Sunday, August 29, 2010

Arduino Workshop - Day 1

The first day of our 10-day Arduino workshop went over as an introduction to electronics and the Arduino. To view our lecture slides from the day (in .ppt format), click on the provided links.

We began by reviewing Ohm's Law (for those of us who haven't had a physics class since high school) and some basic terminology that we will be using throughout the course.

Arduino Workshop - an Introduction

Basics of Electronics

We viewed a few examples on Youtube of projects that people have built with Arduino. We then broke for coffee. Ah, coffee.

Slightly more focussed, and with a bit more intensity, we then plunged into the practices of electronics. We applied Ohm's Law to reading the connections on a breadboard. We learned how to calculate the resistance of a resistor according to a color code.

Breadboard Workshop

The Circuit, Battery, and LED

The Multimeter

Then we went out for hummus. Ah, hummus.

Upon our return, we began playing with our new breadboards, cables, resistors, LED's, switches, potentiometers, and multimeters. We learned exactly when to take measurements of resistance and voltage on a multimeter (a lesson that cost us a dear five new LED's, collectively).

The remainder of the afternoon was spent on an overview of schematic diagrams and their conventional symbols.

Parts and Schemes - The Basics

Parts and Schemes - Building Advanced Circuits

Saturday, August 28, 2010

BIU Arduino 2010 Workshop: Arduino Links

Our Arduino 2010 Workshop

Starting in August 31/8/2010 we will have  a 10 day intensive Arduino Workshop at the BIU music and Technology Program.

For this workshop, we are putting a list of useful Arduino links here. Students in the Program and other people on earth may also contribute to this list by adding comments (or editing the Blog).

So let's start:


General Links:

Intro to Electronics by CCRMA:

Using Multimeter :

Arduino Workshop of Betzalel (Hebrew):

Measuring with Multimeter:

A List of Electronic Symbols:

Examples Using Arduino for Musical Instruments or Interfaces:

General Arduino Projects:

A sweet matchstick- so cute:

Biking jacket with Arduino:

3D interface with force sensors:

Moving furniture (sweet!):

Musical instruments and interfaces:

A pencil that draws sounds:

A laser harp:

Great way to augment the voice using VAMP from MIT Media Lab:

Simple instrument that uses a strip resistor:

Arduino theremin that sounds bad but is cute:

Using pumps to play music (super sweet!):

Play on glass:

A max project:

KBOW a hightech bow:

Using Wii and Max together, from minute 4 it's more the max part. The video is long but has useful tricks:

Using Ipad:

An ethnic drum machine:

Water piano: sounds bad but nice control:

The same idea with Arduino:

Simple use of a light sensor:

Guitar with a keyboard:

Rock measurement – it's really nice:


Drum machine:

Guitar pedal:

Amazing talking piano:

An ant-farm musical instrument:

Augmented Reality, 3D Interfaces:

Sweet robot "eye":

Augmented reality ad of a car:

3D interface:

Wii project:

Google Earth interface:


Simple infra red robot (jump to 1 min):!/