‘Making Things Talk’–DIY projects that communicate

‘Making Things Talk’–DIY projects that communicate

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CNET has a mention about our new book ‘Making Things Talk’ here. I just received my preview copy (the book is from us at MAKE) and if you’re interested in getting knee deep in hardcore micro-controller programming for cool/artsy projects this is for you!

Programming microcontrollers used to require an expensive development environment costing thousands of dollars and requiring professional electrical engineering expertise. But recent innovations, such as open-source physical computing platforms with simple i/o boards and development environments, have given hobbyists, hackers and makers new options for homebrewing video games, robots, toys, and more.

This book contains a series of projects that teach you what you need to know to get your creations talking to each other, connecting to the Web, and forming networks of smart devices. Whether you need to plug some sensors in your home to the Internet or create a device that can interact wirelessly with other creations, Making Things Talk shows you exactly what you need.

The projects in this book are powerful but inexpensive to build: the Arduino and Wiring microcontroller kits themselves cost around $40. The networking hardware covered here includes Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, and can be had for $50 to $100. With a couple of microcontroller kits and the networking gadgets of your choice, you can make things and make them talk to each other! – Link (order now at the Maker store).

4 thoughts on “‘Making Things Talk’–DIY projects that communicate

  1. ‘Making Things Talk’–DIY projects that communicate Myrddinthegeek says:

    OK so is this book actually on the shelves? I ordered it through Amazon in April when you first mentioned it and at that point it was supposed to have a ship date in like June or July. Every month or so I get an email from amazon saying that the ship date is being pushed back and right now I have a delivery estimate of Nov 27th. What caused all the delays and should I cancel my amazon order and order the book through other avenues to get it sooner?

  2. bjepson says:


    I’m the editor of this book. It is in print now, and Amazon should be receiving stock soon if they don’t have it already.

    Very sorry about the delays… the author and the designers poured a lot of energy into this and spent the time getting everything right, from building/testing/debugging/improving the projects to making sure the book was easy to use for people who want to build these projects themselves. It took a little longer that way, but the result is really wonderful.

    – Brian

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