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Arduino Hacking 101: Importing the Universe

Open Hardware
Location: D139/140
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 9 ratings)

So, you have learned the essentials of the Arduino platform, its software package, and completed a few tutorials – learned some basic electronics in the process, including blinking the inevitable LED. Now what?

This session aims to give you the tools to import the real world into the programming scope of your trusty $30 microcontroller, by covering the technology fundamentals and Arduino integration essentials of a wide variety of sensors and actuators, including:

  • Ultrasonic and IR rangefinders
  • Force sensing resistors (FSR), flex bending sensors, positional feedback
  • Photocells, IR Reflectors, IR Line finders, PIR motion sensors
  • Tilt sensors
  • Sensing magnets (Hall effect)
  • Sensing sound
  • Location (GPS, Compass, accelerometers)
  • Humidity and smoke sensors
  • Floor mat switches
  • …and more

In the actuator space we will examine the following:

  • Stepper motors
  • Servos
  • Linear actuators
  • Relays
  • Buzzers
  • Roving on 4 wheels

Interfacing with digital input and control devices, such as joysticks, softpot linear and circular sliders, switches and toggle buttons, rotary dials and IR Remotes, will also be demonstrated.

The aim is to give attendees a fundamental understanding of how all these components operate, and of how to operationally interface with them from the Arduino programming environment in practical sensing and control applications. We will demonstrate these parts in operational designs, live where appropriate, and provide references, purchasing advice and sample part numbers to get you started using them in your own projects.

We will round up your arsenal of design techniques with alternative power schemes (solar panels, battery packs, USB, etc) and a few mobility options to increase the variety of alternative choices at your disposal.

This session is suitable for Arduino hackers that have completed basic projects in the environment, or micro-controller users with good understanding of similar other platforms.

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Federico Lucifredi

Red Hat

Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, and is the Ubuntu server product manager at Canonical. As a software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell corporation, Federico was part of the SUSE Linux team for five years, overseeing the update stack of a $150 million maintenance business. Previously, Federico has been a CIO and a network software architect at technology and embedded Linux startups, and he has spent two years teaching in Boston University’s graduate and undergraduate programs, while simultaneously consulting for MIT. He is a frequent speaker at user group and conference events, notably the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon, LinuxWorld, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and the IMPlanet conferences, where he was a panelist representing the Jabber community. Federico is a recognized expert in computing performance issues, and consults pro-bono with Standard and Poor’s clients interested in free/open source software technical and strategic issues. He participated in the GPL v3 drafting process in the large-corporation panel.

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Federico Lucifredi
07/29/2011 5:11am PDT

Slides released. See y’all next year!

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Federico Lucifredi
07/28/2011 12:35pm PDT

We are working on a book on sensors and actuators… stay tuned for more Arduino Hacks coming your way :)

Harish Pillay
07/28/2011 12:10pm PDT

Loved the presentation and the sense of humour. I wish that there was a hands on time as well.

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Jon Guidry
07/27/2011 4:51am PDT

Great presentation – thanks for sharing all the components that we can use. I can’t wait to get hacking away on mine. I’ve been looking at these kits for years – starting with the Basic Stamp, but never got into them until I saw the Arduino.

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Federico Lucifredi
07/27/2011 4:43am PDT

Slides will be posted during the weekend. Thanks to the full room crowd for the great discipline, never thought we would finish all that on time! :)