The Arduino Inventor's Guide

by Derek Runberg & Brian Huang

May 2017, 360 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-652-2
Full Color
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  • Download Project 2: A Stoplight for Your House

    With Arduino, you can build any hardware project you can imagine. This open-source platform is designed to help total beginners explore electronics, and with its easy-to-learn programming language, you can collect data about the world around you to make something truly interactive.

    The Arduino Inventor's Guide opens with an electronics primer filled with essential background knowledge for your DIY journey. From there, you’ll learn your way around the Arduino through a classic hardware entry point—blinking LEDs. Over the course of the book, 13 hands-on projects will teach you how to:

    • Build a stop light with LEDs
    • Use LEDs to display sound readings
    • Design and build a desktop fan
    • Create a robot that draws with a motor and pens
    • Create a servo-controlled balance beam
    • Interface with Processing to make a digital Etch-a-Sketch
    • Report weather sensor data to data.sparkfun.com

    Each project focuses on a new set of skills, including breadboarding circuits; reading digital and analog inputs; reading magnetic, temperature, and other sensors; controlling servos and motors; and talking to your computer and the Web with an Arduino. At the end of every project, you’ll also find tips on how to use it and how to mod it with additional hardware or code.

    What are you waiting for? Start making, and learn the skills you need to own your technology!

    Uses the Arduino Uno board or SparkFun RedBoard


  • About the Author

    Derek Runberg works in the Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics, where he runs workshops about technology in classrooms and at conferences. Before joining SparkFun, Runberg was a middle school technology teacher who taught kids and educators about circuits, Arduino, and Processing. Runberg is the author of The SparkFun Guide to Processing.

    Brian Huang is the Education Engineer for SparkFun Electronics. Before SparkFun, Huang spent eight years as an electrical engineer, followed by a second career as a high school physics and robotics teacher. Now, Huang combines his knowledge of teaching and engineering to create professional development materials that help educators integrate electronics into the classroom. 

    SparkFun Electronics  is an online retail store that sells electronic parts for DIY projects. SparkFun is dedicated to making the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to selling products, SparkFun also offers classes and online tutorials through its Department of Education.


    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Project 0: Electronics Primer
    Project 1: Getting Started with Arduino
    Project 2: A Stoplight for Your House (AVAILABLE NOW)
    Project 3: The Nine-Pixel Animation Machine (AVAILABLE NOW)
    Project 4: Reaction Timer (AVAILABLE NOW)
    Project 5: A Color-Mixing Night-Light (AVAILABLE NOW)
    Project 6: A Balance Beam
    Project 7: A Tiny Desktop Greenhouse
    Project 8: DrawBot, the Robotic Artist
    Project 9: A Drag Race Timer
    Project 10: The Fun-O-Meter
    Project 11: An Arduino Piano

    Appendix: Soldering Primer

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