The Arduino project was created to provide access to the essence of digital technologies and has contributed a remarkable set of open-source tools, ideal to conduct courses in electronics prototyping. Today, more than 20 universities are using Arduino in their programs and engineering classes, several open source communities have welcomed Arduino as their platform for interfacing the physical world, and the Arduino project has expanded into secondary education in schools allover Europe.
This talk provides a hands-on introduction to the Arduino platform. We focus on sensors and actuators and take a look at how a computer converts inputs (in the form of sound, light, motion, and other forms) into changing electronic signals that it can interpret. No previous knowledge in electronics is required. However, participants should bring an open mind for a challenging time with a hand full of bytes.