My First Arduino

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. Well done and congrats on your first Aruduino. I am not sure if you are aware but some Chinese wholesale websites sale arduino like knockoffs for dirt cheap and after using them for the last 3 months, I must say I am quite impressed. The value for money is really good.

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