Fun with micro-controllers!

Fun with micro-controllers!

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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Steven and Sarah write – “Exploring micro-controllers with the Arduino NG development system. Seen here running in standalone mode with a 9V battery. Arduino makes embedded programming fun and easy by bringing together a clean and simple hardware and software development environment.

Here, I’m messing with reading analog input from a 10k potentiometer and PWM (pulse width modulation) of leds to produce variable brightness.”Link.

From the pages of MAKE:

  • Arduino Fever – The tale of a cute, blue microcontroller that fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and the expanding community of developers who love and support it. MAKE 07Page 52 (log in here).
  • Arduino Fever – PDF preview MAKE 07 – Link.


  • Arduino, the Basic Stamp killer? – Link.
  • GSM / GPS modules & Arduino boards @ Spark Fun – Link.
  • HOW TO – Arduino breadboard shield – $10 & 10 mins – Link.
  • PC to real world interfacing USB board – Link.

4 thoughts on “Fun with micro-controllers!

  1. rcox says:

    I bought my Arduino two months ago, and boy am I enjoying it. I’ve wanted to try microcontroller programming for some time, but was put off by the cost of a development board, programmer, and software. The Arduino’s $30ish pricetag made me take the leap. I now have the Arduino commanding a Rumble Robots drive unit. Once I get some sensors working, I’ll have a legit autonomous robot–it’s a dream project!

  2. says:

    Hey, that’s me! That picture is part of my preparation for setting up an RFID doorlock system. It’s based on the free RFID Toys chapter at but I’ll be using an arduino/atmega8 setup and Limor’s/Ladyada’s Minty Boost 5v power system to run it.

    I’ll post more pics to the make group as I go about getting my RFID implant, and start building the board and installing. I’ll also include a link in the pics to my blog where I’ll include schematics and arduino code.

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