Workshop 88 is offering a follow-up to the Introduction to the Arduino class featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with various sensors and learning to use the serial protocol with the arduino. If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class. Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.
Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:
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.
You can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.
What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.
You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded installed.
Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
|From Workshop 88 – Learn to Solder|
Last night’s Learn to solder class was really great! Thanks goes out to Eric for showing us his best tips and tricks for soldering and desoldering.
What class or workshop would you like to see at Workshop 88? Let us know!
A successful if low attendance Hack Night was had on Monday night.
Randy worked on reviving an Apple Time Capsule. The dead internal power supply was removed so an external supply could be substituted. A power connector was salvaged (using the fine desoldering tool provided by Branden) from a surplus computer power supply so as to add a new power plug to the external supply. The supply was then tested and found to properly power the Time Capsule.
I (Karl) continued to work on my Visual Timer project, and am in the process of adding a couple of buttons for setting the timer length from the board rather than setting it within the sketch.
Quick summary of Visual Timer: controlled by an Arduino UNO, a sequence of green LEDs dim and go out as the timer counts down. When the timer expires, all green LEDs will be dark and a red LED will light up.