This is an excellent, fully illustrated idea book for making things with software, physical devices, and simple hand fabrication. The authors have a range of skills in Arduino, Mechanical Construction, Linux, Electronics and Physical Systems. The book most closely resembles O'Reilly/Make Publications excellent previous book, Making Things Talk, with the benefit of a few more years of experience in illustrating project construction and careful step by step instructions. Skills taught include the Arduino hardware and software environment, programming an Android smart phone, use of relays, stepper motors, remote controls and other similar electronic devices, as
well as project construction with a glue gun, pliers and Dremel tool. The projects are intriguing and give instruction in important Hackerspace skills (I know from experience at Philly's Hive 76).
I was somewhat baffled with a slight mismatch between the wide diversity of Hacker skills taught in these projects and the specific
subjects of Arduino and Robotic's, but this illustrated projects book is a must have in the physical computing, electronics and arts and crafts construction space.
--Ira Laefsky MSE/MBA and Hackerspace Enthusiast.