Hello Arduino Community (I will remember how to spell it soon)!
I am no newbie to computers, or programming for that matter. But, I have always wanted to mess around with these boards and circuits. I have found Arduino to be my best bet, especially after I saw it in the "Popular Science" magazine. But, I have a few really newbie questions. I have tried Googling, and found one old thread on "Newbies to Arduino", but the link had changed and I could not find it. Anyway, here are the questions:
I see these "breadboards". Do I need one if I use the Arduino Fio (with XBee)?
Do I need to know how to solder (I am guessing "Yes")? Is there a kind you recommended?
Overall, if I want to have sensors reporting to the Fio, which reports to the house via another XBee hooked up via USB, and then a program handles it. Do I need anything more than the Fio, sensors, XBee, XBee USB dongle, and the program? Such as the breadboard and all that?
Are there any how-tos that explain this to people like me?
I feel really bad asking these easy questions, but I feel like I have looked my hardest, and there is nowhere else to go. Thanks in advanced. I see this is a nice, responsive forum, and look forward to staying awhile.Oh, and I might not respond for another 12 hours, since I am going to sleep. Just do not feel like I have abandon you all.
Do I need to know how to solder (I am guessing "Yes")?
I am gonna take my chances with the lead free solder, because I am not going to breathing in lead.
LOL, sounds like funny taking apart stuff with desoldering stuff.
All you need now is expensive cars in your collection of hobbies, cr0sh.
Is there anything else I should pick up?
If I use the Uno, and I get a breadboard, will I need to get capacitors?
Thanks cr0sh for the extra advice. I am so glad, I finally figured out how my sensors are going to work in the project I have in mind.That is a great point about the solder, and will remember that. I guess I never really thought about it. Thanks, point taken.
It would really suck if I took apart something that is worth money to get parts that if not removed would have been worth more. I will be on the lookout for those.
I will pickup some small shelving units for parts, or a tackle box. Maybe both, .
We have an old '79 GMC Grande Sierra, but the transmission is blown and the engine is gone too. The cab is in okay shape, but the seats are torn. It has toolboxes though and a all steel body, so it still has value for scrap, since I do not think they are worth money any more.
One more question: If I use the Uno, and I get a breadboard, will I need to get capacitors?
Oh, and how would I wire this sensor? It has three pins, and there is the same thing on LED lights. Link: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/245
Do you have any idea at what temperature lead vaporises (that is, changes state from liquid to gas - ie, boils)? Over 3000 degrees F;
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