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Practical Arduino book review

Open source hardware is about making everyday technology work in new and exciting ways, and Practical Arduino captures this idea wonderfully.

PracticalArduino
Authors Jonathan Oxer & Hugh Blemings
Publisher Apress
ISBN 978-1430224778
Price £31.49

In our  illuminating Arduino article, LUD contributor Richard Smedley argues that those that love to hack hardware aren’t beard-stroking tech-nerds but simply the embodiment of the spirit of our age. Open source hardware is about making everyday technology work in new and exciting ways, and Practical Arduino captures this idea wonderfully. Though technical to a good degree, this book really is for anyone who’s ever been tempted to dismantle a radio. Over the course of its 420+ pages Practical Arduino walks you through the basics of open source hardware hacking with clear and concise instructions, accompanying technical drawings and directions to downloadable source code. Projects covered range from appliance remote controls, touch-sensitive controllers and even weather station receivers that update via Twitter. The possibilities are endless and Practical Arduino achieves its goal of opening the door.

This article originally appeared in issue 86 of Linux User & Developer.
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