Arduino Hacking 101: Importing the Universe

Federico Lucifredi (Red Hat)
Open Hardware
Location: D135 Level: Intermediate
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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, infrared and laser rangefinders
  • Force sensing resistors (FSR), flex bending sensors, positional feedback
  • Photocells, IR Reflectors, IR Line finders, PIR motion sensors, color sensors
  • Tilt sensors
  • Sensing magnets (Hall effect)
  • Sensing sound Location (GPS, Compass, accelerometers)
  • Humidity and smoke sensors
  • Biometric sensors
  • Floor mat switches, light barriers …and more

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.

And, yes, we have lasers!

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Federico Lucifredi

Red Hat

Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, and the Ubuntu Advantage 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 dollar 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
07/29/2013 10:44am PDT

Slides have been posted. See you all at the next OSCON!

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Federico Lucifredi
07/25/2013 10:52am PDT

Slides will be posted this weekend. Thanks for coming!

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Francesc Campoy
07/25/2013 9:21am PDT


I couldn’t attend this talk abut I’m very interested in it! Is there any slides or resources online I could check?



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