Arduino: My Endeavor into Electronics

I just bought an Arduino Uno R3 in New York.  And my fascination with the world of mechatronics begins (again!).


Experimenting with the first Arduino project, the “blinking LED” 🙂


Okay, I do have some trainings in electrical and electronics, especially digital electronics. My college degree is indeed electrical and electronics engineering.  And my graduation project was about home electricity automation using digital technology.  So, this infatuation with electronics is not new.

My current fascination is on thinking and learning machines.  While Arduino may not be too advanced to to what “Jarvis” can do to Tony Stark in Iron Man, or better yet, Winston to Edmond Kirsch and Professor Langdon in Origin, its ATmega328 microcontroller chip actually has enough thinking power to do mundane “learning machine” things.  That’s why I use it.  And, it turns out, there are lots of Arduino supports and components in Indonesia.  Tokopedia apparently has tons of them that you can buy from the comfort of your living room.

So I started preparing my workstation.  Bought some shelves from nearby ACE Hardware, bought some breadboard for experimenting with projects, bought some ebooks about Arduino from Amazon, and I am all set.  The first series of packages from Tokopedia actually has arrived.  Many more to come, though.


The “workstation.”


Arduino is a microcontroller.  It has a programmable brain.  There is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that we can use to connect Arduino with our computer. It is downloadable from the App Store (for Mac users like me).  Once the IDE is installed, we can start programming, or uploading programs — they are called “sketch” in Arduino lingo — to the Arduino brain to tell it to do: to sense its surrounding, to do things such as turn things on and off, turn a motor, and others.

This category series in my blog indeed is to document my progress with learning Arduino.  More things to come.  I have learned a lot already so far.

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