Arduino has come a long way since its introduction in 2005. The open source hardware board is showing up everywhere, from consumer and industrial products to
engineering toys for budding engineers. Just look at the last few Gadget Freak projects presented by Design News and Allied Electronics, and you’ll see a wide range of Arduino use, from a touch-sensitive audio desk tray to motion-controlled blinking eyes for a rock sculpture. We recently reported on an artificial arm that can be controlled by Bluetooth-powered brainwaves -- powered by an Arduino board and created by a teen.
The Arduino is both user-friendly and well-suited for rapid-development electronics. Next week, Design News and Digi-Key will begin a five-day overview of the Arduino in the continuing education program, Get Your Project Started with Arduino. The class will explain what Arduino is and offer website sources. The program will explain what can you do with an Arduino, offer example projects, and explore the Arduino architecture.
The class will be presented by Don Wilcher, a passionate electronics technology teacher and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. Wilcher worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules and systems, and embedded wireless controls for small consumer appliances. He's currently developing 21st-century educational products that focus on the IoT (Internet of Things) for makers, engineers, technicians, and educators. He's a Certified Electronics Technician with ETA International, and a book author. Wilcher is also familiar to the Design News community as a frequent commenter on the Design News message boards -- as Mr. Don.
I agree. I have used several microcontrollers like the TI MSP430, Maxims DSC89C450 (8051), and Microchip PICs for consumer and automotive electronic products with somewhat of a steep learning curve. The Arduino platform makes development of the ATMega328 microcontroller easy to rapidly prototype electronic product applications. Since introducing the Arduino to my Electrical Engineering Technology students in 2012, it has been the microcontroller development platform of choice for creating their Capstone projects. Hope you can join next weeks Design News Getting Started with Arduino CEC course.
I designed a variable frequency pulsating power supply in digital and analog ICs the way I have always done projects for 30 years. But I was having problems relating BCD switch to output frequency in some crossover points and it was a hassle. Then I discovered ARDUINO, I'm not a software guy, having had one C/c++ class 18 years ago, but it didn't take much to not only have it go from 2-999 Hz from a keypad, without an oscillator circuit, but I had a digital readout with text besides! Wow! All for <$30! I spent $150 on the circuit board I had made on the original effort plus stuffing the board and parts! Plus, I now have a new skill! I'm sold on Arduino!
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Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.