Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects
by Tom Igoe
Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world is good fun. But when devices that you've built start to talk to each other, things really start to get interesting. Through a series of simple projects, you'll learn how to get your creations to communicate with one another by forming networks of smart devices that carry on conversations with you and your...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 5th 2007 by Maker Media, Inc
(first published September 28th 2007)
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I used this book twice for my Intro to Electronics For Art Part 2 class. There are lots of great examples, but also enough missing information to add some extra challenges in the xbee duplex and bluetooth projects. It also doesn't cover wifi, saying that its expensive and can be replaced by xbee. Overall a good book with lots of great illustrations and incredibly valuable examples, but each of the projects is still going to take a lot of work to get working. A few problems seem to be just differ...more
Wow, where to start. Just beginning chapter 3 now and I would say the handiest thing so far (besides a good intro to Processing/Arduino) would be on page 33, Mac OS X and Linux Serial Communication... basically seeing what serial ports are available with Terminal. Its given me confidence in Bluetooth again!
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