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Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware by Jonathan Oxer, Hugh Blemings

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Fundamentals

Arduino is a fusion of three critical elements: hardware, software, and community. To get the most out of it you need to have a basic understanding of all three elements, and for most people the biggest challenge of the three will be hardware. Before you jump into any of the projects please take the time to read through this chapter. Not only will it provide background information that the projects require, but it could save your life!

Sharing Your Work

One of the key aspects of the success of Arduino has been the community that has sprung up around it due to the open nature of the Arduino software and hardware. The software used on Arduino is entirely open source and the hardware design information (schematics, ...

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