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Arduino Information: How to Get Started on the Amazing Arduino Electronic Platform from the Bend Aarduino Group

From: David R.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:01 PM
Central Oregon Makers Members:

As the word has got around about the Bend Arduino Group, a lot of people have asked us how is the best way to get started in learning about Arduino and the intriguing electronic projects that a person can build with it?.

With a few years experience and a lot of research this is what we recommend as the best resources available to quickly and inexpensively learn how to work with Arduino. Arduino is big business now. There are over 1,000,000,000 Arduinos sold since launched in 2006. There are lots of people with their hand out to make a profit on Ardiuno. We recommend the best and probably lowest-cost way to get started.

Best Way to Get Started with Arduino

1. Read the Arduino Information document below. It will explain what Arduino is, how this phenomenon got started and list the best online resources, books and videos and show you how and where to buy everything you need.

2. Free video course We recently discovered the best video course we have ever seen to teach Arduino technology.
If you are a beginner to electronics this is the course to take. This course get the official Bend Arduino Group recommendation.

A free 14-part video course specifically designed to teach the newcomer programming, electronics and how to use the Arduino.http://opensourcehardwaregroup.com/thearduinocourse/

Any question you can find us at  Bend Arduino Group http://www.meetup.com/Bend-Arduino-Group/


David Robson

Organizer

Bend Arduino Group


The Bend Arduino Group has been operating since April 2013 with over
80 members locally. We meet every other Wednesday evening and there is no charge
for membership. We provide a basic 6-hour course for beginners that have no
previous technical experience and an advanced users group working on
design projects of their own. We frequently have experts come in and speak
on interesting Arduino-related subjects. Many of our members are experienced
programmers who are gaining knowledge in hardware technology. Some
members have an interest in just understanding how all this technology
around us works and many want to design innovative devices of their creation.
To join, just visit our website listed above and sign up. Meeting announcements are
posted on the home page and members receive email reminders.

Arduino Information
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. Arduino is an
imbedded microcontroller best used for a dedicated purpose with an easy interface
to the physical world. One-million Arduino units sold world-wide in 7 years.

Designed for Non-technical People: The Arduino environment www.arduino.cc was created to allow artists
and designers and people without advanced electronics knowledge, to build affordable things that were
previously too complicated and expensive for anyone outside of the electrical engineering profession. Arduino
is based on the inexpensive but powerful ATMEL family of embedded controller chips. Though it is easy to use,
Arduino’s underlying hardware works at the same level of sophistication that engineers employ to build
embedded devices. People already working with microcontrollers are also attracted to Arduino because of its
agile development capabilities and its facility for quick implementation of ideas. Arduino is best known for its
hardware, but you also need software to program the hardware. Both the hardware and the software are called
“Arduino”. The combination enables you to create projects that sense and control the physical world.
Arduino Ecosystem: Arduino is a complete development environment which means it has its own Integrated
Development Environment (IDE). The IDE is the programming software that comprises a text editor, a compiler
and development board with many input/output channels to connect to a huge number of external sensors and
physical world output devices. The IDE software is free, open-source, and cross-platform (Windows, Mac OSX
and Linux). The Arduino IDE is free to download from www.arduino.cc.

Extraordinary Popularity: Originally released in 2006, there has been over a million sales of Arduino boards
world-wide and an estimated $100 million in sales of devices, accessories and components. Arduino has
become the flagship economic engine that has built the Maker Movement. Arduino is used in many
educational programs around the world, particularly by designers and artists who want to easily create
prototypes but do not need a deep understanding of the technical details behind their creations. Because it is
designed to be used by nontechnical people, the software includes plenty of example code to demonstrate
how to use the Arduino board’s various facilities.

Educational Tool: Arduino has become popular because it is an exceptional platform for teaching the basics
of programing and basic electronics because it allows the student to see immediate results of their work.
Arduino is a platform that provides insight into technology because it is made up of strong components of
programming and basic electronics

Rapid Prototyping and Physical Computing:
There are many features of the Arduino platform that facilitate
'rapid prototyping'. We have seen that rapid prototyping generates creativity in developing new devices.
Arduino is designed to easily interface with the physical world unlike your friendly general purpose home
computer which interfaces with a mouse and a keyboard to humans and hooks up the the internet very well but
it is rather difficult and expensive to connect to your cellphone, garage door or control your air conditioning
system and a multitude of input/output devices that comprise the real world of 'physical computing'.

How to Get Started with Arduino
1. WeI recommend you start with an Arduino Starter Kit that includes an Arduino Uno board. You can buy an
Arduino Starter Kit from many online sources and locally at Radio Shack. Starter kit prices range for
$30 to $100. All good kits have the basic Arduino Uno board, a USB cable and a solderless breadboard
with some easy-to-connect wires for hooking up basic circuits. The prices vary due to the additional
accessories provided in the kit. Some of the better known and trusted online sources for Arduino
Starter Kits are: Sparkfun http://www.sparkfun.com/, Adafruit http://www.adafruit.com/,
Makershed http://www.makershed.com and the official Arduino web site www.arduino.cc

2. All of the major commercial online retailers listed above have figured out that providing well-written
tutorials for customers is an excellent way to market and promote sales of Arduino stuff. These major
retailers compete to have the best tutorials and as a result there is a huge amount of free training
information on their websites.

3. For basic tutorials on everything Arduino, checkout the official Arduino website www.arduino.cc which
is loaded with tons of information for beginners and advanced users.

4. Two of the best independent Arduino tutorial/project sites sites are: Tronixstuff.com
http://tronixstuff.com/2010/04/04/getting-started-with-arduino-chapter-zero/ and Instructables
http://www.instructables.com/

5. There are many books on the subject of getting starting with Arduino that can be found at major book
stores or Amazon.com. Four of the best that I recommend are listed here in order of complexity:

Getting Started with Arduino by Massimo Banzi,
httptp://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021414.do, For the complete beginner in electronics

Programming Arduino by Simon Monk,http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Arduino-Getting-
Started-Sketches/dp/0071784225, Everyone should get this book

Arduino by Jeremy Blum, http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Arduino-Techniques-Engineering-
Wizardry/dp/1118549368. Outstanding new book

Arduino Cookbook by Michael Margolis, http://www.amazon.com/Arduino-Cookbook-Michael-
Margolis/dp/1449313876. The best book ever written on Arduino

6. YouTube has many video tutorials and project on the subject of Arduino. One of the best series of
Arduino tutorials is by Jeremy Blum,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxzA9_kg6s.You can search 'Arduino' on YouTube to find many
more with varying degrees of quality.
7 Join the Bend Arduino Group http://www.meetup.com/Bend-Arduino-Group/
The Bend Arduino Group has been operating since April 2013 and we have ~
80 members We meet every other Wednesday evening and there is no charge
for membership. We provide a basic 6 hour course for beginners that have no
previous technical experience and an advanced users group working on
design projects of their own. We frequently have experts come in and speak
on interesting Arduino-related subjects. Many of our members are experienced
programmers who are gaining knowledge in hardware technology. Some
members have an interest in just understanding how all this technology
around us works and many want to design innovative devices of their creation.
To join, just visit our website listed above and sign up. Meeting announcements are
posted on the home page and members receive email reminders.
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