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March 3, 2010

My First Arduino

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A short year and three months after Nd suggested to me that I should acquire an arduino, mine arrived yesterday.

I went for the starter kit from Earthshine Design because, to be honest, I had no idea what kind of components I would be needing to get started – or even what to build!

The Earthshine kit comes with a nice PDF manual with step by step instructions to build a number of projects with the components supplied.

With that said – let’s get it out of the box 🙂

Earthshine Design Arduino Starter Set

The arduino itself. Oooh shiny.

Enough LEDs to light my entire house

And enough resistors for each of them 🙂

And… the rest of the components – many of which I don’t yet understand exactly what they do. Includes a motor, potentiometer, temperature sensor, switches, transistors and so on.

The kit also includes a USB cable to connect the arduino to your computer, a breadboard and jumper wires for easy prototyping (without going to the trouble of soldering etc) and a power adaptor to power the arduino when it’s not plugged in to a computer.

And that’s not to mention the cool case to store your components in!

The kit costs £49.99, which from the research I did, seems to be a good price for such a starter set. With so many components supplied and tutorials for projects to build with them, it’s going to keep me busy for a while.

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  1. Cool! This actually looks better than the starter kit I got which has annoying ridged wires, no motor, etc.

    Comment by Nd — March 13, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
  2. This certainly seems like one of the better ones, everything included actually has a purpose and example things to build with it

    Comment by oliallen — March 14, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
  3. Pretty intriguing and useful content. Saved to fav …
    Thanks for the excellent read.

    Comment by gary — July 10, 2014 @ 8:39 am

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