Monthly Archives: February 2010

February PLUG Meeting: Beginning Arduino

Date: February 10th, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Omniture (Adobe)


If you have ever wanted to break in to the world of hardware hacking we have a treat for you this month. Arduino is an open hardware platform that lowers the barrier to really advanced embedded system designs. There are several interchangeable attachments (shields) you can add to your Arduino to increase its functionality. The basic board can be powered via USB, and there is an open source IDE available that will run on the most common OS platforms (including Linux). The Arduino platform has gathered a lot of interest from those that are new to the world of embedded programming due to its low cost and ease of use. Any geek worth his salt can get involved with limited time and financial investment.

This month PLUG is pleased to have Matthew Walker and Matt Nelson join forces to give us all an introductory look at Arduino. They will cover what you need to get started, basic circuit design, sensors, and more. Matt and Matt will have some examples of things you might want to get if you’re interested in this platform. If you own a *duino please bring it to the meeting and show off your 750 point breadboarded robotics platform. 😉

A full starter kit (everything you need) costs between $40$60. While we couldn’t get a user group discount from any of the distributors we asked, there is a possibility we can do a group purchase and get a volume discount if there is enough interest.

From Matthew Walker:

I’ve been a web developer for the last ten years, and I love programming. I have a consulting business, but I’m also employed full time at Marketecture, right
across the street from Omniture. My preferred languages are Perl and PHP, but I like acquiring new skills, and have recently started to get into Android and Arduino development.

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