A beginner's guide to Arduino products
Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects. It is based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for designers, hobbyists, artists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
What's the Arduino?
Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors. It can even affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The ion-board micro controller is programmed by Arduino programming language and the Arduino Development Environment. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or communicate with the software that runs on a computer.
There are plenty of other micro controllers available. Then why choose the Arduino? Arduino really simplifies the process of building projects on a microcontroller making it a great platform for amateurs. You can easily get started to work on one project without any previous electronics experience.
Arduino is not only simple, but also inexpensive, cross-platform and open-source, based on Atmel's ATMEGA8 and ATMEGA168 micro controllers. The plans for the modules are published under a Creative Commons license, so experienced hobbyists and professionals can make their own version of the Arduino, extending it and improving it.
What can you do with Arduino?
There is a lot you can do with an Arduino. An Arduino can basically do anything by interfacing sensors with a computer. This would allow you to take any sensor and have any action applied with the readings. For example (in one of our projects) we will read the level of light in a room and adjust LED's brightness to react based on that input. This of course is a simple example of what you can do with an Arduino. A more complicated example would be to read from multiple sensors and use those data to affect other outputs.
Before starting our projects, we first need to get your Arduino talking to your computer. We need to do this so you can compile and send a code for your Arduino to execute.
Download the Arduino software, install the software and let your Arduino communicate with your PC.
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