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Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents

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Turn your Raspberry Pi into your very own secret agent toolbox with this set of exciting projects!
Overview Detect an intruder on camera and set off an alarm Listen in or record conversations from a distance Find out what the other computers on your network are up to Unleash your Raspberry Pi on the world
In Detail
Ever wished you could play around with all the neat gadgets your favorite spies use (like James Bond or Michael Westen)? With the introduction of the remarkable Raspberry Pi and a few USB accessories, anybody can now join in on the action.
Discover how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a multipurpose secret agent tool! Through a series of fun, easy-to-follow projects you’ll learn how to set up audio/video surveillance, explore your Wi-Fi network, play pranks on your friends, and even learn how to free your Raspberry Pi from the constraints of the wall socket.
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents starts out with the initial setup of your Raspberry Pi, guides you through a number of pranks and secret agent techniques, and then shows you how to apply what you’ve learned out in the real world.
Learn how to configure your operating system for maximum mischief and start exploring the audio, video, and Wi-Fi projects. Learn how to record, listen, or talk to people from a distance and how to distort your voice. You can even plug in your webcam and set up a motion detector with an alarm, or find out what the other computers on your Wi-Fi network are up to. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, combine them with a battery pack and GPS for the ultimate off-road spy kit.
What you will learn from this book Install and configure Raspbian OS for maximum mischief Schedule a prank to happen when your foe least expects it Listen in or talk to people from a distance Detect an intruder with motion detection and set off an alarm Distort your voice in weird and wonderful ways Push unexpected images into browser windows Knock all visitors off your Wi-Fi network Control the Pi with your smartphone Keep your data secret with encryption
Approach
A playful, informal approach to using the Raspberry Pi for mischief!
Who this book is written for
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents is for all mischievous Raspberry Pi owners who’d like to see their computer transform into a neat spy gadget to be used in a series of practical pranks and projects. No previous skills are required to follow along and if you’re completely new to Linux, you’ll pick up much of the basics for free.
Apart from the Raspberry Pi board itself, a USB microphone and/or a webcam is required for most of the audio/video topics and a Wi-Fi dongle is recommended for the networking examples. A Windows/Mac OS X/Linux computer (or second Raspberry Pi) is also recommended for remote network access.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849695784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849695787
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great book on RasPi for audio, video and network real scenarios

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
By Jaume Aragay Badia
Great book. Concise instructions on real world situations. You’ll enjoy every page of it.

I spy with Raspberry Pi

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
By Ivan Popov
Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents. Trendy title. While I wondered how serious it could be, the author’s name got my attention – Stefan Sjogelid. Now that is already promising. This is the guy behind the idea, that if you’re eager enough, you can build your own Linux distribution targeted at the Raspberry Pi architecture. The whole process is thoroughly described on his dedicated web site. And expectations slowly started to rise.

Very well done.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
By J. Watts
Excellent book to introduce a beginner to the Raspberry Pi and will lead them through various projects from using webcams and GPS devices to some more devious “tricks”. If you’re curious about making a remote security camera with the Pi, Motion detection, network monitoring, or Geo-mapping projects this is the place to start and finish. Beginners will learn all about the Pi, how to install the OS, etc but more advanced users will find it a good resource for the intricacies of Pi audio, video, and a lot more. If you have or are thinking about getting a Raspberry Pi I would recommend getting this book as well. There are a lot of good Pi books out there, but when you find one that you can keep going back to again and again, well that’s a useful tool. I hope to complete several of these projects.

Entertaining and Full of Good Information

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
By JennaSys
I’m not sure I liked the whole “secret agent” storyline used throughout the book. I suppose the author was either targeting a young teen demographic, or was possibly just trying to be coy. In either case it isn’t really an issue, I just thought it kind of cheapened an otherwise well written book that was full of useful information. Under the guise of learning “spy tricks”, the author guides you through several system administration tasks and setup of various peripherals. Kind of a silly concept IMO, but the core information is well presented nonetheless and the book was easy to read.

Surprises for Would-Be Spies

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
By Richard Hackathorn
The author Stefan Sjogelid attempts to transform the low-cost RasPi board into a 007 spy toolkit. My initial impression was negative since I assumed that the content would be shallow and overlap with many other RasPi books. However, I was wrong.

Finally a Book Beyond, Turning on Your Pi!

on April 1, 2015
By Tom Stiles (hamrad88)
Most books for the Raspberry are just starter books and don’t go beyond setup and turning on the device. This books goes into a lot of detail on actually using the Pi for useful things such as timers, cameras etc. Definitely a good book for both the beginners and beyond. Lots of examples of code to perform various tasks. Out of the 40 books I have read on the Pi this was the most informative.

Recipes for Mischief

on January 9, 2014
By Vesper Aeon "I’m Vesper Aeon, and I approved of this message."
This book certainly lives up to expectations. With simple, easy to follow instructions you learn step-by-step how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a multi-purpose tool for surveillance, pranks, or home security. You can find all of these projects on the web, but it is certainly nice to have them in a hard copy format for when you;’re out in the field.

Fun packed

on April 3, 2014
By Wilbur F. Pierce "wfp3"
This is another fun-packed book for people who want to fool around with electronics, building some fun things, and learning about many control and integration issues. I recommend it.

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