This book explains .NET Gadgeteer to the novice and to using only the parts available in the Fez Spider Starter Kit. This is the most common starter kit if components for the Gadgeteer.
Everything is explained in a step-by-step manner and while the reader is assumed to have some knowledge of software, the projects are simple enough for the novice programmer to see what is going on and adapt and learn from the projects covered in the book.
The .NET Gadgeteer is a plug-together system and so, in this first book, there will be no soldering or use of electronics that are not part of the standard kit. All the components in the starter kit will be used in the various projects, which as well as being interesting projects in their own right, will also serve to illustrate how to use the modules they are built from.
All the code for this book can be downloaded from GitHub here.
As well as being an introduction to .NET Gadgeteer, this book also includes a number of projects:
This project uses the camera module to capture images peri- odically and save them to the SD card. The LCD touchscreen is used to set the recording interval of between 5 and 60 seconds.
This is a simple game in which you guide a tongue back and forth across the screen in order to catch snowflakes that are falling from the sky.
The project uses the display and joystick modules included in the Fez Starter Kit.
The Gadgeteer with an Ethernet module can be put to work as a small web server. In this project, the web server constantly serves the contents of the Gadgeteer screen. You can draw sketches on the screen with your finger or a stylus and leave messages for the world to see.
Camera Backup Gadget
This project is intended for the digital camera user who, while travelling, might feel insecure about having all his or her precious photo- graphs on just one SD card that could become damaged or lost. Instead of copying the files to a laptop, this gadget will copy everything on an SD card to a USB flash drive.