Do you wish to earn your geek card - pronto? Lets get started! This guide will start you on the path to the dark side using the open source Arduino development and prototyping platform. It will introduce you to microcontrollers, get you started with a platform for physical computing and give you the confidence to create technological marvels. It is open source, inexpensive and a blast to learn.
The first step is to acquire an Arduino board. I highly recommend the USB version. You will need the USB A-B cable as well. Here is a link to the board: ArduinoBoard. Here is a link to the cable: USB Cable.
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