Sunday, February 5, 2012

Getting Started with the Internet of Things by Cuno Pfister

This book’s subtitle says it all; ‟Connecting Sensors and Microcontrollers to the Cloud.” If you ever wanted to be able to remotely monitor or record sensor data via the internet, then “Getting Started with the Internet of Things” published by O’Reilly Media proves that the age of microcontrollers is upon us.

This book introduces us to the “Netduino Plus” microcontroller board, which is fully programmable using the .NET Framework. The information contained in this book is will be of great benefit to anyone getting started in the rapidly growing arena of embedded devices. 

Cuno keeps us on the right path with a generous amount of sample code and a walkthrough of the .NET development environment.  Separate chapters cover Writing to Actuators and Reading from Sensors. We then move on to how to connect the Netduino to the internet via HTTP. Pachube is introduced as an example of using one of the many available cloud services to store and share data in the “cloud.”

The final chapter covers where to go from here, offering suggestions and inspiration on the unlimited possibilities that the world of microcontrollers introduces. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in embedded devices and how to connect them to the internet.

Click here to learn more about or to purchase this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook as part of the O’Reilly Reader Review Program.