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Book Reviews – Arduino for Secret Agents

Book Reviews - Arduino for Secret AgentsTransform your tiny Arduino device into a secret agent gadget to build a range of espionage projects with this practical guide for hackers
About This Book

Discover the limitless possibilities of the tiny Arduino and build your own secret agent projects
From a fingerprint sensor to a GPS Tracker and even a robot– learn how to get more from your Arduino
Build nine secret agent projects using the power and simplicity of the Arduino platform

Who This Book Is For

This book is for Arduino programmers with intermediate experience of developing projects, and who want to extend their knowledge by building projects for secret agents. It would also be great for other programmers who are interested in learning about electronics and programming on the Arduino platform.
What You Will Learn

Get to know the full range of Arduino features so you can be creative through practical projects
Discover how to create a simple alarm system and a fingerprint sensor
Find out how to transform your Arduino into a GPS tracker
Use the Arduino to monitor top secret data
Build a complete spy robot!
Build a set of other spy projects such as Cloud Camera and Microphone System

In Detail

Q might have Bond’s gadgets– but he doesn’t have an Arduino (not yet at least). Find out how the tiny Arduino microcomputer can be used to build an impressive range of neat secret agent projects that can help you go undercover and get to grips with the cutting-edge of the world of espionage with this book, created for ardent Arduino fans and anyone new to the powerful device.

Each chapter shows you how to construct a different secret agent gadget, helping you to unlock the full potential of your Arduino and make sure you have a solution for every tricky spying situation.

You’ll find out how to build everything from an alarm system to a fingerprint sensor, each project demonstrating a new feature of Arduino, so you can build your expertise as you complete each project. Learn how to open a lock with a text message, monitor top secret data remotely, and even create your own Arduino Spy Robot, Spy Microphone System, and Cloud Spy Camera This book isn’t simply an instruction manual – it helps you put your knowledge into action so you can build every single project to completion.
Style and approach

This practical reference guide shows you how to build various projects with step-by-step explanations on each project, starting with the assembly of the hardware, followed by basics tests of all those hardware components and finally developing project on the hardware.

Chapter 1: A Simple Alarm System with Arduino 1
Hardware and software requirements 1
Hardware configuration 4
Configuring the alarm system 6
Testing the alarm system 10
Chapter 2: Creating a Spy Microphone 13
Hardware and software requirements 13
Using the SD card 15
Testing the microphone 20
Building the spy microphone 22
Recording on the SD card 25
Chapter 3: Building an EMF Bug Detector 29
Hardware and Software requirements 29
Hardware configuration 31
Testing the LCD screen 33
Building the EMF bug detector 34
Chapter 4: Access Control with a Fingerprint Sensor 41
Hardware and software requirements 41
Hardware configuration 43
Enrolling your fingerprint 44
Controlling access to the relay 49
Accessing secret data 52
Chapter 5: Opening a Lock with an SMS 59
Hardware and software requirements 60
Hardware configuration 62
Testing the FONA shield 65
Controlling the relay 70
Opening and closing the lock 73
Chapter 6: Building a Cloud Spy Camera 77
Hardware and software requirements 77
Hardware configuration 80
Setting up your Dropbox account 82
Setting up your Temboo account 84
Saving pictures to Dropbox 88
Live streaming from the spy camera 93
Chapter 7: Monitoring Secret Data from Anywhere 97
Hardware and software requirements 98
Hardware configuration 99
Sending data to 101
Monitoring the device remotely 108
Creating automated e-mail alerts 112
Chapter 8: Creating a GPS Tracker with Arduino 115
Hardware and software requirements 115
Hardware configuration 117
Testing the location functions 118
Sending a GPS location by SMS 127
Building a GPS location tracker 129
Chapter 9: Building an Arduino Spy Robot 133
Hardware and software requirements 133
Hardware configuration 134
Setting up the motor control 141
Setting up live streaming 147
Setting up the interface 148
Testing the surveillance robot 151
Chapter 1, A Simple Alarm System with Arduino, is about building an alarm system that is based on the Arduino platform with a motion sensor and a visual alarm.
Chapter 2, Creating a Spy Microphone, is about making a secret recording system that can record the conversations and noises in a room.
Chapter 3, Building an EMF Bug Detector, is about creating a very useful device forany secret agent: a detector to check whether there are other secret agent devices in a room.
Chapter 4, Access Control with a Fingerprint Sensor, is about creating an access control system using your own fingerprint.
Chapter 5, Opening a Lock with an SMS, is about building a project where the secret agent can open a lock just by sending a text message to the Arduino device.
Chapter 6, Building a Cloud Spy Camera, is about making a spy camera that can be accessed from anywhere in the world and can record pictures in Dropbox when motion is detected.
Chapter 7, Monitoring Secret Data from Anywhere, is about learning how to secretly record any kind of data and how to log in this data on the Cloud.
Chapter 8, Creating a GPS Tracker with Arduino, is about creating one of the most useful devices for a secret agent: a GPS tracker that indicates its position on a map in real time.
Chapter 9, Building an Arduino Spy Robot, is about making a small surveillance robot that can spy on your behalf.

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