What is Arduino?
Arduino’s homepage describes it nicely:
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.
Want to build something?
Using a platform like the Arduino, you can make any automated project come to life! This microcontroller board measures inputs (light, heat, electricity, pressure, etc.), by means of sensors, processes them through your program, and outputs a reaction (movement, lights, displays, alerts, etc).
Sensors and shields
Sensors can be purchased separately from an array of suppliers and are called “shields”. An Arduino shield is a circuit board that can be connected (usually stacked) onto the Arduino board itself. Additional shield types include servo motors, LCD displays, LED arrays and more.
This platform is perfect for beginners to learn about microcontrollers and bring their own ideas to light. It is relatively cheap (±20 Euros) to obtain the Arduino itself. Shields range between 5 and 25 Euros depending on what you need.
I will be posting my own projects as well as links to Arduino variants, shields and more!