[kwlug-disc] Arduino: hardware hacking project

Cedric Puddy cedric at thinkers.org
Sun Feb 1 23:17:29 EST 2009

Hi Everyone,

I've got one, and a (currently broken) sim card reader as well that  
was trying to interface to the serial port of the Arduino (until I  
determined that it was broken, and therefore not going to be talking  
to anything until I replaced a couple of components...).

I picked one up at the last HOPE, and managed to compile a couple  
*very* basic programs for it before becoming distracted by other  

When it comes to real world interfacing, this stuff is simply blowing  
the barriers to entry right to smithereens -- I've done old school  
stuff (parallel port interfacing mainly), and therefore have an  
appreciation for just how much basic clutter the Arduino & pals take  
care of.

I would highly recommend playing with it -- it's cheap n' cheerful,  
and limited only by your free time, imagination, and ability to cope  
with basic electronics.

	All the Best,


On 31-Jan-09, at 3:32 PM, Daniel Allen wrote:

> The local Perl Mongers have been expanding our interests a bit lately;
> we've had talks on Python and other interpreted languages, and in
> March, we hope to get into a hardware hacking project.  Just 'cause.
> I was wondering if anyone was interested in going in on an order on an
> Arduino: (assembled, for $30 USD)
> http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=50&zenid=fd478b1e11b5e26e4354946fe164bac2
> Shipping looks like it's a fairly flat-rate $35 for the order, and
> there is a bulk discount of 10% if we buy 10.
> I'm looking to work my way up to building something like this:
> http://blog.russnelson.com/opensource/reusing-floppy-stepper-motors.html
> ...If you have a better source for Arduinos, or want to recommend in
> favour of a different microcontroller system, we're all ears...
> (though it's hard to argue against arduino; it's got open-source
> linux/mac/windows developer environment, and this model comes with a
> USB port for easy programming...)
> Let me know if you want in on the order, I'll take paypal or cash when
> you come to get your hardware from me. :)  (I'm guessing: pick-up at
> the University; or if you want to come to the Mongers Meeting, it's
> going to be a Tuesday evening in March).
> -Daniel
> ps- the Perl Mongers site is at http://kw.pm.org/ though we don't yet
> have any info about the hardware hacking meeting up yet.
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