Arduino Adventures - A Venture into Open Source Hardware

I’m really excited to pick up an Arduino starter kit from Xinchejian, Shanghai’s hackerspace. They sell them for about 300RMB (50USD) a pop, and they come with a breadboard, some resistors, and other little gadgets to get me started with playing around with Arduino. For those who don’t know what Arduino is, here’s a little description from Wikipedia:

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. – Arduino Wikipedia

[![](http://res.cloudinary.com/leungd/image/upload/v1476113557/ArduinoUno_R3_Front_450px_l1aquu.jpg "ArduinoUno_R3_Front_450px")](http://res.cloudinary.com/leungd/image/upload/v1476113557/ArduinoUno_R3_Front_450px_l1aquu.jpg)
Picture from arduino.cc

Xinchejian holds some Ardunio crash-course workshops, but my schedule always seems to conflict with their class times. Nevertheless, this is the age of Google, Youtube, and digital learning, and I found a pretty awesome Arduino introduction series by SCIGUY14 (Jeremy Blum). Hopefully the information I learned during the intro to ECE (electrical and computer engineering) and physics electricity and magnetism classes at UIUC are still somewhere stored in my brain…

Hope that a future blog post will show some stuff that I’ll be building! =)

Duncan Leung

Front End Developer at iHerb.com

Irvine, CA

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