“The Book of the Week”

Each week, FashionLab’s editors pick a must have book for your bookshelf.

An excellent survey of what you can do with Arduino

Do you want to create interactive clothing that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light? “Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects” by Michael Margolis is perfect for everybody who wants to do serious projects with the now famous Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. The author, Michael Margolis is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment has more than 30 years of experience.

This book is excellent as a reference and a good practice manual

You’ll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a great variety of objects and projects: Wearable Tech that will interact with the “physical world”, but also fun projects like toys, detectors, robots, and suchlike geek gizmos. Updated for the Arduino 1.0 release, the recipes in this second edition include practical examples and advices to help you to begin, expand, and improve your projects whether you’re an artist, designer, crafter, student, or engineer.

Not directly for a beginner, more for the intermediate user

However you don’t need experience with Arduino to get started, someone with little or no experience in working with electronics (like gathering components, assembling them, and connecting them) or programming in C could be a little bit lost. That’s why absolute novices may find it easier to start with a real beginners book. If you have these skills but no experience with Arduino, this book will really help. Anyway, if you buy this book and find it is a little bit too complicated, put it aside carefully. You can always get a more simpler book, then come back to “Arduino Cookbook, 2nd Edition Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects” when you will be ready! You won’t regret it: this book serves as an introduction to the broadest range of Arduino capabilities and is like a bible for Arduino projects.


  • Paperback: 726 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449313876
  • ISBN-13: 978-14493138

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