Media praise for Making Things Talk

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"I really enjoyed this; so much so that I immediately bought a Wiring.org microcontroller and got my first "blinking lights" working last night. If this lights a fire in you as it did in me, you'll want this book, and you'll also want to visit the MAKE Website and perhaps subscribe to MAKE Magazine also."
-- Tony Lawrence, AP Lawrence: Information and Resources for Unix and Linux Systems

"Igoe's book takes the reader step by step, beginning with tools you'll need, covering various networking theories, programming tips and other techniques...The cool thing and the scary thing about the Arduino phenomenon is the vastness of its potential. Making Things Talk is a thick and very dense manual that does an admirable job of covering as much terrain as possible."
-- John Baichtal, Geek Dad

"If you have woodworking and tool and die skills this book rocks. If you are a geek like me that can do simple stuff at home but might cut off a finger, then read and laugh but don't try this at home."
-- Chris Miller, St Louis DomiNotes User Group

"If you haven’t checked this book out yet, we highly recommend it...It’s a good primer for all sorts of communication methods; from short range communication using IR, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, to communicating over vast distances over the Internet. It’s also a good way to get familiar with basic electronic prototyping, microcontrollers, and TTL-level serial communication. Making Things Talk is not an exhaustive encyclopedia, but more of a well-rounded cookbook. If you’re a beginner, it will help you get your feet wet. If you’re more experienced, it should still teach you a few new tricks."
-- Dave Pryor, Trossen Robotics

"This book is perfect for people with little technical training but a lot of interest. Maybe you're a science teacher who wants to show students how to monitor weather conditions at several locations at once, or a sculptor who wants to stage a room of choreographed mechanical sculptures. Making Things Talk demonstrates that once you figure out how objects communicate -- whether they're microcontroller-powered devices, email programs, or networked databases -- you can get them to interact."
-- Dale Farris, Golden Triangle PC Club

"I don't think I've ever seen a book on "networking" devices be quite this much fun (as well as practical and hands-on)... Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects by Tom Igoe. Once you're done with this book, you'll know more about communication protocols and networking than you thought possible, and you'll know it well. And Spanky will be able to play pong, too...If you're looking to learn theory with hands-on reality, this is it."
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world can be fun, but when your homebrewed creations start talking to each other, things get really interesting...Making Things Talk is ideal for "techies" but also serves as a primer for people with little technical training."
-- NYU Today, News from New York University

"If you have some clue about embedded systems modules and want to learn embedded systems-level data communications, there is nothing like this book anywhere. And if I do decide to go back to embedded systems tinkering, this will be the book that pushes me over the edge. Not yet—I have a rocket or two to finish and a few other things to do—but soon, soon."
-- Jeff Duntemann, ContraPositive Diary

"This book is excellent fun and full of ideas on making physical sensors and actuators talk over a variety of networks (direct cable connections), Zigbee and Bluetooth Radio, and with Ethernet/Internet Applications."
-- Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com



"I really enjoyed this; so much so that I immediately bought a Wiring.org microcontroller and got my first "blinking lights" working last night. If this lights a fire in you as it did in me, you'll want this book, and you'll also want to visit the MAKE Website and perhaps subscribe to MAKE Magazine also."
--Tony Lawrence, AP Lawrence: Information and Resources for Unix and Linux Systems