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mablem8
01-16-2011, 07:58 AM
I acquired an Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc/) Uno board a few months back, but so far it's only been sitting there on my desk. I couldn't decide on what to do with it. So I ended up buying a "30 Arduino Projects" book, and it has some good beginning ideas. I think I'll start by building an oscilloscope.

Anybody else have any experience with Arduino? Any favorite places to order electronic components online? Suggestions for shields or expansions? Favorite projects?

fugu13
01-16-2011, 08:49 AM
I do not yet have experience with Arduino, though I'm hoping to at some point when I have more spare cash. There's an awesome local place called Metrix: Create Space that has such nice things as electronic parts all over, Arduinos in a vending machine, and even their own circuit etching thing (I don't remember the real name), though last I heard they were still working out the kinks of using that (they're going to produce their own Arduino boards, among other things). It isn't even their main focus, which is more on laser cutting/3d printing/etc.

For purchasing random electronics, I think http://www.sparkfun.com/ is probably pretty good; they're partners with http://www.ponoko.com , which is an awesome making site.

fugu13
01-16-2011, 08:51 AM
For projects, here are a few of my pie in the sky ideas (combining an arduino with other making materials, generally):

A sous vide device (the arduino would run a PID controller). A planetarium (actually, this could probably be made sans arduino). Radar.

Traumadore
01-16-2011, 09:07 AM
For projects, here are a few of my pie in the sky ideas (combining an arduino with other making materials, generally):

A sous vide device (the arduino would run a PID controller). A planetarium (actually, this could probably be made sans arduino). Radar.

whoa, I didn't know stuff like this existed. My fiancee makes mechanical toys, and this could be a really excellent platform for something more complicated. Everything she's made so far has been crank operated, but I think switching something on and watching it go would be magical, especially if it has some lights and sounds. These are only $30 too? Awesome!

Mazian
01-16-2011, 04:31 PM
Any favorite places to order electronic components online? Suggestions for shields or expansions?

Adafruit (http://adafruit.com/) has a good selection of Arduino-specific offerings, shields especially.

mablem8
01-17-2011, 07:41 AM
There's an awesome local place called Metrix: Create Space that has such nice things as electronic parts all over, Arduinos in a vending machine, and even their own circuit etching thing (I don't remember the real name), though last I heard they were still working out the kinks of using that (they're going to produce their own Arduino boards, among other things). It isn't even their main focus, which is more on laser cutting/3d printing/etc.

Nice! I'll have to visit it next time I'm in the Seattle area.

Adafruit (http://adafruit.com/) has a good selection of Arduino-specific offerings, shields especially.

This place is a gold mine.