What is an Arduino ?
If you have ever wanted a small gadget to control something with, Arduino is the answer.
Arduino team have taken a microcontroller which is basically a single
chip computer and built an easy to use physical computing platform
You already have countless microcontrollers
in your life, there is one in your washing machine for instance. On
thier own microcontrollers can be very difficult to use, difficult
enough to be beyond the access of all but the most dedicated hobbyists.
What the Arduino team have done is produce a design which reduces the
learning curve to the absolute minimum while still providing a powerful
platform for project development.
is most impressive about the arduino is the range of sensors available,
my own interest is in measuring the effect of setup changes on my radio
controlled cars and also in providing active in car control. There are
off the shelf boards and software that literally allow the sensors I
need to be plugged in to the Arduino with no need to seperatley source
individual electronic components or even get deep into understanding
a bit like building a PC, if I need a graphics card, I buy a graphics
card, I don't need to buy 300 components or even understand what they
do, I just buy and plugin a ready made solution which does what I want.
Arduino does what I want.