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This week is the first part of a series about getting started with the Arduino. A few weeks ago I posted a quick how-to on using a force sensor with an Arduino and I received a lot of positive feedback. This led (no pun intended) me to the idea of a creating a series of how-to’s about our favorite little micro-controller, the Arduino. These are really informal how-to’s, they are meant to show you just how fast and easy it is to work with the Arduino.

This week is all about your first project, blinking an LED. In the weeks to follow I will cover everything from simple buttons, to working with motors, circuit bending, GPS units, and more. It will be fun, I promise!

Check out what people are doing with the Arduino on the MAKE website.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Arduino, including the IDE and USB drivers, can be found here.


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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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