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Raspberry Pi Home Automation with Arduino by Andrew K. Dennis

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Home Automation

This chapter provides an introduction to the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and the subject of home automation.

We'll look at the history of the Raspberry Pi and how it came to be, as well as the Arduino platform – an open source microcontroller that provides developers with a means to interact with their surroundings, through a variety of sensors and motors.

Finally, we will wrap up the chapter by covering home automation and how technologies such as the Raspberry Pi have put the ability to build complex sensor based systems in the hands of the open source community.

Let's start by looking at what we will be covering in the coming chapters.

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