The heart of the kit is the Arduino Uno board. This is the latest addition to the family and is to be the benchmark for all future developments. It works on power derived from the USB port or by a 9V battery (I've tested it and it really does) and is programmed by its own software which you download and install. It communicates via the USB port.
The kit contains an acrylic holder onto which you screw the board and to the left you stick a supplied breadboard, making an amazingly compact little laboratory. It fits into its own plastic box, along with dozens of components.
Mine came with a dozen each of red and green standard LEDs, one 10mm blue LED, 75 assorted jump wires of good quality, 30 560R

resistors, six 100k and 2k2 resistors, three 1N4001 diodes, a TDK piezo buzzer, a TMP36 thermistor, a DPDT relay, three tactile switches, a mini-potentiometer, a shift register IC (74HC595), three transistors, an LDR, a motor, a servo-motor, some headers, a 9V adaptor and a USB A to B cable. Quite a haul for £59, and they delivered when they said they would.
It gets better. There's a book containing 11 circuits for experimenters to create covering lights, sound and motor control, as well as manual and environmental inputs. It's those last we're going to be concerned with here. On the left you'll find the circuits reviewed, analysed and generally messed about with with a view to explaining and expanding. Click on the relevant button.

Generally Messing About.

In which some things one has professed about herein are put to purposes of no practical use whatsoever. Quite fun though.

Robot Arm Hack

Below are some ideas I've come up with for making stuff with your Arduino using parts sourced from Oomlout, Maplin and elsewhere that don't come supplied with your ARDX .
Green ones are completed, red ones are ongoing.
If you follow them in order it creates a structured learning path.

Very long topic!

Very long topic!

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