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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 20, 2012, 03:15:10 pm
Hi and thanks,

Plenty to be getting on with now...all good stuff.

Cheers

JonRon
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 19, 2012, 05:27:36 am
Hi,

Yea....getting a bit long in the tooth, so experience tell us that slower can be quicker in the end. I'm not in too much of a rush (at the moment!)

Uno or Mega for beginner?

Cheers

JonRon
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 19, 2012, 02:27:19 am
Hi,

Thanks for all the tips and encouragement.

Looks like the journey starts here.

Cheers

JonRon
4  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 18, 2012, 02:32:44 pm
Hi,

Thanks.

I'm OK on general electronics...for me this is all about taking that quantum leap into microcontrollers. If as you say this size of project is straight forward then no doubt I would add in some form of display output and a few user input controls...presumably that is also dooable? (after I get the hang of it all, of course!).

Cheers

JonRon

5  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 18, 2012, 02:07:00 pm
Hi and thanks,

Before committing myself I’ve got another question (which I don't think is answered elsewhere):

Without boring you with too many details; the project I have in mind is the circulation (using a pump) of a gas in a sealed environment.

The environment is divided into 4 areas, each can be isolated by a motorised valve (or similar valve). The condition of each valve is influenced by temperature and humidity sensors in each area and also a time duration period.

The pump is switched to a timing schedule and possibly additional sensor inputs.

Is all this doable with an Arduino(s)?

Cheers

JonRon
6  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 18, 2012, 02:33:37 am
Hi,

Thanks for your replies.

I came across Arduino whilst looking for a suitable humidity sensor (SHT11) for my project. My plan initially was to build a logic circuit with a few gates etc (yea I know a bit old fashioned) and it was this sensor which got me thinking that microcontrollers are going to be a more versatile and the circuit board less complicated.

A quick internet search revealed that there is an array of microcontrollers out there with differing languages and I really want to find the microcontroller which will do the job and stick with it; learning just the one language!

I'll give it a go, buy an Arduino Uno and experiment....all looks very interesting.

Cheers

JonRon

7  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Absolute beginner..How do I get started? on: November 17, 2012, 02:29:25 pm
Hi,
I've had an interest in electronics for many years but have stayed clear of microcontrollers.

The time has come to learn about them as I've got a project in mind that would be better built this way. The project involves taking a few inputs from various sensors and the outputs  will operate a small pump and some shut off valves. Ultimately if all works then I might build a few more controllers for friends.

I realise that it isn't going to be a quick fix and that I'll have quite a bit to learn right from the very basics.

Arduino seems to figure in every Google search so I imagine that it might be the right place for me to start.

Am I in the right place (with Arduino) or are there better starting points for me?
If I manage to learn enough and the prototype works OK then what sort of hardware do I use in future productions?
Is there a step by step guide that will help me out?

Cheers

JonRon
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