So i decided a couple months ago I was going to learn how to use Arduino boards and how to develop things with them.
This decision came with a particular mission and project in mind.
I am obsessed with LEDs.
I already have a mess of standard "dumb" led strip lights ad other little toys, but I wanted the ones that you can change each LED individually.
I ran across a video on Youtube of someone using a strip as Christmas lighting and they said it was being controlled with an Arduino.
That was the first I was exposed to the name.
I did a little research and decided I needed to learn.
So I discovered Adafruit
I bought an arduino ARDX kit with the intention of learning as much as I could through that and I also picked a couple of their Neopixels in different formfactors
Ok, Dam has been broken now and the flood of curiosity about all the things I can do with these cool little boards has started.
I have since gotten a lot of hardware and a little experience with programming.
I have to say that the programming emd is by far my weak point. But hopefully I will eventually be knowledgable enough to write my own program from scratch.
My latest challenge to myself is to work on building a weather station.
I want a weather station with Indoor and outdoor readings as well as a network connection to receive the local Airport's METAR data.
I will need help with this.
So far i have the following for this project
Arduino Uho (I am not against upgrading to a Mega if it looks like I will need to
Indoor temp/humidity sensor
Outdoor thermistor (good to -55C) I hope that goes low enough based on my location.
I also have 2 Maxim Dallas digital temperature sensors I would like to figure out how to use maybe not in this project, but who knows.
I have an LCD shield
a LOL shield
and I have 3 8X8 LED matrices on the way as well as 6 digits of 7 seg display.
I havent figured out exactly what of that hardware I am going to use but it is all there depending on what I decide.
I also have an Ethernet shield on the way
Living north of the arctic circle in the middle of nowhere it takes a while to get anything here, so I am a patient person.
The code on this thing is going to drive me insane.
So far I have only been successful with coding by starting with an example or tutorial code and modifying/adding to it to do what I want it to do.
This project I think will need so much more than that.