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Arduino Tutorials

Arduino for us is one of the pillars of the maker community - it's not just a piece of hardware or software - Arduino is an entire ecosystem that has empowered an uncountable number of projects around the world along with just as many "ah ha" moments of learning. We're absolutely proud to be official resellers for Arduino in Australia as it's a wonderful brand and create educational tutorials for all sorts of ideas that you can use in your next project.

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How to Build an Arduino Library

Have you ever wanted to simplify or automate a task using an Arduino? Yes? Well, have you ever wanted to simplify the code required for that task into a neat collection of easy-to-use functions? Also yes? Then this tutorial is for you! In this tutori...

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25 May 2018

Arduino Projects with Motion (Using Sparkfun RedBoard)

Arduino Projects with Motion (Using Sparkfun RedBoard) Welcome to the Third Project Set from the Sparkfun Inventors Kit V4.0 Guide! In this tutorial, we will explore the operation of a Servo Motor and an UltraSonic Sensor in combination with some ot...

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22 Apr 2018

Arduino Projects with Sound (Using Sparkfun RedBoard)

Project Set 2 – Sound  Welcome to the second Project Set from the Sparkfun Inventors Kit V4.0 Guide! In our last Project Set, we explored the basics of the Arduino IDE, some electrical and electronic concepts and looked at various electri...

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21 Apr 2018

Arduino Projects with Robotics Using the Sparkfun RedBoard

Welcome to the final Project Set of the Sparkfun Inventors Kit! This Project Set focuses on Robotics with the final Circuit being an Autonomously Driving Vehicle! New components introduced in this tutorial are:  DC Motor/Gearbox Motor Driver...

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18 Apr 2018

Arduino Projects with an LCD (Using Sparkfun RedBoard)

Arduino Projects with an LCD (Using Sparkfun RedBoard) Welcome to Project Set 4 in the Sparkfun Inventors Kit Guide! In this tutorial, we will look into using Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD's) to print data. This ability allows us to remotely set up a...

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6 Apr 2018

Getting Started with Arduino Using the Sparkfun RedBoard

Welcome to the Sparkfun Inventors Kit (SIK) Ver 4.0 tutorial page. In this beginner’s tutorial, we will explore the basics of microcontroller programming and circuit electronics through a series of projects that are provided in the Sparkfu...

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28 Mar 2018

Arduino Projects with Light (Using Sparkfun RedBoard)

Now that your RedBoard is set up on its baseplate and the Arduino IDE is installed on your computer, we can begin our first Arduino-based Project Set! The First Project Set explores light and the type of electrical component we will be using is a Lig...

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28 Mar 2018

WS2812 / NeoPixel Addressable LEDs: Arduino Quickstart Guide

This tutorial is aimed at getting some instant gratification from your WS2812 LEDs (also known as NeoPixels). I'll briefly cover a bare-bones setup for Arduino. If you've never used an Arduino before, we've got you covered with our free, online Ardu...

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1 Sep 2017

History of Arduino

So, after almost a week of researching, cross-referencing, double checking, and image hunting, I’m excited to show you guys my take on the history of Arduino, and the evolution of the Arduino hardware into what it is today. With so many Arduino...

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10 Jul 2017

Arduino Workshop for Beginners

Welcome to the Arduino Workshop, where you'll be able to follow our guided course which covers everything you'll need to know in order to create your own Arduino projects and become a leveled up maker. My name is Sam and along with being a maker my...

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4 Jun 2017

Switches, Debouncing and the Arduino

When we boil it down, everyday interactions with electronics are usually limited to controlling stuff with switches. Whether it be turning on the lights, switching on your laptop or turning on the kettle, all examples of how a physical switch works...

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27 Oct 2016

Infrared Sensing, Hardware Interrupts, and the Arduino

Infrared (IR) is a great way of using non-visible light to control electronics, and there are a bunch of modules that we can use with our Arduino. However, what do we mean when we are talking about infrared and electronics? Well, IR remotes that cont...

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27 Oct 2016

Relay Operation and the Arduino Uno

If you could operate your switch without physically toggling it on and off, you would open yourself up to an entire section of electronics. Relays are one of the best ways of doing this. A relay is essentially just a switch, controlled by an electrom...

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27 Oct 2016

Potentiometers and the Arduino Uno

Variable resistors come in all shapes and sizes, and they all do the same basic job. They allow you precisely control voltage/current flow within a circuit. The most common type of variable resistor we see in DIY electronics is the Potentiometer, or ...

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27 Oct 2016

Controlling Stepper Motors with the Arduino

Stepper Motors are a bit of a halfway mark between DC Motors and Servo motors, but they find a sweet spot that allows them to be perfect for certain applications. There are still a few main differences to be aware of when it comes to working with ste...

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11 Oct 2016

Controlling Servo Motors with Arduino

Servo motors are extremely useful in so many different applications; it’d be good to learn how to control them! Solenoid and DC motor control have been shown already; for the most part, they are both pretty straightforward (only power and groun...

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5 Oct 2016

Arduino vs. Raspberry Pi

One of the big questions in DIY electronics circles is which DIY platform is going to be the best for me? And the two biggest platforms right now is Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Whilst at first glance they might seem the same; circuit board with some ...

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9 Sep 2016

Controlling a Solenoid with an Arduino

In this tutorial, we will look at the basics of Solenoids and how they work. Then we will design a small circuit that can drive a Solenoid from the input/output pins on your Arduino board. We covered a whole bunch of rotational motion concepts whe...

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8 Jun 2016

DC Motor Control with an Arduino

Electronics is fun, so far we have covered off on communicating between devices, making LEDs flash and LCD screen operation. However using electricity to control some form of movement in your project is a fun and interesting aspect to investigate. Th...

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7 Jun 2016

Arduino, Learn the Lingo

Getting into the Arduino environment is a lot of fun but with so many acronyms and slang terms its easy to get confused. Knowing this first hand, I have put together a glossary of sorts for terms relating to Arduino, if you are new to the Arduino pla...

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7 Jun 2016

I2C Bus and the Arduino

I²C stands for the inter-integrated circuit and refers to a communication protocol we are going to use to communicate between our Arduino devices. In the past we have investigated the SPI and Asynchronous Serial Communications protocols for this...

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1 Jun 2016

Our Arduino SPI Tutorial

SPI stands for Serial Peripheral Interface and it is a way to send data between microcontrollers and other small devices. It is a synchronous data bus, meaning it uses a clock to regulate the data transfer. SPI is also Full-Duplex communication mean...

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25 May 2016

Arduino Serial Communications

Serial communication is the process of communicating between electronic devices one bit at a time. Serial means one after the other, so we think of serial communications as transferring data one bit at a time, one bit after the other.  A bi...

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18 May 2016

Our Guide for Arduino Beginner Kits

Kits are a pretty nifty idea for someone starting out in maker electronics. For this beginner-friendly article, we are just going to take a look at three of our great kits for the Arduino Uno. All three are all solder-free electronics kits that ...

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17 May 2016

LCD Screens and the Arduino Uno

Display devices are used to visually display the information we are working with. LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens are one of many display devices that makers use. We have libraries to control specific LCD functions which make it ridiculously eas...

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17 May 2016

The Arduino LED Blink

The practice of making and editing sketches is essential to get anywhere with the Arduino platform. We are going to step you through the basics when it comes to writing a sketch, and the most basic of all is the LED Blink. We will be telling ou...

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12 May 2016

Our Arduino IDE Tutorial

The Arduino IDE is an Integrated Development Environment installed to a local computer. We will be using this software to create, edit and upload your project ideas to your Arduino Board. The download is about 150mb, is supported on Windows, Mac, and...

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8 May 2016

Arduino Boards, Compared

We're going to compare each of the Arduino Boards available to Maker's and Electronics Enthusiats. We'll discuss the features of each board, provide an informative pinout diagram with tonnes of detail, and toward the end of the article, provide a tab...

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8 May 2016

Learning Arduino in Australia

Core Electronics is the official supplier for Arduino products Australia wide. We stock components from both Arduino.cc (Genuino) and Arduino.org (Arduino). Sourcing our products directly from Arduino ensures you are supporting the team behind the br...

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5 May 2016