Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Review: Building Wireless Sensor Networks By Robert Faludi

Building Wireless Sensor Networks is just what every wireless sensors enthusiast needs. It provides quick and practical guidance for building your very own wireless sensor networks using Zigbee.

I appreciate the well structured presentation of ideas as well as the very practical approach in creating projects while learning very important concepts. It is like a workbook and laboratory manual in one!

I particularly enjoyed how the author wrote the book in a conversational manner while maintaining the excitement for the reader.

The Appendix at the end of the book is very helpful in encouraging the reader to explore even further.

About the author:
Robert Faludi is an NYU Professor, SVA professor, and an expert consultant on commercial projects, including large-scale home energy monitoring. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNet, Good Morning America, and elsewhere. He is a co-creator of the LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

[Disclaimer: I got this book for free as part of the Oreilly blogger review program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Innovator's Toolkit 10 Practical Strategies to Help You Develop and Implement Innovation

Innovator's Toolkit: 10 Practical Strategies to Help You Develop and Implement Innovation provides a good overview on innovation and the processes involved to bring innovative pursuits into realization.

The book discusses topics from idea generation to how leaders can help in ensuring that innovative pursuits are well-supported.

Although a good read, readers who are looking for anecdotes on innovation would be disappointed. The book mostly puts forward examples from various research, typical of any book from Harvard Business Essentials.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is involved in the the innovative process within the confines of a company or even entrepreneurs who are looking for a quick, no-jargon practical reference on innovation.

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