Hi, all. I’m a little bit late with this, but, hey, I wanted to get it out there….
Coming up this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Hackerspace, I’m teaching the “Introduction to Arduino” class. (Click that link up there if you need a map or directions.)
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s Wikipedia’s first paragraph on the Arduino:
Arduino is a popular 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 input/output support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.
In short, though, it’s an incredibly useful little critter for people who are looking to get started with a number of different kinds of hacking, including hardware setups, programming, art projects, costumery, and many others, really.
If I’ve intrigued you just enough to have some interest in joining us, feel free to just show up, there is no charge to attend and learn. However, there are some recommendations, which I will list below:
- If you have a laptop, bring it.
- If you bring a laptop, and have time, download, and ideally, set up the software, from here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software, although part of the class will, indeed, be to provide assistance with that.
- Bring any Arduino hardware you already have, and other electronics, if you’ve got ’em, to connect up. Yannow, blinky lights, buzzers, whatever. We’ll find something cool to do.
- There will be a few loaner boards, as well as, I hope, a few available for purchase, so come even if you don’t have your own hardware, to learn.
Please drop me a message, in whatever form you like, if you plan to attend, and don’t already have an Arduino of some sort, but would like to purchase one. I intend to get several of these to make available for sale: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10817 Pricing is unknown yet, but should be at least a moderate discount from the price on the website, and definitely not more.