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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 8" x 9-1/4"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5597-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5597-1

6+ Hours of Video Instruction


Become a true Arduino expert–just watch! Master expert techniques for controlling Arduino circuits, sensors, lighting, and robotics… and walk through an advanced project, step by step!


Watch and learn all the skills you need to become a true Arduino DIY expert! John Baichtal covers all the intermediate-to-expert-level Arduino skills you'll need: programming, sensors, IC control, shields, prototyping, displays, lighting, even basic robotics. Baichtal's taught electronics and robotics to thousands of people–in person, online, in video, and in best-selling books. He knows what you need to know–and the best ways to show it to you. You'll go from theory to real circuit-building fast, with start to finish demos that guide you through several exciting examples, including a complete Arduino-powered Tank Robot!

About the Instructor

John Baichtal got his start writing blog posts for Wired's legendary GeekDad blog as well as the DIYer's bible MAKE Magazine. From there he branched out into authoring books about toys, tools, robots, and hobby electronics. His books include Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement, Basic Robot Building With Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, and Arduino for Beginners: Essential Skills Every Maker Needs; all from Que. He is also co-author of Make: Lego and Arduino Projects for MAKE.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

What You Will Learn

  • How to create essential Arduino program logic, arrays, functions, and libraries
  • How to work with gyroscopes and other sensors–including ultrasonic, passive infrared sensors, knock, and tilt sensors
  • How to control displays and lighting, including LEDs/LCDs, Nixie Tubes, EL wire, and NeoPixels
  • How to control ICs, including 555, Max Chip, L293D, Tiny95, and Arduino's ATmega328 microcontroller
  • How to integrate add-on shields to retrieve data, use relays, create prototypes, control Lego Mindstorms, and even create a simple video game
  • How to create many great Arduino and electronics projects
  • Essentials of Arduino robotics and control systems
  • How to build a sophisticated Arduino-Powered Tank Robot, step by step

Who Should Take This Course

  • For everyone who has explored Arduino and wants to become expert with it, including home hobbyists, students, and everyone in the DIY and Maker movements
  • More than 500,000 Arduinos have already been sold

Course Requirements

  • Assumes basic experience with Arduino or comparable electronics platforms
  • If you're completely new to Arduino, start with Baichtal's Arduino for Beginners videos–they'll give you all the knowledge you need to succeed with these!

Part 1: Programming

Master all the essentials of Arduino programming, including implementing logic (For, Switch-Case)… storing data in arrays… building easy-to-reuse functions… making your own libraries… and testing Arduino code for reliability.

Part 2: More Sensors for Your Arduino

Wire a gyroscope sensor to your Arduino… set up ultrasonic "range-finding" sensors… use passive infrared sensors to detect motion and trigger an LED… make your Arduino "listen" to a knock sensor, and detect tilting… For each sensor, Baichtal explains the technology, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 3: Displays and Lighting Effects

Control pixels on a Mini LED matrix… work with LCD displays… set up one-character Nixie Tube displays…control glowing electro-luminescent (EL) wires… control advanced RGB NeoPixel LEDs… Baichtal explains how each technology works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 4: Controlling Integrated Circuits with Your Arduino

Use the 555 timing IC to pulse electricity at predictable intervals… directly control the Arduino's ATmega328 microcontroller chip… use the Max chip to control a large LED matrices… operate motors with the L293D chip… create a simple project using the stripped-down Tiny85 microcontroller. Baichtal explains how each chip works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 5: Shields: Cool Add-On Boards for Your Arduino

Retrieve data using the SD Card Shield… build a simple electrical relay project… integrate circuits directly into Arduino with the Proto Shield… control Lego Mindstorms robots with the Bricktronics Shield… transform your Arduino into a simple 8-bit video game with the Video Game Shield. Baichtal explains how each shield works, then demonstrates how to wire, code, and test an example.

Part 6: Fun Arduino and Electronic Projects

Create a complete POV display… control a lamp with the Power Switch Tail… build a tweeting robot, a simple LED ball, and basic wearable electronics.

Part 7: Intro to Robotics

Use wheels and tank treads in robotics projects… use commercial chasses and make your own DIY chassis… buy or make robot claws… power your robot with battery packs, power supplies, wall warts, and solar… master two ways to control your robots.

Part 8: Building an Arduino-Powered Tank Robot

Walk through a complete 5-stage robot construction project: build a wooden chassis with either a hand drill or laser cutter… choose and install motors… select and install wheels that match up with your motors and mounting hardware… choose and install a battery pack… integrate and program an Arduino-based Motor Shield.

About Que Video

Que Video helps you learn technology efficiently with easy-to-follow video tutorials covering popular software apps, online games, and more. Each Que videos are professionally produced and feature the highest quality step-by-step instruction designed by trusted authors and trainers from Que Publishing, an imprint of Pearson—the world's leading learning company. View Que Videos at http://www.quepublishing.com/quevideo

Sample Content


Video: Arduino Programming for Experienced Users: Choosing a Power Pack

Video: Arduino Programming for Experienced Users: Illustrating the For Command

Video: Controlling NeoPixels with Your Arduino

Table of Contents

Part 1: Programming

Lesson 1.1 Illustrating the For Command

Lesson 1.2 Working with Switch-Case

Lesson 1.3 Creating a Basic Array

Lesson 1.4 Creating Your First Function

Lesson 1.5 Making Your Own Library

Part 2: More Sensors for Your Arduino

Lesson 2.1 Connecting a Gyroscope to Your Arduino

Lesson 2.2 Setting Up an Ultrasonic Sensor on Your Arduino

Lesson 2.3 Using the Passive Infrared Sensor

Lesson 2.4 Getting the Arduino to Listen to a Knock Sensor

Lesson 2.5 Using the Tilt Sensor in a Simple Project

Part 3: Displays and Lighting Effects

Lesson 3.1 Working with a Mini LED Matrix

Lesson 3.2 Controlling an LCD Display Using Your Arduino

Lesson 3.3 Setting Up a Nixie Tube

Lesson 3.4 Controlling EL Wire with Your Arduino

Lesson 3.5 Controlling NeoPixels with Your Arduino

Part 4: Controlling Integrated Circuits with Your Arduino

Lesson 4.1 555

Lesson 4.2 Using the Arduino Chip Separately from the Arduino

Lesson 4.3 Using the Max Chip to Control Large Numbers of LEDs

Lesson 4.4 Using the L293D Chip to Control Motors

Lesson 4.5 Creating a Simple Project Using the Tiny85 Chip

Part 5: Shields: Cool Add-On Boards for Your Arduino

Lesson 5.1 Retrieving Data from an SD Card Using the SD Card Shield

Lesson 5.2 Demonstrating the Relay Shield

Lesson 5.3 Building Circuits Directly into the Arduino with the Proto Shield

Lesson 5.4 Controlling Lego Mindstorms Components with the Bricktronics Shield

Lesson 5.5 Turning Your Arduino into a Simple Color Video Game with the Video Game Shield

Part 6: Fun Arduino and Electronic Projects

Lesson 6.1 Creating a POV Display

Lesson 6.2 Controlling Your Lamp with the Power Switch Tail

Lesson 6.3 Building a Tweeting Robot

Lesson 6.4 Building Simple Wearable Electronics

Lesson 6.5 Creating a Simple LED Ball

Part 7: Intro to Robotics

Lesson 7.1 Understanding the Different Kinds of Wheels and Tank Treads

Lesson 7.2 Creating a Chassis

Lesson 7.3 Using Manipulators

Lesson 7.4 Powering Your Robot

Lesson 7.5 Understanding How Control Systems Control Your Robot

Part 8: Building an Arduino-Powered Tank Robot

Lesson 8.1 Building the Chassis

Lesson 8.2 Adding the Motors

Lesson 8.3 Selecting the Wheels

Lesson 8.4 Choosing a Power Pack

Lesson 8.5 Adding the Arduino and Motor Shield


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