Step 12: Whats Next?

There are numerous tutorials available to help you master the Arduino. These will all teach you electronics along the way, and provide you the confidence to further your skills. This page on the Arduino website has a list of tutorials: Tutorials. I would recommend a look at the Spooky Arduino by Todbot tutorials (bottom right hand corner of page).

Some of the things you will easily learn to do are:
Read a tilt sensor, use a joystick to control lights, detect sounds, play melodies, drive motors, interface to LCD displays, read a digital compass, read a gps device, etc.

Based on all my links, do you see how easy this is to acquire information? The Arduino site is loaded with information, and there is a forum to ask questions, learn what others are doing and get support: Forum. It doesn't get any better than this!

Ok - if you have actually read all that I have submitted here you are now entitled to print this card below and carry it around. Better yet, get an Arduino and create! Don't forget, whatever you make - its all good, and its fun!
pleaaaaaaaase ,, can i use the same microcontroller "ATMEGA328P-PU" to program it many times . write and erase and try many projects on the same microcontroller using arduino ????????
Your Sparkfun links are out of date and Sparkfun is overpriced. Just buy your Arduino UNO on Amazon for $16.99: <a href="http://amzn.to/ItkkQT" rel="nofollow">http://amzn.to/ItkkQT<br> Y</a>our USB cable is also double what it should be. Amazon:&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/KpWPfb" rel="nofollow">http://amzn.to/KpWPfb</a><br> <br>
LOL,, looks like a Cisco Cert Card ! nice
Microcenter now carries the sparkfun and specifically the Arduino.<br>
Cool, a geek doing Latin. I came, I saw, and I went.
thanks for writing that up, i read every word and bookmarked it. your writing style would work as a professional writer. this trash is just to much fun.. i was in the field when transistors were making us all dream of projects.. still do not have a clue as to the next big step.. the arduino is almost limitless.. THANKS AGAIN
The Arduino board you recommend is no longer available and the replacement they have is on backorder. Is there another one you'd recommend to make this project? I am planning on getting started. Know nothing
OK, that's. Yes I am a complete beginner, or since i haven't done anything, even a pre-beginner. Thanks for the reply.<br>Paul
This tutorial was written when the (now-outdated) NG when the latest and greatest version. Today, the Arduino Uno is the latest version. <br><br>Buy the board here:<br>http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9950<br>Or here:<br>http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=17&amp;products_id=50<br><br>If you are a complete beginner, I would also recommend this tutorial:<br>http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/
that's a great idea!
and the Arduino uno
how is it possible control so many LEDs individually? people are controlling ~64 leds (8x8 array) with only using 16 pins (or something like that). they're not even putting then in parallel. how do you do it??????
charlieplexing.I'll explain it sometime today.
err its multiplexing, charlieplexing is only used if u need to control over 100 led's, since thats hthe maximum ammount of LED's that you can control with the arduino and nothing else like transistors or so.
well, if its a matrix, don't they just light one row at a time and let POV take care of making it an image?
how do you hook this up to a wii nunchuck or joystick to control a servo
you run this code do_everything_i_want_you_to_do(wii_nunchuck ,joystick,control_the_servo)
You mean do_everything_i_want_you_to_do(wii_nunchuck ,joystick,control_the_servo); ReCreate forgot the semicolon... *You need a library that reads the nunchuk, and you need Arduino's built in servo library. Google the both of them.*
theres an instructable on it. the how to control your robot with a wii nunchuck or something like that...
For controlling a servo does it require a pwm source? Please help.
it has pwm outputs. check out the servo tutorial on their site.
where you have the board listed, they say that they &quot;retired&quot; the product. Just fyi. Which other board would your recommend? I'm looking at a Duemilanove?
uno is the newest
good to know :D
Is there any way for the Arduino to display a message on the screen like a basic stamp.
Yessir, there sure is! It's called serial communication. Copy and paste this into a new file: void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); // opens serial port, sets data rate to 9600 bps } void loop() { Serial.print("Sup, World?"); }
So in Hyper terminal it should return"Sup, World?"?
I'm not familiar with Hyper Terminal, but there's a built-in serial monitor in Arduino's software; read my other reply below...
Oh there is?
Yup :)
Neat...I am Getting myself One(An Arduino)
If I upload the program to my board, nothing happens, what should I be expecting? Is there anything else that I need to do?
yes you have to click on the button that says serial connection to see it
yes there is. Go to your Serial Monitor by clicking the button that looks like the attached image. You'll see that the bottom section has changed. This is what arduino.cc has to say about it: "Displays serial data being sent from the Arduino board (USB or serial board). To send data to the board, enter text and click on the "send" button or press enter. Choose the baud rate from the drop-down that matches the rate passed to Serial.begin in your sketch. Note that on Mac or Linux, the Arduino board will reset (rerun your sketch from the beginning) when you connect with the serial monitor. "
I Seriously need help! I dont know how to paste get the code onto the program if its not an example for example, junkyar john posted a code, but whenever I try to paste it into the program it just gives me errors!!
Hmm...that's odd, it may be in the way this website formats the text. I'd copy and paste into a text file first, and make sure it <em>looks exactly like</em> what I wrote. Then copy and paste into the arduino software<br/>
erase <em>// opens serial port, sets data rate to 9600 bps</em> then it might work...<br/>
Wow, I am Getting myself An Arduino, The Blinkenlight code is so Simple!
Well i got a Freeduino (from NKC on ebay, the self assembly version) and i'll have to see where it goes :) am planning on trying a simple midi (over USB) keyboard (one octave) or drum kit.. whatever is simplest :) thanx for the heads up on this :)
I just bought one of those as well :) I got the (Arduino Duemilanove Compatible) one. Waiting for it to come in the mail
i use that laptop for my homeschooling :| i think it's ugly
You only have to do that if you have a diecimila of older boards. Boards like Duemilanove and Mega switch automatically.
Thanks; very well written and well laid out. I was wondering what all the Arduino instructables was about. I'm currently an old fart taking some programming and hardware classes and your lesson has given me an even greater spark of interest and desire to break out the breadboard and electronic parts and start playing the the Arduino programming too. Keep up the good work. I've read a few of these from other authors and they leave a lot of gaps.
lol as soon as i finished uploading the <em>blink</em> program i automatically knew i was a geek... lol<br/>nice 'ible!<br/>
What does the Latin on the card in the last step mean?
I came, I saw, I conquered Famous Latin quote from Julius Caesar
You could also do what I did and hack up an old RS232 cable. I salvaged it from a building that had been demolished. It doesn't get much better than free and useful. That's not to mention all the different color codes one of those has (52) and their all 22 gage. That and I can and have also used it to extend my network hubs. With 26 twisted pairs it hauls a lot of data.

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