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Getting Started with Arduino--New from O'Reilly: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform

Press release: October 20, 2008

Getting Started with Arduino Sebastopol, CA—This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to Arduino--the open-source electronics prototyping platform that's taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino (O'Reilly Media, $12.99 USD) gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you get going on them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in this short book.

Inside, you'll learn about:

  • Interaction design and physical computing
  • The Arduino hardware and software development environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram

With inexpensive hardware and open-source software components that you can download free, getting started with Arduino is a snap. To tinker with the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED.

Join the tens of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Written by the co-founder of the Arduino project, Massimo Banzi, with illustrations by Elisa Canducci, Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on the fun! This 128-page book is a greatly expanded follow-up to the author's original short PDF that's available on the Arduino website.

Gareth Branwyn from expressed his excitement about the new book when it arrived at Maker Faire Austin in a recent blogpost: "The book, authored by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi, offers a brief, fun, and lucid overview of Arduino that I bet is going to appeal to lots of people who've been wanting to get into physical computing but have been looking for a 'bit-sized' way in. This handy little guide should be just the ticket!"

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see the catalog page for Getting Started with Arduino.

Getting Started with Arduino
Massimo Banzi
ISBN: 9780596155513, 128 pages, Book Price: $12.99 USD, £9.99 GBP
PDF Price: $9.99 USD

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