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C Programming for Arduino

By : Julien Bayle
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C Programming for Arduino

By: Julien Bayle

Overview of this book

Physical computing allows us to build interactive physical systems by using software & hardware in order to sense and respond to the real world. C Programming for Arduino will show you how to harness powerful capabilities like sensing, feedbacks, programming and even wiring and developing your own autonomous systems. C Programming for Arduino contains everything you need to directly start wiring and coding your own electronic project. You'll learn C and how to code several types of firmware for your Arduino, and then move on to design small typical systems to understand how handling buttons, leds, LCD, network modules and much more. After running through C/C++ for the Arduino, you'll learn how to control your software by using real buttons and distance sensors and even discover how you can use your Arduino with the Processing framework so that they work in unison. Advanced coverage includes using Wi-Fi networks and batteries to make your Arduino-based hardware more mobile and flexible without wires. If you want to learn how to build your own electronic devices with powerful open-source technology, then this book is for you.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
C Programming for Arduino
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Sensing the world

In our over-connected world, a lot of systems don't even have sensors. We, humans, own a bunch of biological sensors directly in and over our body. We are able to feel temperature with our skin, light with our eyes, chemical components with both our nose and mouth, and air movement with ears. From a characteristic of our world, we are able to sense, integrate this feeling, and eventually to react.

If I go a bit further, I can remember a definition for senses from my early physiological courses at university (you remember, I was a biologist in one of my previous lives):

"Senses are physiological capacities that provide data for perception"

This basic physiological model is a nice way to understand how we can work with an Arduino board to make it sense the world.

Indeed, it introduces three elements we need:

  • A capacity

  • Some data

  • A perception

Sensors provide new capacities

A sensor is a physical converter, able to measure a physical quantity and to translate it into a signal understandable...