PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment



PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment
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PC Toys: 14 Cool Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment
Summary:
Come on out and play
You can only surf the Net so long. You can only play so much video poker. So if you're a PC addict who's ready for some new fun, this book is your toybox. Each of the 14 projects inside includes a parts list, suggestions for finding the needed equipment, clues to the cost, helpful Web links, and complete directions. What's that? You have a few ideas of your own? Check out the suggestions in the final chapter, and start inventing your own PC toys.
The Toys
Each with a complete materials list and detailed, illustrated instructions
1. TiVo-like video recorder
2. MP3 or CD jukebox
3. Coffeepot controller
4. Telescope tracking station
5. Workout monitor
6. Home surveillance with Internet remote access
7. Fridge and freezer monitor
8. Fish tank monitor
9. Auto diagnostic center
10. In-car navigation system
11. Weather station
12. Robots
13. Networked video games
14. Model train controller
CD-ROM includes [NOT INCLUDED IN DOWNLOAD]
* Trial version of Pinnacle Studio
* Visual GPS, freeware, and SocketWatch, shareware version
* Demo versions of GoldWave and Nero Burning ROM
* Unreal Tournament 2003 demo
Book Info
Text includes 14 projects for home, office, and entertainment; including parts lists, suggestions for finding the needed equipment, clues to the cost, helpful Web links, and complete directions. Softcover. DLC: Home automation.
About the Author
Barry and Marcia Press have been indulging their need to build PC toys for 25 years. Barry’s creations have included a unique cable TV modem, ATM networks, a desktop computer that can analyze drug interactions, and an artificial intelligence planning system. He and Marcia are also the authors of the PC Upgrade and Repair Bible as well as several other hot-selling computer books.


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