Step #1: PrevNext
- First, you must gather all of the parts needed. All you need is the following:
- An Arduino; any type will work.
- A computer with an Internet connection.
- Optional: An LED.
- Basic knowledge of the Arduino is recommended.
Step #2: PrevNext
- Next, download the Arduino software. Really easy.
- Plug in your Arduino and begin coding.
Step #3: PrevNext
- Now, to code, go to this link, and I will go through it.
- Now, the setup, is just that.
- You see all of the Serial.??? stuff? Well, that is coding up a way to communicate with the computer.
- and most commonly, you see that it says a bunch of "If" statments, like val == 'a'... Well basically, we are saying, if val = 'a' then do this, which, we blink and led to a certain beat, or morse out a signal. And basically, that's it.
Step #4: PrevNext
This is optional, but if you want to see a greater light than the one built in on the Arduino board, hook up an LED on pin thirteen.
Step #5: PrevNext
- Now, upload the sketch, and go to tools, and serial monitor on the Arduino programming program. Type whatever you want, and it will Morse it out.
- Note: This will be limited to letters, and nothing else is on there. So adjust it to do that.
Step #6: PrevNext
- As you can see, this will get boring, so here is a thing or two you can do to perfect this project or add to it.
- Add a pot! What if a pot controlled a variable, and that variable was used for timing? Thanks to Ben Hovinga for this idea.
- What if this controlled more than an LED? Maybe some solenoids? Motors? Or even less casual, a speaker?
- What if we added a display, and took away the computer part of this project?
- How about combining it all?
- These are all different ideas, but there are millions of things you can add. Be creative, and go make something.