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Getting Started with Microcontrollers

Choose the right controller for your project and your skill level.

BY TOM IGOE

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Photography by Ed Troxell

Picking your first microcontroller can be bewildering, because there are so many on the market. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

TYPES OF CONTROLLER SYSTEMS

I/O boards (examples: PicoBoard, Phidgets) You don’t program these devices directly, but you can control their input and output (I/O) from a desktop programming environment like Scratch, Processing, or Flash. They don’t work when detached ...

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