All about Arduino

What is an Arduino?

Arduino is a physical computing platform based on a simple open hardware design for a single-board microcontroller, with embedded I/O support and a standard programming language.

How Arduinos have been used?

“It can be used to develop stand-alone interactive object or can be connected to a host computer. A typical Arduino board carries the controller, some digital and analogue I/O lines, and a serial or USB interface to the host. This host is used for both programming the board and run-time interaction with it. It generally do not have networking facilities, but it’s common to combine 1 or more Arduinos with a networked host, using it as hardware controllers and the host as a network or user interface. Host interfacing is easy, since the host software may be written in a variety of languages. A popular language is Processing, but other languages that can access the serial connection are MAX/MSP, ActionScript, Java, Pure Data and SuperCollider.”

List as many sensors that can be used with the Arduino.

Temperature Sensor (an example would be 3 pin chip LM37 to calculate the temperature of surrounding)

Pressure Sensor (sensitivity can be calculated through weight and pressure)

Touch Sensor (using conductive thread or wire-form to form another circuit)

Tilt Sensor (The tilt sensor is a component that can detect the tilting of an object)

Knock Sensor (capture the knock and if it is stronger than a certain threshold, it will send the string “Knock!” back to the computer over the serial port)

Ping Ultrasonic Range Finder (Ping – sending out a burst of ultrasound and listening for the echo when it bounces off of an object)

Webcam (detect colors, shapes or patterns that can be used with the Arduino)

Reflective Optical Sensor

Parallax Motion Sensor

Interesting Projects using Arduino


~ by dosozin on November 10, 2009.

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