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Description: Create your own Arduino-based designs, gain in-depth knowledge of the architecture of Arduino, and learn the user-friendly Arduino language all in the context of practical projects that you can build yourself at home. Get hands-on experience using a variety of projects and recipes for everything from home automation to test equipment.

Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware demonstrates a variety of Arduino techniques in a practical context, giving you an opportunity to learn how the theory and reference material applies to real-world projects.

This book provides more than just a simple series of steps to follow - it tells you why the circuit was designed that way in the first place. You won’t just be a color-by-numbers painter; you’ll learn to be a true hardware craftsman and artist, able to conceptualize, design, and assemble your own creations. Take these projects as inspiration and examples of applying a variety of handy techniques, and then adapt them to suit your own requirements.

A few of the projects you’ll encounter:

  • Appliance Remote Control
  • Time-Lapse Camera Controller
  • Virtual USB Keyboard
  • Security/Automation Sensors
  • Online Thermometer
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Weather Station Receiver
  • Vehicle Telemetry Platform


  • Author: Jonathan Oxer & Hugh Blemings
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1430224770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224778

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  • If I had to choose between this book and The Arduino Cook Book, which would you recommend? I am new to Arduino, I did buy the Getting Started With Arduino from Make, but need some more examples and explanation.

  • would this book be good for someone whos knows how to use arduino but isnt a pro?

  • I am just finishing it. I would say it is well worth it if, like me, you have messed around with this stuff a bit but have not mastered it. Even though I am not building any of the projects discussed, each chapter provides some insight that is useful to what I am working on or thinking about. One caveat. I used it to construct a circuit (the resistor ladder). It didnt work. I thought it was me. Turns out the material in their book is wrong and the corrections are posted on their web site. So I guess I will double check on anything else I build from that book.

  • Do any of these books go through the parts necessary to breadboard the Atmega 328 chip?

    • The Arduino Web site ( describes how to do this - and even how to program your breadboard Atmega with your Arduino as an ISP :) Check the Hacking section of the site for details.

      • We also have a tutorial on our site as well. There are also numerous others on the web as well. You will find a lot for it.

        • But is there a way to know what parts are required to do the projects in this book?

          • typically, yes. this book specifically will show you what the part is and where to get it.

  • I did and I really like it. I am focusing on the OBD-II project. Its easy to follow and has lots of good practical advice and explanations of why various design points were chosen…at least the parts I have read thus far.

  • Anyone buy and like this book?

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