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Hello Arduino Members. I am new And i just joined the forums. well ima a guy who like to tinker with electronics and components even though I don't know much. So when I heard about Arduino I decided to check the site out and do some research on what Arduino is. So what easy projects can I make and what components do i need and what Arduino should I get?

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Welcome -- you are among like-minded individuals here!

There are 1000s of places to start, but let me recommend that you spend some time looking through the forums and examples on this site.

Grab a copy of "Getting Started with Arduino," and jump right in!

Another excellent place to start is with the "Arduino Cookbook."

There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those that don't.


also popular is - http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/files/ASKManualRev5.pdf -

or the books of Simon Monk (also a member on this forum)
Rob Tillaart

Nederlandse sectie - http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,77.0.html -
(Please do not PM for private consultancy)


Might as well use this thread to try and introduce myself, although I'm having major trouble with the site today.
I don't think it's just me as isup.me says arduino.cc is down to. I either get timeouts or 10 second+ page load times.

Anyway, Hello, I'm Jon, based in mid-Wales, interested in making products for people with visual impairments.

I had a great training course recently at BCA in Birmingham with Arduino-evangelist Garry Bulmer who was running an excellent one-day course.

I was so enthused I bought an Arduino Uno kit on the spot and was chuffed when, two evenings later with nothing more than the Uno, 1 switch, 1 resistor, 1 speaker and 3 bits of wire, I had the Uno saying "ready" and then "button up" or "button down" depending on the state.

Having never done MCU fiddling before, and my programming knowledge limited to PHP, I was quite pleased. Next project is to  see if I can make a light activated chicken-run door opener for under £20 using one of those £10 Mini Light's.

Things I want to do to start with to get going before the "proper" stuff...

  • Make a kitchen countdown timer that rings a little handbell for a few seconds.
  • Make a chicken door opener. Both for under £10 each.

Eventually I want to....

  • Build a data logger which will intercept and log the NIBE heat pump status and running time data from the external F2015 unit to the SMO 05 controller which runs on a CAT5 cable (once I've found out the data protocol!).

  • Interface with the IR interface "eye" of my electricity meter and log hourly readings of the actual energy usage (as opposed to the highly inaccurate but cheap clamp-the-wire monitors).

In fact, it turns out someone's already doing an Arduino project for the latter! Well, I'm here, I'm learning, I hope I can contribute one day.


based in mid-Wales

Welcome Jon, 
Wales is great, been there twice, (too) long ago.
Visited a.o. Brecon, Gower, Devils Bridge and GlanFairPG (even bought a tape to learn to pronounce it :)
Rob Tillaart

Nederlandse sectie - http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,77.0.html -
(Please do not PM for private consultancy)


Welcome to ArduinoLand! :)

Sometimes the forum/site can slow to a crawl, you just have to wait while someone cranks the handle on the server. ;)

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