It’s SOOO much fun! Being a programmer I really find this exciting since I never had the occasion to program on some real hardware before. I got myself the ARDX Experimentation starter kit from Oomlout and orderer a few tools and other things to play with as a way to really get started into electronics. I followed about 3 of the sample projects before building something more challenging with more programming involved.
I managed to put 2 8-bit shift registers and 7 bi-colour LEDs (8 LEDs wouldn’t fit on the board the way I wanted them to be ;D) and added a push button and a potentiometer. I programmed 5 different animations that you can scroll trough by pressing the push button and you control the speed of the animation by adjusting the potentiometer. Building and programming this was really fun and I might post something in the Exhibition forum to show it.
I’m planning on maybe using the arduino to do some home hacking. Like turning lights on when someone enters a room or controlling anything in the house from a computer connected to the internet. Anyone has any cool ideas of home hacking or links for ressources on the subject?