"Netduino Home Automation Projects [for Lazy Boys]"

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Today's Hardware post comes from Friend of the Blog, Matt Cavanagh, and isn't just one project, but a bunch!

I rarely post books here, but when Matt let me know that his new book just came out, well... And best of all, there's a free chapter in the deal for you too!

Netduino Home Automation Projects [for Lazy Boys]


  • Automate your house using a Netduino and a bunch of common components
  • Learn the fundamentals of Netduino to implement them in almost any project
  • Create cool projects ranging from self-watering plants to a homemade breathalyzer

What you will learn from this book

  • Write some simple code for a Netduino
  • Use a microphone to determine the noise level of the room
  • Power the sensors and components with external power supplies
  • Control existing technology and appliances around your house with transistors and relays
  • Link your smartphone to your Netduino with Bluetooth as a controller
  • Determine alcohol on your breath
  • Use servos to control physical objects
  • Use a matrix keypad to secure your house and much more

In Detail

In recent years, electronics have gone from something that only electronic engineers can understand, to a common hobby that is accessible to all. Netduino has grown to be a part of this revolution, providing a development board that is both easy to use, and allows existing .NET developers to build on knowledge they already have.

Most developers have wild ideas about all the gadgets they would develop to make the world a better (or easier) place, but have no idea how to get beyond blinking an LED. The topics contained go beyond what most books cover, taking an in-depth look at how to use Netduino for practical projects.

This book starts off by showing you how to do the “hello world” of electronics – fade an LED in and out. It will take you right through all the fundamentals, including how to control a wide range of electronic sensors.

You will learn how easy it is to automate various parts of your home. You will learn how to open your gate with your smartphone, automatically water your plants, get emailed when someone invades your territory, connect up a keypad to unlock your door, make your own breathalyzer, control your home theatre, and much more!


Netduino Home Automation Projects for Lazy Boys is written in a practical and friendly style. Reading this book will be an experience full of fun and learning as well.

Who this book is for

This book is ideally suited for someone who is interested in home automation, has some experience in C#, and has used a Netduino before but wants to explore more advanced topics. However, the book starts from the very basics so it can be picked up even by novices.

Here's a quote from Matt,

Besides all the Netduino goodness, a few of the chapters talk about communicating with Bluetooth + WP8.

The third chapter is free and goes into detail about how to connect a WP8 to a Netduino: http://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/9781849697828-Chapter-03.pdf?utm_source=packtpub&utm_medium=free&utm_campaign=pdf

The Discussion

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    I was technical editor for Matt on this book and let me tell you it was a blast testing out the projects. If you have a Netduino or are thinking of getting one, this is a must have book... double that if you have a Windows Phone. Cool

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