Arduino starter links

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Where to start:

http://arduino.cc/


Where to buy microcontrollers and sensors:

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php


References for arduino projects:
http://www.freeduino.org/

Some example projects:
http://www.sport4minus.de/blog/?p=152

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Small Victories.

After wrangling with my new toys, sifting through my new nifty little handbook (Banzi's Arduino starter book), and hanging with some helpful sites, I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this. I've successfully executed some (really) simple coding and am somewhat comfortable reading simple schematic diagrams.

Next stop – prototyping the NS73M FM transmitter breakout with Duemilanove.
Schematic: http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1193336744/0

Challenges on deck: understanding how to interface the IR sensor to Arduino and figuring out how to configure all the bits and pieces. I've learned this much for sure;

{
Brett + (IR sensor protocols) = angry childish tantrums;
}

Are these link of any use to me?
http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Code/InfraredReceivers
http://grinanbarrett.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/interfacing-the-sharp-gp2y0a21yk-ir-range-finder/

By far, this is the best site I've found to get up and running with Arduinos:
http://www.ladyada.net/

Other links...
Resistor calculator: http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm
http://ban-sidhe.com/blog/?p=1465


for connecting the IR sensor, you shouldn't need any special arduino code but a simple analogRead. a pin from the sensor gives a varying voltage that you can sense with the arduino's analog inputs directly.

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