Make: Sensors
A Hands-On Primer for Monitoring the Real World with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 400

Make: Sensors is the definitive introduction and guide to the sometimes-tricky world of using sensors to monitor the physical world. With dozens of projects and experiments for you to build, this book shows you how to build sensor projects with both Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Use Arduino when you need a low-power, low-complexity brain for your sensor, and choose Raspberry Pi when you need to perform additional processing using the Linux operating system running on that device.You'll learn about touch sensors, light sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetic sensors, as well as temperature, humidity, and gas sensors.

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    3.0

    Parts ist

    By fred

    from Ann Arbor, MI

    About Me Developer

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      • Not comprehensive enough

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      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly Make: Sensors:

      So far, I'm not impressed with the info that is supplied for obtaining the parts needed to do the projects... For example, I loved the possibility of doing the electronic paper (e-paper) project --but locating a supply house for the device has not been easy... The authors should have indicated the place to purchase the specific product they used... Perhaps they can supply this information in the form of an errata...

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      5.0

      Excellent introduction, but be wary of s

      By Pete

      from York, UK

      About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

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      Pros

      • Complete
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Some Errors But Not Many

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      Comments about oreilly Make: Sensors:

      This is an excellent introduction to using sensors with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms, as well as to programming both of the devices. Generally, the sensors are used with both platforms and, where sensible, with both platforms working together. This has enabled me to build a system for monitoring and logging the temperature and humidity of my workshop and wood store. All I need now is to put together the web based front end, and it will really improve my working conditions, and let me know when I need to heat the shop (for the sake of the wood, not just my comfort).

      The only minor criticism is that some of the code doesn't work as well as I needed it to. This was particularly the code for reading from devices like the DHT22 humidity monitor. This is a weird single line digital protocol, where timing is absolutely essential to ensure that the data doesn't get corrupted as you read it. Unfortunately, the authors used a very basic timing loop, which is amongst other things, dependent on the speed of the processor, so will work on some Arduino cards, but not others. The solution was simple, just install the DHT library from the Arduino site, which at least checks the processor speed and adjusts the timing looks as appropriate. Having said all of that, this is a minor blemish in an otherwise excellent book, and doesn't even warrant it losing a star.

      If you are needing to use sensors for data measurement and logging, this is definitely a book I would recommend, and it's probably worth the money just to see the range of options that you have. I will be thinking now about adding PIR movement detection and sound level monitoring to my system now...

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      5.0

      Very good and interesting book

      By SamFur

      from Rome, Italy

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        Comments about oreilly Make: Sensors:

        This book is very interesting for even for beginners and experts. I found this book very useful for discover the power and the hidden potentiality of Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

        I suggest this book to everyone!

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        4.0

        Good Stuff

        By MOe

        from Logan, UT

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        • Good Useful Examples And

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          Comments about oreilly Make: Sensors:

          I am a Noob, but this book was easy to read and understand. The steps are clear and explanations are given as well as author insight. A Noob like me or even a veteran coder could find good information in this book. It does involve writting code, and although you don't have to step outside the confines of the books code, it teaches you enough that you can. The projects are good and useful and cover most sensors out there. It would be nice if the book flowed a little better, the projects don't really build on each other a lot and each chapter seems fairly disconnected from the last. But then again, some sensors just don't mix well. It would also be great if the book listed all the sensors needed for all the projects somewhere in a single and all inclusive list rather than just in the individual projects. I guess you could figure it out from the index or chapter listings, but a list of sensors would be nice.

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