Once again we join our friends over at slashRoot Cafe in New Paltz. This time we're looking for smart, creative people who would like to learn more about how to make machines that interact with the world around them.
This event will be a guided introduction to the Arduino, its development environment, and some of the possibilities for using it in your projects.
Don't know what an Arduino is? Check out this link.
In short, an Arduino is an approachable and convenient way to make LIGHTS BLINK, turn things ON and OFF, an make things MOVE. With an Arduino, you can make pots that automatically water your plants. You can make light paintings that respond to your touch. Make clothes that play your personal theme song wherever you go.
With a good imagination and just a little bit of technical knowledge, there's no end to what you could accomplish. We'll try to supply you with the technical knowledge you need, so if you have the imagination and the motivation to learn and experiment, this is the workshop for you! We'll cover everything you need to know to get started with your projects, talk about some ideas and possibilities, and connect you to other people at all skill levels. So come on out, bring a computer and an Arduino, and let's get started!
It doesn't take long to go from never having touched an Arduino to making your very own Blinkenlighttm, so be sure to bring your ideas for other projects as well. We'll be bringing some limited additional supplies to do more stuff and if time allows we can cover some more of the hardware concepts involved in making your project work.
If you don't want to play along but are curious to see what Arduino is all about or what other people are doing with it, you are welcome, too. If you're a microcontroller expert and can already make any hardware bend to your will, come help your fellows get started or show off what your hardware can do.
p.s. - If you don't have an arduino, either contact Thor to try to get in on a group buy or grab one of these from Adafruit. (There are several other places available to get Arduinos, so if you'd like to check out other retailers just hit Google.)
p.p.s - You can RSVP for this event here to give us an idea of what kind of crowd to expect.