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Making Things Talk--New From O'Reilly: Gets Your Electronic Creations

October 4, 2007

Sebastopol, CA--Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world is fun, but when your homebrewed creations start talking to each other, things get really interesting! In Making Things Talk (O'Reilly, $29.99), author Tom Igoe bestows the power of communication upon your favorite tech creations through simple projects that present the guidelines for electronic verbosity. Whether its microcontroller-powered devices, email programs, or networked databases, Igoe demonstrates the ability of electronics to interact in fun and interesting ways.

Some examples include:

  • The Pet Lover: Want to play with your pet while you're away? Discover the "Networked Cat Cam" and the interactive pet bed that sends you personal emails!
  • It Takes Two: Wire your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy a game of "Monski Pong." Just be sure not to lose!
  • Who's Out There: Broadcast messages to others on your network; build a battery?powered GPS that reports its location wirelessly; send data across the Web based on physical activity in your home, office, or backyard.
  • Three Easy Steps: Set up communication between microcontrollers, personal computers, and web servers using three easy-to-program, open source environments: Arduino/Wiring, Processing, and PHP.

Arriving in bookstores October 15th and available online today at store.makezine.com, Making Things Talk is perfect for diehard "techies," but also serves as the perfect primer for people with little technical training, but a lot of interest. "The workbenches of hobbyists, hackers, and makers have become overrun with microcontrollers?computers-on-a-chip that power homebrewed video games, robots, toys and more," explains Igoe. "This book contains a series of projects that teach readers what they need to know to get their creations talking to each other, connecting to the web and forming networks of smart devices."

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking at the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is co-author of the book Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design schools around the world.

Making Things Talk
Tom Igoe
ISBN: 0-596-51051-9, 428 pages,428 pages US
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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