Arduino Night is a time honored tradition that was originally started by another group at Gangplank and soon thereafter, adopted by HeatSync Labs. HeatSync Labs opens the door to welcome members of the community at large to share knowledge and ideas on the Arduino microcontroller. Check the Event Calendar for upcoming Arduino nights.
All skill levels are welcome. Bring your own or use one of Arduino setups on-site. Tutorials are provided for beginners and more complex sensors and devices are available for intermediate and expert levels.
Arduino Models Available
Here are the current Arduino models that we have available to play with at the lab:
- Arduino Diecimila x1
- Lilypad Arduino x1
- Arduino Uno x1
- Arduino Duemilanove ("2009") x2
- Arduino Mega x1
- Funnel IO with ATmega168 x1
- Ethernet Shield v.1.1 - Older version of this. (The white ethernet shield) File:EtherShield.zip
- Wave Shield - Play any uncompressed 22KHz, 16bit, mono Wave (.wav) files of any size.
- Adafruit Ethernet (XPort/WIZnet) shield for Arduino kit - v1.2
- Sparkfun Arduino ProtoShield v2 - Older version of this.
- LadyAda Prototype Shield v5
- Adafruit Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield for Arduino - v1.0
Components and Sensors
- Everything in our electronics shop area(LEDs, Resistors, Capacitors, Switches, Diodes, Headers, Transistors, etc.)
- Various DC Motors
- Continuous Rotation Servos x4
- Wheels x4
- PIR Sensor Module x1 - Motion Detection - Adafruit tutorial
- RFID Reader and Tags x1
- LV-MaxSonar-EZ1 x1 - High Performance Ultrasonic Range Finder
- Piezos and Speakers
- Alcohol Gas Sensor x1
- Wii Remote Nun-chuck and adapter pcb Information and tutorial
- Piezo Film Vibra Tab Sensor - Similar to this.
- 7 Segment RED LED
- Bluetooth SMD Module - Roving Networks - With Headers setup to communicate with Funnel IO
- FTDI Basic Breakout - 5V
Arduino Project Ideas
- Color Cube
- Sensor Package for Nearspace
Arduino Gurus and Volunteers
Announce your microcontroller prowess by adding your name here and making it known to the Arduino novice that you're willing to impart your skills with them on Arduino night. We're looking for volunteers on our first Wednesdays to help answer questions and give direction to people just starting out with Arduino. Also, people that are interested in helping host this event and have any suggestions to improve it:
- Your Name Here!
Can't come by and volunteer some time but you still want to help out some how? We're always looking to expand our available selection of components, sensors, arduinos, etc. to play with. Donations can be dropped off in our lab with a note stating: "Attention: Arduino Night"
Suggestions For Content and Improvement
To ensure that we keep pushing this event forward we're always open for suggestions for improving the structure and the way we present the material for these nights. Also, any suggestions for new components and tools are welcome:
- Label the Components, Sensors, Motors, etc. with what they are.
- Suggested Pre-Requisite Reading?
- A cheat-sheet for commands/function names/overall sketch flow?
- Focus on interacting with a single component for a session. Getting really good at that one thing and then moving on to something else next class.
- Provide each station with a "grab bag" project that already has hardware to get new users used to the tool.
Main Arduino Project Page:
Great Arduino Tutorial by Lady Ada: