Idiots Guide to Arduino
Idiot's Guide to Arduino
This is a guide for total idiots to get introduced to Arduino.
What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open hardware chip that is the basis for a lot of cool electronics projects. When you learn how to use Arduino, basic DIY electronics will be completely demystified. We think it is totally possible for you to learn the basics in about four hours.
Get an Arduino Starter Kit
It helps to have an Arduino Beginner Kit. It will have an Arduino board, a breadboard, and a bunch of thingys that you can connect to your Arduino to do some basic projects.
- Get something like the Arduino Starter Kit.
- It retails at Xinchejian for 210 RMB.
- Ask us at info at xinchejian dot com.
Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
The Arduino IDE is the software that allows you to program the Arduino. You'll need your own computer. You write programs in the Arduino IDE, and then upload them to the Arduino.
- Download from the main website: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Download from Xinchejian: http://burty.xinchejian.com/software/
- Learn about the basics of the Arduino IDE.
Arduino - Basic Programming
You're going to learn some basic programming.
Special thanks to Spencer and Paul
- Structure for a program (Setup and Loop)
- Variables (integer)
- Getting Input
- Serial Monitor
How you get the code from your computer to the Arduino
- 1. VERIFY: Verify the code is ok.
- 2. UPLOAD: Upload the code to the Arduino board.
Arduino - Basic Electronics
Now that you've gotten the hang of writing basic programs for the Arduino, what can you do with this?
Arduino - Pins
- 5V - 5 Volts (The "positive" symbol)
- GND - Ground (The "negative" symbol)
- Digital Pins (1-13)
- Analog Pins (0-5)
- The columns are connected together.
- Other breadboards have rows that are connected (but yours does not).
Go to: Introduction to Arduino
Special thanks to Paul
- Connecting electronic stuff together
- GND - 5V
- DigitalWrite - Pins
- DigitalRead - Pins
- AnalogRead - Pins
- Experiment and have fun!
- Let us know how we can improve these guides!
- http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/index.html - Guide from Lady Ada
- http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/Introduction - Introduction from Arduino website itself
- Introduction to Arduino - This page is based on Paul's original document!
- Introduction to programming using Arduino - This page also draws on Spencer's intro!
- Arduino IDE - This is a page with basic info on the IDE.
- Arduino - The full page