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Already heard from Arduino ?

March 8, 2014

Hello to all,

On a nice and sunny Saturday afternoon, a new post from me on explaining Arduino.

As explained by Wikipedia, Arduino is a single-board microcontroller, intended to make the application of interactive objects or environments accessible. And according to the Arduino homepage, Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.

It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. ¬†Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators.

From a technical point, the microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language and the Arduino development environment. Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer.

The boards can be built by hand or purchased pre-assembled, and the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

So what can you make with Arduino? In fact you can make very simple things, such a letting blink a LED lap, setting switches, and starting to understand how electronics work. For children, this is a very interesting and interactive way to learn how this all works. You can also build more sophisticated objects with Arduino, such as robots, a water control system, a web server, in fact everything you can imagine.

But Arduino is the basis for so much more: analog inputs and outputs, digital reading of tones, and following state electronic state changes: all of this to understand how these basics work. But, as mentioned in this article on Oscar, one can also obtain specific results, such as linking a very high-definition 4K screen to an Apple Mac computer.

Arduino is itself a standard, it has its own programming language, and it is supported by a large community. You can buy standard material and there are many books available, such as ‘Arduino for dummies‘.

You can also follow trainings and conventions. As an example, in a few weeks time, on March 29, the Arduino Day is organized to celebrate 10 years Arduino. Check it out here.

So, the only thing to do now is buy yourselves an Arduino starter kit for around USD 70, have a look here at YouTube, and make your own great product.

Thanks for reading,

Bas

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