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Title: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 03, 2012, 12:29 pm
Hi. We have just launched this awesome kit.
We found it was good to give this kit a landing page on the forum, and here we are ;)

Post your questions, comments, advices, thoughts about the kit in this section.
it you have a problem on a peculiar project of the book open the thread with [project number / project name] true title

e.g. thread title: [3/Love-o-meter] LEDs don't turn on

Ciao!
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: dxw00d on Oct 03, 2012, 04:14 pm
For the uninitiated, like myself, what is an Arduino Starter Kit? I've looked on the Blog, the Hardware page and the Store, and I can't see it mentioned.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 03, 2012, 04:39 pm
You can find more information at the page arduino.cc/starterkit (http://arduino.cc/starterkit).

The Arduino starter kit is on sell on RS components (http://it.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/7617355/?) on line store and in few weeks will be available on the Arduino Store (http://store.arduino.cc) and on all the other distributors.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: quaint on Oct 04, 2012, 09:23 am
Are you planning to release included book separately?
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 04, 2012, 10:23 am
The book is written on the components included in the box, they work together to make easier the path. So it won't be sell separately.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: SteveRH on Oct 06, 2012, 12:26 am
Well as a complete electronics newb who has just got one of these new starter kits (it's a short but complicated story involving trans-world chats on Skype, bespoke PC construction and a need to learn about this sort of thing), it's a very convincing piece of work. Any comments I make have to be put into the context of only having set up the boards, software and connection to date.

So far, the bads are trivial (1) The very small self tapping screws - I couldn't find any so I made do with some 10BA bolts - it would save a lot of time if they were supplied, (2) the English used isn't perfect but the text and instructions are so clearly written, it doesn't matter. For anybody who regularly uses forums to communicate with people for whom English may be their 2nd or 3rd language, it's barely noticable - I'm being really picky.

The good things are really obvious (1) It's really nice to get a pack of bits and pieces which are *not* supplied just in a plastic bag which is packed with other plastic bags in a bigger plastic bag, etc. The box it all comes in is well designed, tidy and compact. If my interest develops then I can take responsibilty for providing more permanent storage (plastic) as and when it's required. (2) As an original Arduino kit, the parts included constitute far better value than other starter kits on the market, (3) And you get a 170 page manual too. (4) And then there's the video tutorials on the RS site to help as well - and the presenter (Massimo Banzi) knows how to communicate.

So far so good and you might be getting another couple of orders from Australia pretty soon.

Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: skyholm1 on Oct 11, 2012, 11:45 pm
I got the book and kit today.   This board was suggested a few months ago at a convention for a project.  After seeing a good  novice project  I thought it would be fun to get started.  I have installed phone office systems in the past so did not think much when it said some assembly required for the battery pack.   What pole to I connect the red  wire to?
I have search the net for instructions for the barrel jack, but at this time I have lost 6 hrs.  I drove around  to the different Radio Shacks but they where out of the barrel jack, I can order the $2.95 assembled jack online.  As I have already purchased an uno, before finding the kit during my quest for a barrel jack,  I kinda feel I have wasted enough time and money.  "Down about $150 with duplicate purchases, after buying the kit." I can put in your entire electric system for your house, but this little bit of information seem to escape me, and has stopped me dead in  my project.

The coding once I get the power connected looks easy,  did some c+ and java afew years  back.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mbanzi on Oct 12, 2012, 01:39 am
SteveRH

thanks for the feedback :)

Just a short note about the text. The text in the book was written 99% by an american living in new york and reviewed by an american living in california + an american living in italy :)
It would be interesting to see which part didn't sound right to you. (You should read my book, written by an Italian that must sounds weird but I did fight to keep the british spelling :)

thanks

m
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Oct 12, 2012, 09:51 pm
He (skyholm1) is actually referring to the MakerShed Ultimate & Basic Starter kits he got from RadioShack.  That explains the lack of instructions.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: Sazex on Oct 17, 2012, 05:23 am
I'd love to purchase this kit; however at the moment it seems Rs components does not sell to North American countries. Does anyone know when the kit will be made available to the United States? Or if it is already available in the United States, where might I purchase/order one? Thanks.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 17, 2012, 01:58 pm
Ciao Sazex.
The kit will be available on the Arduino store (http://store.arduino.cc/) and on all the arduino's distributors from the 22nd of october ;)
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: DietCoke on Oct 17, 2012, 10:34 pm
Hi,

I've been looking at the Arduino Due info, and as a completely inexperienced person coming into this for the first time I am not sure as to the significance of that release.  When it is released will the kit be updated to include the Due instead of the Uno r3 board? 

While I don't want to spend a ton getting into something I haven't done before, I do want to make sure that I have the best tools to learn with.  If the Due is released and the kit doesn't replace the Uno board, should I still go for the Due and buy the starter kit as well?  And would the lessons taught in the starter kit translate for use on the Due?

Thank you for any insight you can provide!

DC
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mbanzi on Oct 18, 2012, 02:33 am
DietCoke

starting from zero on the Due is not recommended.
Get the starter kit and learn on the Uno then when you're an expert consider the Due.

m
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: DietCoke on Oct 18, 2012, 05:35 am

DietCoke

starting from zero on the Due is not recommended.
Get the starter kit and learn on the Uno then when you're an expert consider the Due.

m


Thank you - that's exactly what I wanted to know.  I appreciate you taking the time!

DC
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: Sazex on Oct 19, 2012, 08:59 am

Ciao Sazex.
The kit will be available on the Arduino store (http://store.arduino.cc/) and on all the arduino's distributors from the 22nd of october ;)


Thank you very much for the information. XD
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: Bumpasticka77 on Oct 20, 2012, 01:21 am
Will there be a version that comes with the Uno not assembled for a lesser price?
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mightcouldb1 on Oct 22, 2012, 07:43 am
Will I be able to purchase this on October the 22nd in the USA?  Who is the suggested retailer?

Cheers!
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: DietCoke on Oct 22, 2012, 06:47 pm
I've been very excited to see this become available.  In terms of Euros it looks to be about $104.  But when I go to purchase it and select shipping, the only option is UPS Express Saver.  That on its own wouldn't be a big deal, but the quote for shipping is €61.57 - about $80.00! Unless Google's conversion rate is completely wrong, this is a crazy number.

There isn't a chance on earth that I'd pay that much for shipping for something this small.  Do you have any US suppliers?

Thanks,
DC
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 22, 2012, 08:38 pm

Will there be a version that comes with the Uno not assembled for a lesser price?


Bumpasticka, there won't be a version without Arduino.


Will I be able to purchase this on October the 22nd in the USA?  Who is the suggested retailer?


mightcouldb1, dietCoke, the starterkit will be available soon on Adafruit or Sparkfun ;)
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: leotse on Oct 23, 2012, 05:14 am
Will there be any retailers in Canada? I would love to pick one up from a local store when it's available.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: Sazex on Oct 23, 2012, 10:00 am
Sorry if I sound a bit hasty, but would one of these happen to be the official starter kit, or are they just Adafruit's own starter kits?

http://www.adafruit.com/products/170

http://www.adafruit.com/products/68
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: franzR on Oct 23, 2012, 10:03 am
Hi, I'm from Milan, I saw (on the Store) that the starter kit is already sold out!! Do I have to wait until is available again (when will it be?) or do I have to check some other source (which one)?

Thanks
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 23, 2012, 10:54 am

Will there be any retailers in Canada? I would love to pick one up from a local store when it's available.


Leotse, here (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Buy) the list of the Arduino distributors, there are some in Canada.


Sorry if I sound a bit hasty, but would one of these happen to be the official starter kit, or are they just Adafruit's own starter kits?


They will have the original one (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoStarterKit) in few weeks, just some logistic time.


Hi, I'm from Milan, I saw (on the Store) that the starter kit is already sold out!! Do I have to wait until is available again (when will it be?) or do I have to check some other source (which one)?


Ciao franzR, yes, the kits went sold out already and they will be soon available again, but during the while RS components (http://it.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=arduino) has some ones in stock.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: meanpc on Oct 25, 2012, 07:47 am
Is the project book copyrighted?  Is there a pdf available to download?
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: organicmingle246 on Oct 28, 2012, 07:24 pm
The Arduino Starter kits are sold out. When will you guys have more to sell. Could you please notify me, thank you.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: organicmingle246 on Oct 28, 2012, 07:31 pm
Sorry i just read that you said some will come in a couple of weeks. Another question.
Can a quadrotor drone be built from an Arduino base? just wondering?
Also how can i control my arduino via my computer instead of a remote control. Or is that not possible?
I am a beginner i know nothing in robotics but some day that is what i would like to do.
Thank you
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: seekerky on Oct 28, 2012, 07:55 pm
No kits in the US?
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Oct 28, 2012, 11:45 pm
No stock in the US yet, but here are some US sites that have them in their plans.

http://www.adafruit.com/category/17 (http://www.adafruit.com/category/17)

http://www.nkcelectronics.com/Arduino_c_9.html (http://www.nkcelectronics.com/Arduino_c_9.html)

https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/new_products (https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/new_products)
Actually SparkFun only is listing the Due, hopefully they will list the Starter Kit also.

Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 29, 2012, 10:09 am

Is the project book copyrighted?  Is there a pdf available to download?


Ciao. The book is not available on pdf.

Seekerky, as Hinduino said, the kit will be available on Adafruit, Sparkfun and many others distributors (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Buy) soon.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Oct 29, 2012, 10:20 am

Can a quadrotor drone be built from an Arduino base? just wondering?
Also how can i control my arduino via my computer instead of a remote control. Or is that not possible?


organicmingle246, in the topic robotics (http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,14.20.html) you can find answer to your questions and help ;)
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: McRunBecks on Oct 29, 2012, 06:21 pm
there are currently 3 available at
http://australia.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/7617355/
the site says 4 available but i just brought one of them
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: infiniduino_1 on Oct 30, 2012, 02:48 am
Hi there, just saw that it's sold out in the Arduino store, and i checked the Canadian distributors and none of them have it yet. Can't even find them on ebay. I hate to repeat previous questions, but does anyone know roughly when they will be back in stock in the Arduino store and/or when Canadian distributors will start carrying them?

Thanks
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Oct 30, 2012, 04:18 am
Yes, I got a reply from the Arduino Store that it will be in stock around Nov 15th or so.

Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lamc44 on Oct 30, 2012, 09:52 pm
Does anyone know which distributor in Mexico will sell this starter kit???, I'm really interested in getting one.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Oct 31, 2012, 11:23 pm
For those interested in orders from the US, NKC is taking orders now and shipping Nov 5th.

http://store.nkcelectronics.com/The-Arduino-Starter-Kit_p_383.html (http://store.nkcelectronics.com/The-Arduino-Starter-Kit_p_383.html)

Same for the Due

http://store.nkcelectronics.com/Arduino-DUE-board_p_382.html (http://store.nkcelectronics.com/Arduino-DUE-board_p_382.html)

Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mbanzi on Nov 01, 2012, 01:20 am
The first batch went out super quick... now there is a stupid component that is late.. but I know the factory bought a lot of them to make sure we don't run out again

thanks for your patience

m
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Nov 03, 2012, 02:25 am
I just received my Starter Kit in today.  The kit is very well done.  The project book appears very well written also.  It has clear instructions and explanations.  The book is well laid out with pictures and diagrams and code examples.  I'm looking forward to go thru this kit with my daughter who just got started with Arduino.

Excellent Job Arduino team!


Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mbanzi on Nov 03, 2012, 12:05 pm
hiduino

thanks for the feedback!
It was a lot of work so i'm glad you like it!!

m
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: WRutamatt on Nov 09, 2012, 10:33 am
Great work with Arduino starter kit!
i received it yesterday from RS Components, beautiful package, and much more i'd appreciate the book too, at 60yo as absolute beginner in electronics i'm happy to say i have  understood this night more than in previous 60 years :).
Just an info about Project2- Love-o-meter- : the temperature sensor, as referred in the book,  is supposed to be a TMP36.
In my "components box"  the temp sensor is not a TMP 36, and seems it works badly,  may be because it is not a TMP36 ? May be the data in the datasheet are not the same as TMP36?
ty
Walter 
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: mbanzi on Nov 09, 2012, 10:34 am
what does it say on the sensor?

m
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: WRutamatt on Nov 09, 2012, 02:32 pm
really difficult to read, may be something as

tmp 38GZ #1139 217181

ty for your answer

Walter
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: hiduino on Nov 10, 2012, 04:04 am
My kit says TMP 36GZ ...
Try using a magnifier if you are having a hard time reading the small text.

Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: WRutamatt on Nov 10, 2012, 09:17 am
Hiduino
may be u are right :) , sorry me .
ty
Walter
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: MarkEMarkEMark on Nov 12, 2012, 07:16 pm
I've just received this kit. (RS in the UK still have some)

I have to say, it is absolutely beautiful! The book is so well designed and colourful - making it worthwhile not being a Kindle version.

I can't wait to get started tinkering. I'm not a total beginner - but I like supporting Arduino.

The only slight issue is that the bolts that are to attach the arduino to the board are stick out about twice as far as the legs, meaning they can't be used. I'm sure that I can pick up some from a hardware store - or I could put them in upside-down and have the bolts stick out on top.

Well done Massimo for such a lovely product. Thanks.
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: ole_kristensen on Nov 15, 2012, 01:58 pm
As a long-time educator and purchaser of Arduino-kits at a major educational institution, I just wanted to give my 5 cents.

Pro:
The components and projects look very entertaining and you do not spare more complex stuff such as an H-bridge and LCD-display, great!

Cons:
The book is not available online, it is only in print and i presume you have copyrighted it.
The box in boxes will break if the kits need to be lent to students, sequentially.

Those are my first remarks, if you get closer to spark fun, you'd stifle my doubts, and we'd start supporting Arduino at the source.
However the con's are deal breakers for us.

best / ole kristensen
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lamc44 on Dec 04, 2012, 06:01 pm
Hi!!!

I got my arduino kit XD, but the wooden base have missing pieces  :smiley-eek: =( (B,C,D and 2 A).
How could you help me to get them????
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Dec 04, 2012, 06:32 pm

Hi!!!

I got my arduino kit XD, but the wooden base have missing pieces  :smiley-eek: =( (B,C,D and 2 A).
How could you help me to get them????


pls send an e-mail at store@arduino.cc and they'll find surely a solution ;)
Thanks
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: luchino on Dec 12, 2012, 07:55 pm
Tomorrow my starter kit arrives. I'm newb of electronics  :smiley-red: so i'm gonna abuseted of your patience!!!  ;)
Thank u very much for the possibility to reach such a tecnology.
I'm gonna to use it (or better i hope to be able to use it) to renew my didatic farm (i have a web site but don't know if i can post it and if it is of interest).
Anyway, thanks to those who animates the forum
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: lcdaria on Dec 13, 2012, 09:23 am
Ciao Luchino, sure you can. Hope you enjoy. Let us know if you hack some of the projects :)
Title: Re: Arduino Starter Kit Section Guidelines
Post by: luchino on Dec 13, 2012, 01:58 pm
Starter kit arrives at day 4 since my order. In time.  XD
Organizing my working place and starting.
Thank you

www.lamasseriadipolverara.it only in italian language, don't mind to traslate till now... if someone want to practice ;)