>> ARDUINO - STARTER KIT
I was swimming in IoT heaven yesterday - but I just had to mention this kit!
Anyone who wants to tinker around with the idea of IoT and get some
foundations under their belts needs to look at the Arduino Starter Kit
(official kit available from Arduino) which retails for around $100 USD.
amazon.com is one place to get it; but so many
other retailers are distributing it as well - they have done a good job
of making it available to all.
The kit comes with a bunch of electronics and is designed to walk you step
by step through 15 unique projects that expose you to the IDE, C++ language,
hardware concepts and the ability to really get your hands dirty without
having to think it is rocket science. It is definitely the best option for
those willing to get started with sensors and embedded solutions.
- arduino uno board
- a 16x2 LCD (character display)
- various LEDs (white, reg, green, blue, yellow, RGB)
- a number of push buttons
- piezo capsule
- sensors: temperature, tilt, photoresistor
- small DC and servo motors
- plenty of resistors, capacitors and wires
- a 9V battery snap (battery NOT included)
The kit has over 200 electronic bits and pieces and the things you can do
with it is not limited to the 15 mini projects that they outline piece by
piece in the 170 page booklet. I can already imagine some cool little projects
I could put together with all these bits and pieces.
To make it even more interesting there is a massive community focused
around the arduino project; and a bunch of interesting "kickstarter"
projects that are aimed at extending the possibilities of the platform.
It is possible to obtain "shields" that extend the capabilities of the
core arduino platform - such as WiFi, ethernet, low-energy Bluetooth
but that is only the tip of the iceberg. An unofficial list of shields
are available on shieldlist.org.
Are you interested yet?
I think this is a great starting point for anyone who wants to tinker -
what are you going to do with your arduino starter kit? I will definitely
keep myself occupied with this little kit for a while - there is nothing
like the gratification about creating something from scratch!