Need Help

I am a really starter for Arduino. I would like to know what kinds of electronic accessory should I buy when I only have a Arduino board. I may have to use these to have control of temperture,force,moment,light intensity and so on...... I also want to know if there are any shops I can buy these Arduino products,such Accessories and board in BRISTOL? Tahnk you soooo much!

1- You could buy a good starter kit. Depending on your project, you might not even need to solder anything, only by using breadboard and jumpers. If not : Soldering station, Soldering iron, Solder, desoldering pump, cleaning sponge, safety glasses, own made carbon air filter ( :wink: optional) and practice.

2-Again, a good kit will have these kind of sensors.
For exemple, the ARDX come with a Force-Sensitive Resistor, temperature sensor, photoresistor, etc. Moment? I think you mean time. In this case, either use the on-board clock or buy a RTC (real time clock) module (IC= DS1307 for exemple).

3- http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Buy

I have no idea if there is a actual shop that might sell them. If they are, I personnally believe that they sell china quality clones. Don’t take my words into account, I just trust a little more official re-sellers. If you are aware of any electronic re-seller in your area, this might be your best luck to get anything.

I also want to know if there are any shops I can buy these Arduino products,such Accessories and board in BRISTOL?

Either post your location in your profile, or at least tell us which "Bristol"? Sure, we could assume you mean "Bristol, UK" - but for all we know, you mean "Bristol, RI, USA" or "Bristol, TN, USA"...

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You might check out these guys, if you are in Bristol, UK:

http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/

They have starter kits, along with a free ebook download to work with the kits to learn how to use the Arduino (its a really nice ebook):

http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/10-arduino-duemilanove-compatible-starter-kit.html
http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/11-arduino-duemilanove-compatible-starter-kit.html

Regardless of where you are, at least check out the ebook that they offer for free download here:

http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/files/ASKManualRev4.pdf

Unfortunately, they are located in London, which from what I can gather is about 190 km away from Bristol (once again, if you are in the UK). They seem to be a web-store only, but you can give them a call to find out. Maybe you could order, set up a time to meet, and take a road trip? Could be a fun Saturday picnic, I suppose…?

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Isn’t Grumpy_Mike in the UK as well? Browse the other FAQs and ask him about a source, I’m sure he can steer you straight.

Maplins certainly sell the components. The don’t do anything in the way of ready made plug in modules but you can buy things like photoresistors and resistors. They’re a bit expensive but it’s nice to be able to go in and browse…

I would like to know what kinds of electronic accessory should I buy when I only have a Arduino board. I may have to use these to have control of temperture,force,moment,light intensity and so on......

A LCD Module ( 2x16 or 4x20 ) would be a great addition to your Arduino as you can output the display to the LCD instead of using Serial to monitor the output..

A Protoshield + mini breadboard is the 2nd useful accessories as you can do your prototype on it and some version have like 5 Vcc and % Ground pins on the side...

Jumper cables, lots of male-male jumper cables!!!!

I've wrote an Arduino blog for beginners, located at the WWW links below...

The only place in Bristol that i know of that can get them are the RS Trade Counter just off St Phillips Causeway Opposite the Showcase Cinema they don't actually carry them in stock but them will get them from their main depot next day which i found out when trying to buy one as a gift for a friend they also do a few very basic starter kits. Have a look at their website RS-Online.com