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What is Arduino? Answered

Hey all you people on Instructables I had a quick question. WHAT THE HECK IS ARDUINO!!!!!?????!!!!! Can someone please tell me. I love the idea of working with techno-ish stuff and circuit boards. I need some place to start. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!



How simple is it to use?

Incredibly simple. Granted, I did have C++ experience before getting started with it, but it was so easy and simple, anyone can use one. When you first see one, it may look complicated, but when you start using it, you can see just how easy it is.
All you need to do to load code on is plug it into the USB port of your computer, write your code or open up someone else's code, press "upload" and it'll upload.


8 years ago

It seems like this question pops up every couple of weeks or so (at least any time there is a new arduino contest). Anyway, in response to your question...<br /> <p><em>Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. </em></p> <p><em>Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, <span class="wikiword">MaxMSP</span>.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free. </em></p> <p><em>The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, a similar physical computing platform, which is based on the Processing multimedia programming environment. </em><br /> <br /> This info was taken directly from the arduino website here (http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Introduction).</p> <br />

ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. i get it (i think)

A microcontroller platform based on AVR. I'm not too clear on what's special about Arduino, but it does all the usual uC stuff.

You can start with google. :)