The Intel Edison is a crowning achievement of Intel's adaptation of its technology into maker-friendly products. They've packed the dual-core power of the Atom CPU, combined it with a sideboard microcontroller brain, and added in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, and a generous amount of RAM (1GB) and flash storage (4GB). This book, written by Stephanie Moyerman, a research scientist with Intel's Smart Device Innovation Team, teaches you everything you need to know to get started making things with Edison, the compact and powerful Internet of Things platform.
Projects and tutorials include:
Controlling devices over Bluetooth
Using Python and Arduino programming environments on Edison
Tracking objects with a webcam and OpenCV
Responding to voice commands and talking back
Using and configuring Linux on Edison
Chapter 1Introduction to Edison
Tour of Breakout Boards
Setup and Configuration
Chapter 2Introduction to Linux
What Is Linux?
The Edison Filesystem
Basic Linux Commands
Scripting and More Advanced Linux Commands
Installing Packages in Yocto
Chapter 3Introduction to Arduino
What is Arduino
The Arduino IDE
Sketches and Functions
Digital Output with Blink
Digital Input: Adding a Button
Linux, C++, and the Arduino IDE
Chapter 4Programming in Python
“Hello, World” in Python
Functions and Loops
Blink in Python
Chapter 5Teach Edison to See
Chapter 6Exploring Sound
Connecting a Headset
Playing and Recording Sounds
Makeshift MP3 Player
Recording Audio with Python
The Intel XDK IoT Edition
Getting Started with Intel Edison
Maker Media, Inc
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Stephanie Moyerman is a research scientist in the New Devices Group at Intel Corp. Her work focuses on innovation and proof of concept demonstrations for wearable technology. She graduated with a PhD in astrophysics from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Before that, she attended Harvey Mudd College and received dual B.S. degrees in math and physics.
Outside of work Stephanie's favorite activity is judo. She's been a junior and collegiate national champion and has been ranked as high as #5 in the United States. She also enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, running, glass blowing, spoiling her dog, and - of course - making.
Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Intel Edison:
At the Intel website I stumbled upon the topic of the "Internet of Things" and eventually the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino". The inexpensive kit is something that can be hooked up to a Linux/OSx/Windows PC via USB and programmed to work with optional sensors connected to it. That seemed like a fun thing to explore.
Before buying the hardware I looked for some books. This review covers the three books that I bought because they cover this one theme.
I recommend "Getting Started with Intel Edison" by Stephanie Moyerman. It gave me a good introduction to this topic. I purchased both the print version and the PDF because I like both media. After reading the book I have decided to use her list of parts and follow her exercises versus buying a separate kit of parts.
I also recommend "Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, 2nd Edition" by Maik Schmidt. I purchased it because the Intel Edison plugs into an Arduino compatible board and I wanted some insight into the Arduino boards. He also has exercise that are not all the same as the "Getting Started.." book.
Something drew my attention to Lego and motors. If I got really adventurous I could experiment with the "Intel Edison Kit for Arduino" controlling some sort of Lego project and its motors.
I do not recommend "The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1" by Yoshihito Isogawa. The description of the book sounded like it would be the next logical step. The previous two books have lots of good text and the appropriate number of pictures for illustrations, this book only has text on page 1 where it says "Where Are the Words?". The remaining 300+ pages are all pictures of Lego parts with no part numbers. This book may get donated to the library.