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15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

Book Description

UNLEASH YOUR INNER MAD SCIENTIST!

"Wonderful. I learned a lot reading the detailed but easy to understand instructions."--BoingBoing

This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to create a variety of mischievous gadgets, such as a remote-controlled laser, motorized multicolored LEDs that write in the air, and a surveillance robot. You'll also learn to use the highly popular Arduino microcontroller board with three of the projects.

15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Covers essential safety measures
  • Reveals the scientific principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources

Build these devious devices to amaze your friends and confound your enemies!

    • Coil gun
    • Trebuchet
    • Ping pong ball minigun
    • Mini laser turret
    • Balloon-popping laser gun
    • Touch-activated laser sight
    • Laser-grid intruder alarm
    • Persistence-of-vision display
    • Covert radio bug
    • Laser voice transmitter
    • Flash bomb
    • High-brightness LED strobe
    • Levitation machine
    • Snailbot
    • Surveillance robot

Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

VIDEOS, PHOTOS, AND SOURCE CODE ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.DANGEROUSLYMAD.COM

Make Great Stuff!
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius™
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Evil Genius Project Descriptions and Ratings
  10. 1 Coil Gun
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Test Firing
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  11. 2 Trebuchet
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Fire!
    4. Tuning the Trebuchet
    5. Theory
    6. Summary
  12. 3 Ping-Pong Ball Minigun
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Theory
    4. Summary
  13. 4 Mini Laser Turret
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Ideas
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  14. 5 Balloon-Popping Laser Gun
    1. Assembly
    2. The Ray Gun
    3. The Balloon Popper
    4. Can Shooter
    5. Theory
    6. Summary
  15. 6 Touch-Activated Laser Sight
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembling the Sight
    3. Testing and Calibration
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  16. 7 Laser-Grid Intruder Alarm
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Testing
    4. Installation
    5. Theory
    6. Summary
  17. 8 Persistence-of-Vision Display
    1. Arduino
    2. Persistence-of-Vision Display
    3. Motor Controller
    4. Platform
    5. Putting It All Together
    6. Changing the Message
    7. Theory
    8. Summary
  18. 9 Covert Radio Bug
    1. The Bug
    2. Assembly
    3. Using the Bug
    4. A Bug Detector
    5. Assembly
    6. Theory
    7. Summary
  19. 10 Laser Voice Transmitter
    1. The Receiver
    2. Assembly of the Receiver
    3. The Laser Transmitter
    4. Assembly of the Transmitter
    5. Using the Project
    6. Theory
    7. Summary
  20. 11 Flash Bomb
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Using the Project
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  21. 12 High-Brightness LED Strobe
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Theory
    4. Summary
  22. 13 Levitation Machine
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly
    3. Theory
    4. Summary
  23. 14 Light-Seeking Microbot
    1. What You Will Need
    2. Assembly (Robot)
    3. Assembly (Charger)
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  24. 15 Surveillance Robot
    1. Assembly
    2. Assembling the Motor Drivers
    3. Assembling It All
    4. Theory
    5. Summary
  25. Appendix: Electronics Construction Primer
    1. Circuits
    2. Components
    3. Tools
    4. Summary
  26. Index