PIC Microcontroller Project Book

9780071395441: PIC Microcontroller Project Book

The PIC microcontroller is enormously popular both in the U.S. and abroad. The first edition of this book was a tremendous success because of that. However, in the 4 years that have passed since the book was first published, the electronics hobbyist market has become more sophisticated. Many users of the PIC are now comfortable shelling out the $250 for the price of the Professional version of the PIC Basic (the regular version sells for $100). This new edition is fully updated and revised to include detailed directions on using both versions of the microcontroller, with no-nonsense recommendations on which is better served in different situations.

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"Bound to spur the imagination and inspire plans for using PICs in new products and projects." --Poptronics


What can you do with PIC microcontrollers? Practically anything -- from creating "photovore" robots that hunt light to feed their solar cells to making toasters announce, "Your toast is ready!" These low-cost computers-in-a-chip let electronics designers and hobbyists add intelligence, responsiveness, and functions that mimic big computers to any electronic product or project, including robotics.

Fully updated for use with the PICBasic Pro as well as the original PICBasic, this new edition of the PIC Microcontroller Project Book gives you hands-on directions for putting Microchip's RISC-based chips to work. Starting with simple projects and experiments, this book leads you gradually into sophisticated programming techniques. You need absolutely no programming experience to get started. John Iovine coaches you through every single step. Written with the beginner in mind, PIC Microcontroller Project Book gives you A-B-C guidance on how to:

* Get the equipment you need (includes lists of suppliers)
* Program your chip, from plugging in the breadboard to running the compiler, with lines of code to copy
* Use CodeDesigner and the latest Windows software
* Make your chip count numerically
* Deliver messages on a liquid crystal display
* Synthesize human speech
* Control DC motors, stepper motors, and servos
* Convert any analog signal to digital
* Add sensing abilities to robots
* Build decision-making neural and "fuzzy logic" functions into your projects

This book will be the springboard for thousands of innovative workshop projects!

About the Author:

Electronics professional John Iovine is the author of several popular TAB titles that explore the frontiers of science. He wrote the cult classic Robots, Androids, and Animatrons. He also wrote such popular books as Homemade Holograms: The Complete Guide to Inexpensive, Do-It-Yourself Holography; Kirlian Photography: A Hands-On Guide; Fantastic Electronics: Build Your Own Negative-Ion Generator and Other Projects; and A Step into Virtual Reality. He is the "Amazing Science" columnist for Poptronics magazine and a regular contributor to Nuts and Volts.

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