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Arduino For Dummies by John Nussey

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Chapter 12

Common Sense with Common Sensors

In This Chapter

arrow Learning about sensors

arrow Understanding the complexities of different inputs

arrow Paying the right amount for what you want

arrow Knowing where to use sensors

arrow Wiring up some examples

In my experience of teaching, I often find that when people first have an idea, they get caught up in how to carry it out using a specific piece of hardware they’ve found instead of focusing on what they want to achieve. If Arduino is a toolbox with the potential of solving numerous problems, using the right tool for the right job is key.

If you go to any Arduino-related site, you’re likely to see a list of sensors, and it can be a baffling experience trying to find the right ones for your project. A common next step is to search the web for projects similar to the one you want to do to see what other people have done. Other people’s efforts and successes can be a great source of inspiration and knowledge, but these resources can also plunge you into a black ...

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