Chapter 1. Introduction

Arduino is an open source physical computing platform based on a simple input/output (I/O) board and a development environment that implements the Processing language ( Arduino can be used to develop standalone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (such as Flash, Processing, VVVV, or Max/MSP). The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) can be downloaded for free from

Arduino is different from other platforms on the market because of these features:

  • It is a multiplatform environment; it can run on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

  • It is based on the Processing programming IDE, an easy-to-use ...

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