Hello there, I've just begun exploring into Arduino in China and bought an Arduino Uno R3 kit.
When browsing sites back home (Canada), I realized the prices are fairly expensive there compared to here.
I will be playing around with Arduino in the years to come and am looking also to branch out into ARM and other boards once I'm educated enough about circuit board and how to program @ lower levels.
I won't be staying in China for long, and am heading back to Canada in a month or so. What sort of parts and quantity of it should I get (including wires) in order to have a comprehensive package?
What I currently do know is I'll be grabbing a ton of sensors. It seems like I'll need soldering equipment. Quality & non quality LCD.
Generally speaking, if you can get anything, what would you get?
For example, if suddenly I have an idea few months later back home. I will already have all the parts for it and not need to purchase in Canada. If I follow Arduino educational books and it needed me to have certain equipment, I will already have them. Budget around $500CAD, which will get me a ton of stuff here.
Anything I should be aware of? (Ie. today i figured out that MEMs chip don't fit into arduino and needed solutions. / Yesterday I figured out I can avoid soldering for most parts.)
Mainly for my own education purposes to later branch out into boards more tiny than Arduino. It is then I'll make the switch.
Thanks for your time in advance. Pretty exciting these days that we can make stuff by ourselves.
By the way, if you felt like this question is too vast, it's because I'm not well educated in electronics. It'll help if you can break down the categories of stuff I needed to get. Ie. Sensor, types of parts etc...