An Introduction to Arduino Workshop

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An Introduction to Arduino Workshop

An Introduction to Arduino Workshop

I had the opportunity to take part in an Introduction to Arduino Workshop workshop led by Hackspace Cardiff today.

For those of you who don’t already know… Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

I’ve had a couple of Arduino Unos buried away in my studio for the last couple of years with the intention of using them to activate some art works. I hadn’t made the step into experimenting with these components because the hole process looks quite daunting from the outside. However, having the opportunity to get to grips with the basics under the guidance of some well seasoned programmers was the perfect kick-start that I needed.

An Introduction to Arduino Workshop

Most of those taking part in the workshop had little or no experience of working with Arduino at all. By the end of the session we had all sorts of components working from ultrasonic and infra-red sensors to servo motors, LEDs and piezos.

I was very happy to have worked through the process of activating a DC motor with a PIR sensor (pictured at the top). The software is all open source and so you can achieve some quite impressive results even with only a basic knowledge of electronics and programming. Now I just need to work out the mechanics of the objects that I want to connect to with the Arduino.

As I mentioned I’ve been sat on a couple of Arduinos for a while and I have a clear of idea of I want to do with them so watch this space.