Get started with… Arduino?

Yes, you read that title right, and no, you haven’t accidentally stumbled upon the Arduino Foundation’s website. Today, we’re pleased to announce a new addition to the Raspberry Pi Press family: Get Started with Arduino, a complete how-to guide to help you get hands on with the other¬†pocket-sized board.

But why?

Why not? Our mission is to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Whether you’re using a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino, or any other piece of digital making kit, if you’re creating with tech, we’re happy. And Raspberry Pi and Arduino make wonderful project partners for all kinds of build.

What’s in the book?

Get Started with Arduino is packed full of how-tos and project tutorials to help you get better acquainted with the little blue microcontroller. Whether you’re brand new to digital making, a die-hard Raspberry Pi fan looking to expand your maker skillset, or simply a bit of a bookworm, Get Started with Arduino is a super addition to your bookshelves.

Aren’t Raspberry Pi and Arduino the same kind of thing?

Arduino is a microcontroller, while Raspberry Pi is a full computer. Microcontrollers don’t usually run a mainstream operating system, but they’re extremely power-efficient, so they can be great for projects that can’t stay plugged into the mains. You need to use a separate computer to set up your Arduino, but you can do everything on a Raspberry Pi itself… including setting up an Arduino. As we said, the two work really well together in some projects: for example, you might build a robot where the Raspberry Pi handles intensive processing tasks and provides you with a friendly environment for developing your code, while the Arduino handles precise real-time control of the motors.

Buy Get Started with Arduino today

Get Started with Arduino is out now! It’s available from the Raspberry Pi Press website with free international shipping, from the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge, and from WHSmith in the UK; it’ll reach Barnes & Noble stores in the US in a week or so.

Also out today…

HackSpace magazine issue #25 is also out today, available from the Raspberry Pi Press website, the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge, and every newsagent that’s worth its salt.

And, if that’s not enough, Wireframe magazine issue 27 is also out today, and it too is available from Raspberry Pi Press, the Raspberry Pi Store, and newsagents across the UK.

But wait, there’s more!

In case you missed it, on Monday we released Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi, your one-stop guide to creating and playing classic retro games on your Raspberry Pi.

Did someone say free?

For getting this far in today’s blog, here’s your reward: Get Started with Arduino, HackSpace magazine, Wireframe magazine and Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi are all available as free PDF downloads. However, when you buy our publications, you’re supporting the work of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring computing to everyone, as well as the continued production of even more great magazines and special edition books. So, you know what to do.


Misel avatar

Something that must not be missing here is a link to Alex Eames’ RaspiDuino project!

Norman Dunbar avatar

I agree. 100%.


solar3000 avatar

ummm…piDuino? Ardupi? raspiDuino?

solar3000 avatar

BTW I’ve met both the Arduino guy and the raspberry pi guy. Nice people. Eben was very humble, great guy. Not as big as he is on video though. For some reason he looks like a giant in his interviews.

Silas avatar

>the Arduino guy
You mean Hernando Barrag√°n?

Just been looking at Arduino history and slightly confused who you meant

solar3000 avatar

Oh, I see. I saw an older man with grey hair. Not tall. A little heavy. bald spot.

NTN avatar

Love, peace & unity :)

Peter Green avatar

Arduino did have the 101 and the Yun which could be seen as Pi competitors, but it seems that they have been discontinued* and Arduino has decided to go back to just making boards with microcontrollers.

* In the case of the 101 it seems this was Intel’s fault and not Arduino’s, i’m not sure about the Yun, but even if it was a supplier’s doing, ardunino don’t seem to have made another go at entering the Linux boards world.

Andruino avatar

Yun2 had MIPs processor and a small amount of RAM plus it is (was) quite expensive compared to Pi.

RPiUser avatar

Great decision! I’m glad that this topic was issued under Hacker’s Magazine. This series is a bit more ambitious, and therefore such book was desired by me. I want not another one book with hello world and work with basic sensors/devices. Interrupts, stocks and other stuff is very important to understand computing devices and serious programming. Both topics and more are covered in here!

Dear Raspberry Pi Press, Dear Raspberry Pi Foundation, if you ever plan to continue Android topics as a book or magazine I would like to read about:
– PCM stuff – how to make good samples with most efficient results.
– sound compression. I remember when Mortal Kombat II came to arcades. DCM (sound compression system) made impressive difference, It was actually in pinball machines first. If sound compression on Arduino is possible please do not miss this topic!
– work with EEPROMs and Flash (including build-in one).
– writing test sequence which should check all components with every start of Arduino, audits (arcade machines and pinballs had this feature, it is today forgotten but it is capable to discover broken components before actual run of the Arduino based device)
– tricks which helps to fit and run quite long program into Arduino
– Asynchronous data management

KyRol avatar

I bought Arduino hardcopy with hope in mind that second part will ever be published. If not maybe advanced Arduino topics will be published in Hacker Space Magazine. Keep up good work please.

Manir avatar

I have been using Arduino for long time as analog and digital input and output.
My current problem is, I have to read 34 temperature sensors, 34 voltage sensors, 34 current sensors, and turn on/off 48 relays based on the readings from the sensors. I found that Raspberry Pi and Arduino combination is the most cost effective and portable solution.

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