Welcome to my blog about sharing my life long passion with electronics, software design and my newfound passion with micro-controllers and their open hardware and software platforms. This blog is a series of tutorials and experiments to allow hobbyists understand the basics of electronic design and software programming and be able to reproduce the experiments, add to them and create their own circuits and programs.
Experiments in this blog make use of the Arduino Uno, a micro-controller, and a few electronic components that come with starter kits that can be found on the Internet. Experiments were tested using SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. The kit comes with a SparkFun RedBoard, a version of the Arduino Uno micro-controller, a solderless breadboard, jumper wires and electronic components such as LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), resistors, light and temperature sensors, and more.
I recommend to the beginning enthusiast to procure a kit, whether from Sparkfun or other suppliers as they contain instructions on how to setup the Arduino, on how to get necessary software from the Internet, and how to use the software to program the micro-controller and make it work. Here is a non-exhaustive list of starter kits found on the Internet in no particular order.
- Arduino’s own starter kit
- DFRobot Beginner Kit for Arduino
- ELEGOO UNO R3 Project Complete Starter Kit
- Adafruit MetroX Classic Kit
- SunFounder Arduino Starter Learning Kit V2.0
- SparkFun Inventor’s Kit – V4.0
Once equipped with a kit, we will embark on a series of circuits and programs that will complement and further your starter kit experience with explanations, tips and ideas.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. — Khalil Gibran