Host: Tim Gibbon
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.
It’s based on the Atmel ATMega RISC based Microcontroller. It has Analogue and Digital I/O.
The platform is £20 for an Arduino Uno or £33 for one with a built in Ethernet shield. There is a compatible clone called the Shrimp which can be put together for £7.30 http://shrimping.it/blog/kits/.
Programmed using a simplified version of C. There is a brilliant IDE, which have example/reference code, an editor, a serial port monitor, a bootloader burner and front end to the compiler. One button and your code is compiled and your Arduino is running the code.
Get the Arduno’s to Blink an LED.
Get the Arduino to Blink Morse Code.
Get an Arduino to Receive Morse Code.