Introduction to using Arduino

In this first lesson of the Physical Computing module, we were introduced to the Arduino Uno platform as well as the Arduino IDE interface. The Arduino is a single-board computer which can be programmed to carry out a variety of functions that the user codes and uploads to the board.

The first stage was to unpack the Arduino and install the IDE. This was a simple process involving downloading and installing from the Arduino Website. Once this was installed, I was ready to go.

Screenshot of the Arduino IDE
The first launch screen of the Arduino IDE

Initially, I used the built-in Blink example to test the Arduino was working with my system. This required me to connect up the Arduino using Digital Pin 13, Ground and an LED (connecting Ground to the cathode and Pin 13 to the Anode).

The Physical Result from the Blink Program

After this, I then modified the example code to add additional parameters and delays to the code. This affected the LED attributes successfully.

The Modified Blink Code
The Physical Result

Download the code from this post here.

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