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  • none 12:00 am il December 28, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Earth Design’s guide to Arduino, Dailyduino,Daniel Andrade,Make: 

    At Earth Design’s guide to Arduino you can download for free another guide for beginners to Arduino.

    The handbook is simple and well illustrate with good reproduction of circuits and projects.
    I don’t know exactly where it comes from and I cannot remember where I found it (damned information overload), but the illustrations reminds me the Fritzing software , good for beginners since is very basic and  low-fi.

    Good starting point  for practice and anyway guides are always welcome.

    You can also have a look at Dailyduino a website a step further from my level, but a good place for resources.

    I just love Daniel Andrade and his blog, he is an Arduino’s amateur and in his blog you can find a good section dedicated to Arduino, but if you have the time, please check out the other posts about electrical circuits, hacking,Linux and more!
    I used one of his tutorial for the code for the temperature sensor and the background of my desktop right now is the wallpaper he made, you can see it at Arduino wallpaper

    And the article about Arduino on Make:.

    Annunci
     
  • none 1:00 am il December 16, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Second date with Arduino 

    That’s the second date and I’m not still sure about my feelings for Arduino.I Don’t know what to think because I’m attracted to it but I’m scared it’s going to use me .

    (Leggi il resto…)

     
  • none 12:34 am il December 16, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    hearphones to light up a led! 

    That’s what I’ve done in two endless days:

    advice for blondes: you don’t have necessarily  invest two days of your life to make the same sound sensor but just a bunch of minutes if you are well concentrated.

    (If you want just see the tutorial and skip the story behind -and of course you’re a man if you don’t mind the story behind- go to Arduino for man| Tutorials)

    (Leggi il resto…)

     
  • none 11:30 pm il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Arduino to ME 

     
  • none 9:41 pm il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    BreadBoard, this stranger. 

    I don’t have an immediate solution to understand what a breadboard is and how it works.

    take the breadboard in your hand, touch it and turn it, explore it until you feel confident with it and start to use it.

    I can just suggest you  some slides I made (available on Slideshare )

    breadboard for blondes

    and a cool video on Youtube.

    Hope this can help!

     
  • none 12:57 am il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    first date with Arduino 

    Arduino

    That’s how Arduino came into my home just a couple of days ago, bringing with it a lot of stuff and claiming for some new clothes.

    This  small case is very catchy  and makes you want start immediately. But once you opened  it you’re in front of a different scenario,  your first thought is to assemble all this pieces of plastic scattered everywhere,  trying to figure out what all this mess is about.

    Let’s say that a real blonde first put her name on the case ( a beauty case for her), so everybody will know that Arduino is her man.

    As  said before Arduino is a spoiled child and it wants to play only with his friends. I mentioned Processing but that is just a name on the long list.

    Let’s start to say that for running Arduino you first have to download the software at http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software-you can also find that directory from the main page at http://arduino.cc– as you’ll see there’s an Arduino version for all the Operating Systems including Linux.

    For Linux Users: you have to check out if your settings are right, see you if the repository Multiverse is running and then install the packages sun-java%-jre, gcc-avr and avr-libc. Then from shell write sudo update-alternatives –config java. Download Arduino, extract the folder and keep on using the shell enter in the directory (i.e. cd Desktop) then in the folder (cd arduino-0017) and then launch the program with: sh Arduino.

    What you’ll see is an ambient based on java very similar to Processing. That is where you write all the codes to communicate with Arduino,REMEMBER TO TICK THE BOX IN TOOL->SERIAL BOX, and plug Arduino by its USB.

    Other Arduino’s friends you’ll need sooner or later are:

    • third hand
    • multimeter
    • soldering
    • tin
    • cable
    • metal scissors
    • cutter
    • cutting math
    • metal rule
    • glue

    ..and more.

    Arduino’s language is very similar to Processing so I suggest you to being familiar with it to better afford Arduino .

    There are good guides and books around to getting start with Arduino as:

    http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/HomePage First step
    http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage Some Tutorials
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/08/how_to_getting_started_with_ar.html at Craftzine.com
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/7623505/Arduino-Notebook-v1 Arduino Notebook form Scribd.

    or if you’re a paper nostalgic you can have a look at the book: Getting Started With Arduino by Massimo Banzi.

    here some of my disasters:


     
  • none 11:14 pm il December 14, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Arduino for Blondes: not because blondes are stupid but because we’re all blondes 

    Here we are in this new adventure.

    First of all i want to explain the title of the category.

    Arduino for blondes. I’ve nothing against blondes, some of my friends are blondes and I’ve learned to live with their disease :P. The things you’re going to read in this part of the blog are just ‘blondes standard’ just because are written like a blonde would do.

    I’m not blonde, but i feel like my approach with Arduino is absolutely  blonde, and i hope what you’re going to read will help you to understand more of this still unexplored world.

    This is technology  as I see it. Excuse my poor slang and have a laugh to all my unusual explanations and reality based mistakes.

    Take Arduino Less Serious!

    So what is Arduino?

    Well I’m not very good with technical explanation so i’m going to leave the place to an authoritative quotation:

    http://arduino.cc

    Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

    Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

    So to me is like a blanc paper to fill with your ideas to communicate with everybody around you but before you can use it in an efficent way you have to learn the native language.

    It’s not easy, but the future is open and at the moment Arduino is the future.

    I’m not going to bore you, so I’m not going to explain in details Arduino’s features and how it works, for this kind of explanations I prefer  address you to these rich and influential articles: from Wired, Make:, Arduino Official Webpage and in a real blonde style we cannot forget Wikipedia, the official blondes’ resource Wikipedia Arduino. Make: is my favourite because also you can find there videos and guides made  by the users to use Arduino, I don’t know the color of their hair.

    If Paris Hilton would read one of those articles mentioned before, probably she would spend interminable minutes wondering about what a Micro-controller or a single board micro-controller is (well i did it too ..Paris!) you can have a look at the links, as always from Wikipedia.

    As in real life I’m good with pronunciation but I’m a disaster with the grammar…so..I’m going to fail a lot and i will try to use my hand at the best to make things more clear.

    For all the other incomprehensible terminology, be patient, we’ll have time step by step to explain everything.

    From now to the next days our goal is finding the X, and draw an arrow and a circle will not be enough.

     
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