Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies
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Join the Raspberry revolution with these fun and easy Pi projects


The Raspberry Pi has opened up a whole new world of innovation for everyone from hardware hackers and programmers to students, hobbyists, engineers, and beyond. Featuring a variety of hands-on projects, this easy-to-understand guide walks you through every step of the design process and will have you creating like a Raspberry Pi pro in no time. You'll learn how to prepare your workspace, assemble the necessary tools, work with test equipment, and find your way around the Raspberry Pi before moving on to a series of fun, lively projects that brings some power to your plain ol' Pi.




Introduces Raspberry Pi basics and gives you a solid understanding of all the essentials you'll need to take on your first project
Includes an array of fun and useful projects that show you how to do everything from creating a magic light wand to enhancing your designs with Lego sensors, installing and writing games for the RISC OS, building a transistor tester, and more
Provides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers and innovators of all ages


Bring the power of Pi to your next cool creation with Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 188 x 234 x 26mm | 686g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118766695
  • 9781118766699
  • 262,616

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Learn to: Have fun with LEDs and create a sauce bottle emptying game Enhance the Pi's capabilities with LEGO(TM) and directly access LEGO sensors Install and learn to program the RISC OS and use it to make a transistor tester Give your Raspberry Pi computer vision

Ready to serve up some tasty Raspberry Pi projects? Here's how to do it yourself!

So, you have your Raspberry Pi up and running and can't wait to do something with it? Here's what you've been looking for! This easy-to-follow guide walks you through every step of the design process, from preparing the workspace to working with test equipment. You'll learn to create some fun and useful projects that will inspire even more ideas. Understand the lay of the land -- get acquainted with Raspberry Pi basics, prepare your workspace, and gather your tools Master techniques -- learn about soldering and desoldering, GPIO access, and signal-level conversion Meet LEDs and switches -- discover how to build games using the Light Fantastic Color Button Grid and a sauce bottle emptying race game Explore analog conversion -- create a simple analog-to-digital converter More fun and games -- work with cloud service providers, build LEGO projects controlled by the Pi, and make a Connect Four computer vision game

Open the book and find: A list of tools you'll need plus others you might want Steps for creating games with color Tips for choosing cloud service providers Web server and database basics for the Raspberry Pi What RISC OS has to offer Cool LEGO projects to build Ten suppliers of components and tools
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Table of contents

Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Projects 5


Chapter 1: Getting to Know the Raspberry Pi 7


Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Tools and Workbench 29


Chapter 3: Focusing on Technique 47


Chapter 4: The Raspberry Family 69


Part II: Working with LEDs and Switches 79


Chapter 5: The Sauce Bottle Game 81


Chapter 6: Stomp! 93


Chapter 7: The Light Fantastic 115


Chapter 8: Games for the Light Fantastic 135


Part III: Developing Advanced Interfaces 155


Chapter 9: Advanced Interfaces 157


Chapter 10: Raspberry Pi in the Sky 197


Chapter 11: Webcam and Computer Vision 233


Chapter 12: The Raspberry Jazz Glitter Trio 263


Part IV: Making the Raspberry Pi Your LEGO's Magic Brick 277


Chapter 13: The Pi Meets LEGO 279


Chapter 14: The LEGO Dice Game 307


Chapter 15: LEGO Direct 335


Part V: Exploring RISC OS 371


Chapter 16: Introducing RISC OS 373


Chapter 17: RISC OS Coding 391


Chapter 18: Transistor Tester 417


Chapter 19: The General ]Purpose Input/Output Port in RISC OS 441


Part VI: The Part of Tens 451


Chapter 20: Ten Great LEGO Pi Projects 453


Chapter 21: Ten Suppliers of Components and Tools 457


Index 461
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About Mike Cook

Mike Cook is a lifelong electronics buff, a former lecturer in physics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the author of more than 300 articles on computing and electronics. You'll often find him monitoring technology forums under the moniker Grumpy Mike. Brock Craft is a lecturer in creative coding in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art. He is a specialist in physical computing, data visualization, and the Internet of Things. Jonathan Evans is a distinguished IT professional with more than 20 years of experience. He enjoys sharing his ideas at http://projects.privateeyepi.com, where he continues to explore the endless possibilities of this computing platform.
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