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Happy Arduino Day!

If you enjoy making things with electronics then you have probably heard of Arduino, an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects. There's two parts - the Arduino board (hardware) and the Arduino software that you use to program the Arduino board. If you have heard of Arduino but never tried it because it sounds too difficult, well, today on Arduino Day, we'd like to change your mind. Perhaps your kid has told you that she would like to make a robot with some smarts then Arduino is going to help make that dream come true. Or maybe you are really interested in Internet of Things and designing a "smart home" well Arduino can help with that as it senses the environment by receiving inputs from many sensors, and affects its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators Here's a TED Global talk by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi. To get a deeper feel for it, here's a getting started video by Massimo. He explains the components and how Arduino can be used to light up an LED. To provide you with even more incentive, we have discounted some of the Arduino-based products in the KitHub Shop for today only. Sylvia's Super Awesome Kit This kit and the project book were specifically designed at getting kids interested and involved in the world of Arduino at an early age. The kit includes all the parts needed to complete the following experiments in the book:
  • Project One - Simple Strobe - A controllable strobe that lets you stop time
  • Project Two - R.I.F.F. - A “Randomly Influenced Finger Flute”
  • Project Three - TheTapper - A speaker can play music of course, but it can be an input device too
$26.95 $29.95 SparkFun Inventor's Kit The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. $89.95 $99.95 Qtechknow's Ardusensor Learning Kit This kit will help you get started with Arduino and sensors including button, flex, force, magnet, temperature, light, knock, and (of course) FART! $46.75 $54.95 Arduino has inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as Massimo Banzi says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."

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