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Arduino hardware hacking: Part 1

Mar 23, 2009, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"But most of all, it's cool because the entire reference design for the hardware is available under a Creative Commons licence, so you're free to build your own if you want to. However, that's probably a little extreme for most people, which is why you can also buy pre-built Arduino boards that are ready for action and available at very low prices.

"In this tutorial, the first part of a mini-series, you'll learn all you need to get started with Arduino hardware hacking...

"The Arduino programming IDE is available under the GPL for Mac OS X, Windows and, of course, Linux, so the only things standing between you and your own pet hardware project are an Arduino board, a cool idea, and of course a Box O' Tricks - some neat little parts you can plug into the Arduino to make it do more interesting things.

"Arduino boards come in several varieties, but the main three are the Arduino NG ('next generation'), the Arduino Diecimila and the Arduino Duemilanove. These aren't competing boards - the NG came first, was replaced by the Diecimila, which in turn was replaced by the Duemilanove. We have an NG because we bought it a while ago, but if you try to buy one now you'll probably only find the Diecimila or the Duemilanove for sale."

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