Arno board. A all in one kit is available. Hand-holding all the way to proficiency. (via Olymiacircuits)
Learning how to program and wire-up an Arduino board can be a daunting and frustrating task for novices and experts alike. Sure, there are many sites on the internet that can walk users through complex programming as well as wiring tutorials. Even then, it can be difficult as some program languages can be akin to learning Swahili. Not to mention all the tutorials in the world on wiring can become nil if the user has no soldering skills. It would be great if manufacturers could develop snap-together Arduino modules like the LilyPad Arduino SimpleSnap for more complex projects but alas it hasn’t come to fruition as of yet. One company however is doing the next best thing with their Arno boards that allows users to easily learn how to program the modules and nix’s the wiring all together. Designed by Olympic Circuits, the Arno kit comes pre-assembled so no complex wiring is needed and comes with a systematic guide on how to program the unit for various projects (including LED, communications and others that take advantage of the board’s sensors) aimed towards beginners. The boards are outfitted with an Atmega 32U4 RISC-based microcontroller, potentiometer (adjustable voltage driver), temperature sensor and a USB port that allows the user a simple connection for their projects.
The board is the latest release of simple (depending on how you look at it) to use Arduino-based boards such as their Arno Shield which is a simplistic board that’s able to be paired with their LeOlympia or mated with an Arduino Uno as well. Those looking to acquire a simplified data logger as well as a simplistic Arduino board, Olympic Circuits have you covered with their soon to be released SODA (Simple, Open Data Acquisition) HE-1.0 Arduino-based data logger. The tiny module features an Atmega 32U4 microcontroller, screw terminals for sensors, a micro SD slot for data storage and a real-time clock for precise measurements. The board is robust enough to be used in an outdoor environment for measuring things such as tree growth (used as a cheap dendrometer), measuring soil moisture, counting cars on a freeway or even monitoring vibration and shock. While Olympic Circuits Arduino-based boards are not ultra-simplistic to use, they are indeed simple enough to use for those looking to learn and experiment in the world of Arduino.
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