Arduino

Arduino Board

Overview

Arduino is an open source hardware and software hardware controller. It can be used to read, process and output to various sensors and displays/emitters. The hardware is very cheap and it uses C like language to program the controller chip. The open source license of the board means the development board can be put together by anyone. All the hardware specification is available online.

The Arduino “Diecimila” is the latest full sized development board but there are older and other variations like the “Nano” which is tiny.

Suppliers

The U.S has Radio Shack which provides good electronic hobbyists with coponents but in England it seems like we’re not into all that. The best place I found for home brew electronics is in Maplin but Eastbourne isn’t a very big place. I thought this stuff would be widely available in places like Halfords or DIY places but I was wrong. It was harder online. I thought there would be plenty of these types of stuff because they’re usually small and cheap so Ebay was my first stop but it was hard to find Arduino specific hardware. People in the U.S have raved about Ada Fruit Industries as a supplier and their starter kit is so much better than the starter kit from Tinker.it in the UK. The international shipping totally out weighs the cost benefit ordering from Ada Fruit.

Future

I have placed an order for the Arduino and various bits and pieces so I will post back when I get it.

Arduino Official Website
inthebitz’s YouTube Videos

About Danny

I.T software professional always studying and applying the knowledge gained and one way of doing this is to blog. Danny also has participates in a part time project called Energy@Home [http://code.google.com/p/energyathome/] for monitoring energy usage on a premise. Dedicated to I.T since studying pure Information Technology since the age of 16, Danny Tsang working in the field that he has aimed for since leaving school. View all posts by Danny → This entry was posted in Arduino, Hardware. Bookmark the permalink.

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