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Arduino

There is an embedded controller in almost every electronics gadget you touch these days, so learning how to program one is an awesome skill to have. And the Arduino embedded controller used in this example is a fun way to learn programming because it is so quick and simple. The Software is free, there are tons of examples on-line, and the hardware –- an entire embedded controller — is only $25-$29! And you can do so many cool things with it – read temperature, control motors, blink lights, make a Pinewood Derby track timer for your local Cub Scout pack, etc. Try the simple step-by-step example below and you will be on your way!

Download software: http://www.arduino.cc/

Cost: Free software; Hardware starting at $29 at Radio Shack

Instructions to setup software: http://www.arduino.cc/ look under “Getting Started” or Watch this Video

Hardware requirements: Arduino Uno (from Radio Shack or online)

Operating systems supported: Win, Mac, Linux

Difficulty level: 2 out of 5


TRY IT!


ABOUT THE PROGRAM — A WALK THROUGH

This program shows you how to read a switch input and use it to control an LED.


TRY THIS

1. Change the input pin number – move the switch to a different pin.

2. Make the light blink 8 times faster

3. Make the light blink slower

4. Make one button press turn light on, another turn the light off (advanced)

There are thousands of things you can do with an Arduino processor – do a YouTube or Google search and try one of those!


LEARN MORE

Arduino – go to Files >> Examples for lots of simple programs you can start with

youtube.com – LOTS of examples

google.com – Even more examples


radioshackRESOURCES, TIPS, TRICKS AND HINTS

Radio Shack has lots of books and experimenter kits to help you get started. Go to RadioShack.com and search on Arduino.

1 Comment on Arduino

  1. ChemistryKing // November 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm // Reply

    Easy to use and fun to program with the right hardware i suggest a starter kit for people with limited supplys

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