In this increasingly technologically saturated world, electronic communication has become a vital part of our lives. Communication between sentient carbon-based life forms such as ourselves is fairly straightforward, but what about communication between the electronic devices that surround us?
Making Things Talk, a new book from the fine people who bring us Make Magazine, demystifies device level communications with a series of fun projects presented (as always) in a friendly, nonthreatening manner.
If you haven’t checked this book out yet, we highly recommend it. You’ll learn how to make a video game out of a stuffed monkey, add a web cam to your cat, and by the time you’re done, you’ll be tracking your grandmother by GPS and your underwear drawer will be sending you status updates via email.
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.