Alas, it was that time again, where we run our Arduino Beginners Workshop and get up to our elbows in maker goodness. As with all of our workshops, this night was completely unique, and along with covering all of our standard content, we got to take a look at some extra hardware implementations.
Our 3 workshop participants all had previous programming experience with languages from C++ to Java, right back to Fortran, so rather than diving into new programming techniques, we set up some new hardware and looked at how to use it with various libraries.
Where the 'aha' moment was for our group was setting up an LCD character display which meant we could display data and information without being tethered to a computer's serial terminal. Using the Arduino Liquid Crystal library also opened up a whole new world with getting the different hardware up and running.