Well, the fun is increasing with Arduino. We hooked up some circuitry which enables a transistor to switch a fairly large 12V load via a very small 5V digital pin on the Arduino board.
This has been a great learning resource: http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/trancirc.htm
Basically, we have 12V power going through a motor circuit (protected by a signal diode), and then to the collector of a transistor. The emitter of the transister is connected to ground.
Lastly, the Arduino ground is joined with the emitter, and the transistor is switched by a 5V digital output pin on the Arduino board.
Now, just need to find something useful to do!
Ok, so if you haven’t heard about it, Arduino is a really cool piece of “open source hardware”. In simple terms, it is a single board computer with a number of analog and digital inputs and outputs, that can be programmed from your computer, but run independently.
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
I recently got this starter kit from Amazon.com:
And have since been playing with making different circuits, etc… It has been a good experience in working with lower level electronics (ohm’s law, etc…)
Hope to post more soon!