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Geek 101: What Is Arduino? @ PCWorld

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Geek 101: What Is Arduino? @ PCWorld.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably seen us refer to the Arduino microcontroller on a number of occasions. This little circuit board is at the heart of many DIY projects, from robotics to art projects and just about everything in between.

But what on Earth is Arduino, anyway? What makes it so versatile? And what can you do with it?

Limor Fried built her business on DIY tools and technologies. Limor, better known to the Internet as Ladyada, is a cofounder of Adafruit Industries, a site that sells kits, tools, and accessories geared toward the DIY set. Ladyada was gracious enough to take a few minutes to explain a little about what makes Arduino boards so cool–and useful–to anyone who’s ever wanted to build or hack their own devices.

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1 Comment

  1. Absolutely true and Very nicely said. 🙂

    But it’s not just the controller alone – I think you do not give yourself enough credit for being a huge part of this. Your tutorials and friendly forums are among the best I’ve ever seen – and all of my friends have become more Arduino savvy because of them.

    Arduino is changing my life!

    Kris

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