When you go to a store and buy an electronic gizmo, does it ever occur to you that you could make one yourself? Or even that it would be FUN to make one yourself?

The learning curve can be intimidating. You have to study electronics, learn what all the components do, and how to control them with a microcontroller. To put the components together, you’ll have to learn how to solder. To program the microcontroller, you’ll have to learn how to code. To make a cool container that holds the electronics, you’ll have to master certain workshop skills.

Sound intimidating?

One bit of technology that makes these dreams not only achievable but enjoyable is the Arduino, a small microcontroller board designed to be easy to learn and a breeze to ...

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