The Arduino is an open source electronic projects prototyping system that allows you to make a huge range of electronic projects. Whether you are a beginner making your first foray into the world of resistors and switches, an intermediate tinkerer who understands logic gates, or someone who wants to delve deep into the world of electronics and programming, there are projects to suit you.
Projects for Beginners
The Arduino is frequently used as an educational tool, but many of the projects that you can make with it have practical uses. Simple projects such as desk lamp dimmers, clocks, and automated fan systems are relatively easy for beginners to make, and teach you how to use sensors, timers and basic logic. Even though these projects are simple to implement, they are incredibly satisfying to finish. You don’t need to learn how to use a soldering iron, and you don’t need to worry about messing up the projects and damaging components because these projects can be built on breadboards, which are a lot like Lego, only much more exciting because you’re building real, working items with electronic components.
More Advanced Projects
More experienced Arduino enthusiasts can experiment with even more sensors and logic, and can even write their own libraries to help manage how they interface with the device. The Arduino has wireless serial communication capabilities, and you can use this along with a custom controller to send messages to your device and display them. There are even some stores that use the Arduino to track the progress of certain products and send Tweets when they are available.
If you are interested in this kind of project, why not click here to buy an Arduino. The prototyping kit is quite affordable, and many enthusiasts end up purchasing more than one kit so that they can use the projects they build around the house, or configure two Arduinos to talk to each other.
Once you’re really confident, why not try your hand at some more code-intense projects. It is possible to build a functional computer using your Arduino, a PS/2 keyboard and an LCD display. The computer is a relatively simple one, like the TRS-80, but it can run BASIC programs, so you can have some fun coding on it.
Other popular projects for more advanced electronics enthusiasts include robots that are capable of learning their way around mazes, and graphical calculators. Linux and Unix enthusiasts may appreciate one particularly humorous project called “Sudo make me a sandwich”, which uses a robot to make a simple sandwich when that joking command is received over the serial communication stream.
The Arduino is a simple but incredibly powerful and flexible device that offers many options for communicating with computers, additional Arduinos and even other microcontrollers via serial and USB. Once you have the device connected to your computer you can communicate with it using Arduino’s own software. If that isn’t enough for you then you can extend that open source software using C++ libraries. The only thing that limits what you can do with the Arduino is your own imagination.
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