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There are a few varieties - bluetooth, usb, mini
The bluetooth one is particularly nice because if you power it by battery it’s a completely
autonomous computing device.
Arduino has an open-source IDE which compiles and uploads code to the board for you.
There’s also an Applescript proxy for the Mac that lets you make hardware that controls your
according to wikipedia the average english-
speaking adult can read about three hundred
words per minute. so this slide contains exactly
one hundred words which will occupy your
attention for the next twenty seconds. this will
let me talk a little longer about the content on
the last slide which I'm surely I haven't yet
ﬁnished wafﬂing about.
it's surprising how much you can say in one
hundred words, and how quickly you run out of
ideas when writing them. kittens. kittens are
nice. everyone likes kittens. that's 86 words,
and here a few more. did you get here in twenty
The core of Arduino is a microcontroller, designed to interface with sensors and other electronics.
Wikipedia deﬁnes a microcontroller as “a computer-on-a-chip. It is a type of microprocessor
emphasizing self-suficiency and cost-eectiveness, in contrast to a general-purpose
microprocessor (the kind used in a PC).”
It’s not hard to wire up a few cheap components and make your own hardware toys
Or you can buy readymade components from tinker.it that are even easier to plug together