I bought an Arduino

June 9, 2015

This weekend I surprised myself and bought an Arduino starter kit. I already own a Raspberry Pi but was interested in playing around with a more microcontroller-type setup rather than a small PC with some GPIO pins.

My reasons were a little hurried, but it basically stemmed from a few things that came together in a perfect storm.

Firstly, I’ve had a very vague sense of electronics because it never really interested me. Spending hours building a circuit that can only ever do one thing did not appeal to me when younger as much as writing software did.

Software is fluid, electronics is not. Electronics I can drive with a cheap microcontroller - a programmable microcontroller - does interest me. It means I can trivially get and input data to control simple circuits. That does interest me.

Secondly, whilst I’m not interested in the hype around the “Internet of Things”, the idea of being able to play around with network connected hardware fascinates me. I’m particularly interested in sensing of environmental traffic, but we’ll see where it goes.

I also have a young niece coming back to the UK from abroad for the first time in many years and I thought it might be nice to sit down and play with this kit a bit. Something tactile might keep interest piqued.

Finally, it looks like a lot of fun. A rainy weekend spent tinkering with a project is something I’m looking forward to.

I bought an Arduino - June 9, 2015 - Paul Robinson