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Arduino Reprise: clocks, bikes, words and cameras

word-clocks.jpgTime, I think, for another Arduino-based roundup of posts (ahead of the imminent June/July competition). It’s a couple of years since the last one – The many faces of Arduino – and there is plenty of new material to highlight.

Topics range from works of art and games to camera blurring and laser clock displays.

Check these out:

What exactly is an Arduino? Wikipedia’s definition is as follows:

Arduino is an open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board I/O support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.

Reportedly it began as a project in Italy in 2005, to make a device for controlling student-built robots less expensively than other prototyping systems available at the time.

Typically, an Arduino board consists of an 8-bit Atmel AVR microcontroller with complementary components, such as a a 5-volt linear regulator and a 16MHz crystal oscillator. It will be programmed over a serial RS-232 link.

Long may the platform prosper!

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