Wolfram Donat

My newest book from MAKE Media is now available on Amazon:

“Make a Raspberry-Pi Controlled Robot teaches you how to build a capable and upgradeable personal robot for around $100. You’ll learn how to control servos, respond to sensor input, and know where your bot is using GPS. You’ll also learn many ways to connect to your robot and send it instructions, from an SSH connection to sending text messages from your phone.”

Of course, my other books are always available:

“Learn Raspberry Pi Programming with Python will show you how to program your nifty new $35 computer to make a web spider, a weather station, a media server, and more.”


“Have you ever wanted to build a crawling zombie, controlled by you, similar to the one you see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHoQlamCQo8? Halloween Animatronics: Build a Zombie Crawler is a guide to building your own creepy zombie to chase your friends and scare the neighborhood children. Amply illustrated, and including a full parts list, the author takes you step by step through the process of building a fully functional radio-controlled zombie crawler named Bartok, all for a reasonable price.”


“This book is not a collection of projects for the Pi. Rather, it takes one project – a small mobile robot – and takes you step-by-step through the process of building one, from installing the libraries needed to access the GPIO pins to configuring a wireless adapter to some suggestions (not explicit instructions) on how to construct the bot’s body. When you have finished, you will have a working robot that you can log into and control remotely via command line, with the possibility of using a shell or a Python script.”


“Meet Amanda. Amanda is a possessed doll that, with the help of a smattering of code, randomly turns her head left, right, and sometimes all the way around. It’s not much, but it’s enough to make your favorite horror fan run screaming from the room. Generously illustrated with full-color photographs, this volume of Halloween Animatronics takes you step-by-step through the process of creating her, from cutting open her head to swap out her eyes, to mounting the servo that turns her head, to the few lines of code to make the servo work its magic.”


“Computer engineer and Internet expert Wolfram Donat teaches you not only about the best antivirus programs available, he shows you how to effectively use the one you may already have installed. You may not even have to buy an antivirus program; a free program may do everything you want it to. “


“Impotent Geckos and Other Modern Curiosities is a collection of humorous essays and observations guaranteed to not only make you smile, but to also force you to look at the world in a slightly different way than you did before. The essays range from the title piece to making Obsessive-Compulsive Toast to recounting events that ensued during an otherwise normal morning shower. If you enjoy Dave Barry, James Thurber or even Kurt Vonnegut, you’re bound to enjoy Wolfram Donat’s irreverent sense of humor.”


“Joel Peters is an ordinary singer/songwriter, living an uneventful (if slightly boring) life playing gigs and making music. Everything changes suddenly when he meets a man calling himself a wizard who gifts him with a magical gnome-like creature and asks for his help saving all of creation from a mad wizard’s misused spell book. In the ensuing adventures, Joel fights demons and goblins, finds love, and travels through a ruined landscape to learn why the book seems to be meant only for him, all while struggling to learn to control a wild magic he never knew he had.”


And coming soon: Pi Bites!



Engineer, author, programmer.