"Making Things Talk" by Tom Igoe.
Useful links to items to do the projects in the book:
imagesco.com (images scientific instruments)
rentron.com (Supplier for IR Transmitter Project)
PuttySSH.org - Remote Access Program
Processing.org Multimedia Progamming Environment
http://lundie.ca/fwink/- Fwink webcam software for uploading images to a ftp site.
Dave's Telnet http://sourceforge.net/projects/dtelnet
Flex Sensor Strip
Breakout Board for FT232RL USB to Serial
Force Sensing Resisistors
Flexforce at Parallax.com pricey?
Interlinkelectronics.com force sensing resistors page
Interlinkelectronic's guide on force sensing resistors
Trossenrobotics.com page for the 1.5" interlink force sensing resistor
Trossenrobotics.com search page for FSR
Imageco.com page on FSRs
Opamp circuit for use with FSRs, outputs 0-5v based on force (Imageco.com)
Flex Sensor Resistor on imageco.com, was going to order 2 but least expensive shipping is $12.95
Flex Sensor Resistor on jameco.com, same price as on imageco.com but shipping might be less, never know because you won't find out until they ship and bill you. Sometimes it is good sometimes annoyingly high.
Lantronix CoBox Micro Embedded Device Server $67.00
XPort Embedded Device Server $49.00
Embedded Wireless 802.11 Device Server $165.00
TX-IRHS Infrared Remote Control IC
TSOP7000 IR Receiver Module (high speed)
TSAL7200 High-Power Infrared LED