The Arduino is a physical computing platform. It is basically a tiny computer on a board that you can use to control LED’s, Motors, Servos, Transmitters, etc. or anything you like.

Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicating with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

Arduino is popular because the hardware is cheap, it’s easy to program and there is a huge web community, which means that beginners can find help and download myriad programs for the board.

Some examples by Arduino:

MIDI fader controller with Arduino

From the MAKE Flickr pool

Cyrille built this MIDI fader box based on Arduino complete with desktop config software – looks perfect for one-handed live usage. Check out the photoset for the full feature list.

Kid robot costume for Halloween


List of Sensors can be used with Arduino:

Light sensor
LED sensor
Temperature sensor
Infrared rangefinder(IR) sensor
Passive Infrared(PIR) Sensor
Ping sensordetect objects in front of an object
Tilt sensordetect the tilting of an object
Motion sensor
Passive Infrared Sensor
Acceleration sensor
PD sensorthat reads sensor values from Arduino


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Posted on November 11, 2009, in Interactivity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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