, il

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            Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

            I am a software person by trade, but was immediately impressed with this book and its ability to break down some complex items and show real world examples on using an iPhone to create interesting projects. I just received the book a couple weeks ago and am half way through it already. Looking forward to the rest of it. Special thanks to the author for writing this book for all of us.

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            5.0

            I like it!

            By Security Lab

            from NYC

            Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

            The excellent guide for anyone who loves iPhone, DIY applications and gadgets

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            1.0

            What Electronic Projects

            By JC

            from Mascouche, QC, Canada

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              Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

              This is a Software manual. There are no electronic projects. Putting an iPhone or a Sensor Tag in a rocket does not constitute an electronic project.

              All the programs listed were already available for free.

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              5.0

              Excellent resource.

              By Rich G

              from Morris Plains, NJ

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                Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

                This book reveals two topics of major interest: First, there is the TechBasic programming environment, which allows users to construct professional-looking mobile apps without investing in specialized systems or knowledge bases. Second, the book introduces Blutooth Low Energy (BLE), an enabling technology for wirelessly connecting your smartphone to just about anything.

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                5.0

                The tip of an iceberg....

                By Tim who likes sidecars!

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                Comments about oreilly Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects:

                Started reading this with a sense of excitement and anticipation that continues to grow as I realise how much is possible with techBasic. The book directs you to a wealth of support material and provides a tantalising view of the possibilities that lie ahead. I've got so engaged I've taken everything with me on holiday so I can get my head around the language - a bit sad but true!

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