What is Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. The platform is composed of a board (hardware) and a free software as the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for writing and uploading your code. The most popular board is the Arduino Uno. If you’re just starting to learn microcontroller programming, you need to have an Arduino Uno.

If you don’t have an arduino uno yet, you can buy it HERE.

Yorbs Electronics - Uno

You can download the IDE at the official arduino website

After downloading the software, run the installation. Once installed, this is what it looks like:

Yorbs Electronics - IDE

There are sample programs located on the File Menu. For a complete reference of  the arduino language (C++), please visit the official arduino language reference page.

 

Other Popular Arduino Boards

Arduino Mega

Yorbs Electronics - Mega

Arduino Nano

Yorbs Electronics - Nano

Arduino Leonardo

What does it do?

Over the years, the arduino community has grown exponentially. Electronic hobbyists, innovators, designers, startups  from all over the world are using arduinos for their projects. Arduino can communicate with sensors, buttons, lights, other microcontrollers, internet and etc, the sky is the limit. Here are some websites for arduino projects:

1. Instructables

2. Arduino Playground

3. LadyAda

Board Layout

Yorbs Electronics - Uno Board Layout

What’s Next?

To apply what you have learn, you need to purchase the actual arduino product board so that you can start programming it. I recommend our affordable Arduino Learning Kit 101. Click here to know more about it.

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