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The Details are a Little Sketchy, or How to Program your Arduino

So you've got an Arduino... and that eager little automaton is sitting there on your desk waiting for you to give it some marching orders. Don't know what to do next? Come join us for our Arduino beginner programming workshop!

Simply bring your laptop, an Arduino (or clone), and a USB cable. We will step you through your first Arduino programming gig. Things we will cover include:

* Arduino software installation
* Getting the Arduino connection and settings working
* Use example code, compile and upload to the Arduino
* Make the blinky light do what we want (Arduino's Hello World)
* Learn about libraries and use one of the built-in ones
* Talk about where to go from there

Preparation:
Please download the Arduino software before-hand. Get the appropriate one for your laptop from here http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software under the section "Download". We can help you install it, but it will save everyone's time if you can get the file off the net and onto your computer before we start.
Also, make sure your USB cable is the right one for your particular Arduino. Some use the original, some the mini, and some the micro. Connect your Arduino with the cable and verify that lights come on.

Note that as usual we will start our meetup with people sharing the projects they are making.

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  • Dave w.

    Enjoyed meeting everyone. Dan, thanks for organizing the meetup!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Conflict

    August 9, 2013

  • Adrian

    I'm already beyond the blinkenlight stage, but happy to help others

    August 7, 2013

  • Craig Z.

    Looks like we expect a really good turnout making it a good opportunity to share things with a new audience, even if you've shared them before. I hope to dust some stuff off to (briefly) show again.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    I am sorry in advance if this is not a place for asking such questions.

    I am planning to control a basic RC car using the arduino UNO, I bought a small car and cracked opened it, I thought I will be able to understand which wire is which and connect arduino easily, but I was wrong :). Can someone point me to a good forum to seek help?

    Here is the link
    http://arduinonewbie.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/help-me-understand-all-these-

    Thanks,
    Navneet

    August 5, 2013

    • Craig Z.

      Bring it to the meetup and you can probably get some help.

      August 5, 2013

    • Craig Z.

      Mark, I could be interested in eventually building one of the line followers. I'd enjoy doing the printing out if you were to share the STLs.

      August 7, 2013

  • scott

    I'd like to go but I need to get an arduino. Does anyone know where in Seattle I might get an uno and a cable?

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I found a bunch at RadioShack Bellevue, if there is a RadioShack in Seattle you may call them.

      August 5, 2013

    • Dave w.

      Vetco in Bellevue

      August 5, 2013

  • Michael T.

    BTW, the directions in the invitation showed the destination "Northshore Baptist Church". I just want to make sure we are meeting at Redmond Library, not the church. Can somebody confirm?

    August 4, 2013

    • Craig Z.

      I fixed the location so hopefully it is unambiguous and correct.

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    Happy to join the community, we just got our Arduino Starter Kit and completed our First few examples from the book. I would still like to hang out with like minded, is it ok if I attend? Also I started working with Arduino as my daughter (7 yrs old) is fascinated with robotics, is it ok if I bring her as well?

    Thanks,

    Navneet

    August 4, 2013

    • Craig Z.

      Our meetups are open to all levels of interest and experience, and no age limit (of course kids should be supervised). So, yes, by all means, please come and bring your daughter.

      August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome ... Thanks Craig :), excited to meet you all on 10th.

      August 4, 2013

  • Budi M.

    Hi Folks,
    I'd like to invite you to meet Rob Bishop from RaspberryPi.org He will be visiting & talking to Pi enthusiasts on August 22nd at Jigsaw Renaissance:
    http://www.meetup.com/DIYInternetOfThings/events/131196622/

    August 2, 2013

  • Dan T.

    Makers, due to the number of sign-ups for Arduino programming, we have had to change the venue. We will meet at the Redmond Library for this one.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Gil S.

    Any lilypad experts floating around these neck of the woods?

    July 17, 2013

    • Dan T.

      Hey Gil, the lilypads are programmed just like the regular 'duinos... with one difference, they don't have a built-in USB. You simply attach an appropriate serial-to-USB adapter, and install the driver for that adapter, and then the rest of the programming is the same.

      July 17, 2013

    • Gil S.

      Thanks for the heads up. I was just asking to see who i am pester since i am new to lilypad and arduino all together but my main focus will be lilypad.

      July 18, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Yay, blinkenlights.

    July 16, 2013

  • Cindy B.

    Hoping to join with my daughter. Thanks for the great workshops!!

    July 12, 2013

  • David S.

    I'm familiar with Arduinos already but coming to meet the group anyway.

    June 28, 2013

  • April A.

    Dan, your meetup titles and descriptions are very entertaining!

    1 · June 27, 2013

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