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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 de...
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 boar...
This is the A side of the cable. You can plug it into any USB port.
The B side of the cable connects to the Arduino. Isn't this easy?
There are 3 power pins with a jumper over two of them. The power jumper goes over the last two pins if you are using usb power (just like shown here)....
If you move the jumper pins to the EXT position you can use a 9 volt wall wart to power your board. Want one? Go here: Wall Wart.
There is a prototype shield kit and breadboard available to add utility to your Arduino. Please see an excellent tutorial by Bob Gallup on how to asse...
This is what the protoshield and prototype board will look like when you get it mounted. in this view I have not soldered all the components, but have...
The prototype board will allow you to wire any circuit you can dream of. There are pre-cut & pre-bent wire kits available for this. I recommend you bu...
If you choose not to get the protoshield & breadboard - no problem. The Arduino has digital input/output pins and analog input pins built right in. Th...
The Arduino programming environment is free. That is what open-source is all about. It will work with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. and can be downloa...
Physical computing is using our own physical inputs and using microcontollers or computers to control outputs. Sure you can build a wild robot with th...
There are numerous tutorials available to help you master the Arduino. These will all teach you electronics along the way, and provide you the confide...
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