If you want to learn more about electronics and construction projects using microcontrollers and mini PCs. A great place to start is using the Arduino platform, which offers a selection of microcontrollers that can be easily configured and programmed to run a wide variety of applications. Becky Stern and the DigiKey YouTube channel have created a beginnerfriendly Arduino I/O video. Providing a 10minute overview of what you can use the microcontroller board line for.
Becky Stern will show you how to use digital and analog inputs when building Arduino circuits, including controlling LEDs with buttons and potentiometers.
If you are not familiar with Arduino, it is an open source electronic platform based on easy to use hardware and software. The official Arduino website tells a little more about the platform and what it can be used for.
“Arduino boards can take input — a light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a tweet — and turn it into output — turn on a motor, turn on an LED, post something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do this, you use the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino software (IDE) based on Processing.”
Arduino inputs and outputs
“Over the years, Arduino has been the brains behind thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of creators—students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals—has gathered around this open source platform, and their contributions add up to an incredible amount of knowledge available that can be very useful to both novices and experts alike. ”
With a simple and accessible user interface, Arduino is used in thousands of different projects and applications. The Arduino software is easy to use for beginners yet flexible enough for advanced users. It works on Mac, Windows and Linux. Teachers and students use it to build inexpensive scientific instruments, to test the principles of chemistry and physics, or to get started with programming and robotics.
Designers and architects create interactive prototypes, musicians and artists use it for installations and for experimenting with new musical instruments. The creators, of course, use it to create many projects exhibited, for example, at the Maker Faire. Arduino is a key tool for learning new things. Anyone – kids, hobbyists, artists, programmers – can start tinkering by simply following the kit’s stepbystep instructions or sharing ideas online with other members of the Arduino community.”
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