I've really been enjoying the bits of hardware programming and tinkering I've done lately, so I picked up an Arduino starter kit. I was going to wait, but my awesome husband convinced me otherwise and I was quite pleased when it showed up in the mail today, I admit.
(the small, unmarked box is a 9v power supply)
I'd meant to pick up a Plano box today to put everything in, but forgot, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a component box was included. There's also a nice, full-color project book.
Unfortunately, the nice little box isn't really big enough to organize everything inside of it, not if you want to keep the Arduino itself and the breadboard in the box, as well (also not if you're as obsessive about organization as I am).
Speaking of the (Sunfounder clone) Arduino...
One more, just because I have a decent cell phone camera now and can take shots like this.
Here's what's included in the kit:
- 1x SunFounder Mega 2560 Board
- 1x RGB LED
- 1x Project Box
- 40x Pin Header
- 1x Timer 555
- 2x Optocoupler 4N35
- 2x Shift Resister 74HC595N
- 1x H-Bridge L293D
- 1x Accelerometer ADXL335
- 1x Rotary Encoder
- 5x Push-Button small
- 8x Resistor 220 Ohm
- 4x Resistor 1k Ohm
- 4x Resistor 10k Ohm
- 1x Resistor 1M Ohm
- 1x Resistor 5.1M Ohm
- 1x Switch
- 1x Trim Pot - 50k
- 1x LCD Character Display 16x2
- 1x Dot Matrix Display 8x8
- 2x 7-Segment Character Display
- 1x DC Motor
- 16x LED red
- 2x LED white
- 2x LED green
- 2x LED yellow
- 2x Transistor NPN
- 2x Transistor PNP
- 4x Capacitor Ceramic 100nF
- 4x Capacitor Ceramic 10nF
- 4x Diode Rectifier
- 1x Breadboard
- 1x USB Cable
- 65x Male to Male Jumper Wires
- 20X Female to Male Dupont wires
- 1x Piezo Buzzer
- 1x Fan
By "project box" I thought they meant a small case for the Arduino, or a box to build a project in - like an RPi case or those boxes you used to be able to get at Radio Shack in the 80s, but it's the blue storage box.
This seems like a good place to start for someone new to Arduino. I'm hoping for hours of entertainment and learning.
I've wanted to do this for a while. I had an Arduino with a similar starter kit once before, but it was several years ago, right at the beginning of a long stretch of eye problems (glaucoma, cataract, and the many surgeries that followed). I never did get into it then because I couldn't see well enough to do anything. I ended up giving that kit to a good friend.
Thus begins my long-overdue foray into the world of Arduino programming.
Update: Ahhh, that's better....