Wanting to do a fast electronic prototype of an idea I had last night (more description about this idea in a later postÃ , I discovered this morning the Arduino project.
What is Arduino?
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.
What to do with it?
It’s basicly the Processing.org wet dream:
- You make and verify you program in Processing (or similar IDE from Arduino)
- You connect your board to your computer via USB and send the program to it
- You disconnect it, find any external power source (batterie or plugged), and you app is running on a small hardware machine
Now you can add enough outputs (led, motor, …) and inputs (switches, potentio-meter, …) to make any physical hack. Smaller version of the board are also available!
And Berlin is the best place to live to get this working, everything is available in shops, and this one was particulary cheap: 27â‚¬
How to install it?
This board is working on Windows/Linux/Mac platform, but I had some difficulties to make it really plug&play on my Mac. Follow Gck instructions on Arduino forum if you have some problems too.