- Taschenbuch: 326 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly and Associates; Auflage: 1 (18. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1449321062
- ISBN-13: 978-1449321062
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 1,7 x 24,8 cm
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Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Dezember 2012
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He is the co-author of The Cult of Lego and author of Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement.
Matthew Beckler is a graduate student in EE at Carnegie Mellon University, and is a co-founder of Wayne and Layne, LLC, where he makes open source hardware.
Adam Wolf is a firmware engineer at an electronic design services company, and is a co-founder of Wayne and Layne, LLC, where he makes open source hardware.
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Beyond the buy book, still need to buy or make shield issue is that the authors try to introduce and present too many things i.e. an introduction to LEGO construction (via super glossy step by step instructions for their projects... this could have been done in a better layout --not one step one page. Also, some of this could have been put on a website and then the cost and content for the book could have been more refined in its information and more focussed in its incremental introduction of new concepts and projects --often the chapters are rather loosely related... not as tightly linked as some MAKE books that I own, that is for sure!
Moreover, during the intro to Arduino... and when I say introduction, I mean a near historical chronicalling, the book even includes glossy color photos... I guess it is nice to know what the guys who created the Arduino project, but why is this in the book?
Other oddities in the book come when you find yourself reading pages of external resources... they are scattered throughout the book (don't think this is like a Appendix format) and the affect of the smattering of external shout-outs resonates to me as almost an in book advertisement for more MAKE and cf. Chpt. 3 pgs 49-68! Again, exclude this and thus reduces the page count of fluff and add more tech and LEGO ARDUINO PROJECTS!!!
Yet another quirk comes when you get to a chapter that introduces electronics basics eg the enormous photo of a multimeter (pg. 140) and a classic resistor color code image (pg. 141)... not sure why this pertains at chapter 8, it makes one wonder if the object is not to get people who don't know about electronics NOT to buy the shield associated with the book, then they should have put this as Chapt. 1 and then Chapt. 2 how to build the shield NOT Chapt. 8 and Chapt. 10 respectively. I don't get this!
The BIGGEST issue that causes me consternation is that the first project you are going to build requires the shield that two of the author's sell through their own site. So the second item on the second page of the book is something that you most likely DO NOT HAVE and will either have to build (more power to you if you have them handy... I didn't) and if you don't want to build, well then you have to buy their shield.
I don't fault the authors' all that much and have been in correspondence with them --they are just engineers trying to write a cool book and give life to LEGO and Arduino.. I just wish the shield issue had been better handled i.e. MENTIONED UPFRONT or in a Amazon product description.
Sure, I knew I would need to buy parts for any project book, but after spending over $100 for the shields and break-out boards, and that doesn't even include the motor driver that is used in projects in the book I have to be honest I feel a bit mishandled by the content and projects.
Anyway, I like the projects, I don't like the book's chapter order, I don't like the shield being unmentioned in an Amazon product description, but I like the author's goal and don't believe IN ANY WAY they are trying to rip you off by selling you a book and then walking you through projects you have to spend more money for so you can build... Though not their intent it is hard not to feel that this is what ends up happening. Solution: sell a bundle for the book with the shields.... this isn't novel and has been done before with other Arduino books and shields it's a shame it wasn't done in this case.
Buy this book, but buy it knowing what else it requires from you to even build the first project --a unique shield! Again, it's worth the money for the book.. but it's a big let down with the need for the shield to actually utilize the book!
I also expected the book to discuss in some detail the programming needed to run the NXT motors and sensors with an Arduino board but it did not - you are just instructed to download the code for each project. It looked like a good cookbook for the projects included and I'm sure I would have learned about the programming if I built them, but none of them interested me enough to build them. I was looking more for general tips and instructions for Arduino/NXT interfacing (including pros and cons of Arduino vs. brick) rather than a cookbook with 4 or 5 recipes so I was disappointed. I ended up returning it.
One other thing to note: I had assumed that the Arduino board was actually more powerful than the NXT brick but it turns out (according to the book) that the brick actually has more power. That was another reason I returned it. (Granted, the Arduino family of products has shields that can do things the NXT brick can't, but none that I need right now.)
My biggest complaint by far with this book is the Lego parts lists. Of course, you can't just simply buy a kit with all the parts included. What were these dolts thinking, do they have a direct line to LEGO so they can easily get ANY part they want? I'm in the midst of an increasingly annoying search trying to track down all the pieces required for these projects. I may have to end up ordering way more of what I need because these "parts websites" usually have a 5$ minimum, even when you only need one of a 15 cent part, and of course, no one website has all the parts needed for any one of the projects in this book. ARRRRGH!! Be ready to do this kind of scavenging if you buy this book, you won't be building any of the projects for at least a few weeks!
Be warned: You can wrap up hundreds of dollars building some of the projects and extending the functioning of more basic projects. I think it's worth it, I can't put a price tag on quality time with my grandson.
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