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current_Volume_bug.jpgI’m really excited about MAKE Volume 25, because we have a terrific 39-page special section about Arduino. If you don’t already know, Arduino is a electronics prototyping platform that allows you to quickly build interactivity into your projects. This microcontroller system allows you to connect different kinds of inputs (such as light sensors, motion sensors, sound sensors, humidity sensors, etc.) and write programs to process those signals to control devices that are hooked up to output pins (such as motors, buzzers, lights, solenoids, computers, etc.)

Our Arduino Revolution section includes a primer that shows you how to build your own Arduino from scratch and how to program it to do different things, such as blink an LED, or play sounds. We also have an article about a new kind of drag-and-drop Arduino programming system, called ModKit, that allows you to program your Arduino without having to write code. Other Arduino projects include making different kinds of game controllers using accelerometers or other sensors, converting a classic 1930s vintage telephone into a Skype telephone, making a a gumball machine that dispenses a treat only when you knock the secret rhythm on its front panel, and an automated yogurt maker.

Whether you’re an experienced microcontroller user, or a complete newbie, I think you’ll find our Arduino Revolution section of MAKE magazine to be fun and useful.

More:
Secret Gumball Machine on Make: Live
See our budding Make: Arduino landing page

Check out MAKE Volume 25:
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MAKE Volume 25: Arduino Revolution
Give your gadgets a brain! Previously out of reach for the do-it-yourselfer, the tiny computers called microcontrollers are now so cheap and easy to use that anyone can make their stuff smart. With a microcontroller, your gadget can sense the environment, talk to the internet or other hardware, and make things happen in the real world by controlling motors, lights, or any electronic device.

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Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the editor-in-chief of Make magazine, and the founder of the popular Boing Boing blog.


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