Arduino, describes a set of boards that provide easy to use hardware and software that allows people to construct interactive projects using all manner of electronics. No prior knowledge is required to begin, tutorials and small projects exist to help introduce you to the vast features and possibilities that the board series offers. Before you know it you will be embarking on large and ambitious projects without any limits.
Based on the ATmega328P chipset the UNO is the entry level Arduino-compatible board. Featuring a socket for a AC-DC adapter that can power the board and supply more current then available from the USB connection. This allows you to use the board to power servos and large numbers of LEDs. The adapter should be 9 - 12V DC, 250mA or more, have a centre pin positive 2.1mm plug.
Offering a large range of input and outputs opens the board to be used in a large range of projects where the only limit is your imagination. The board can be connected up to all manner of sensors and switches as well as screens and LEDs, this allows for projects from automated watering systems to advanced robotics.
The board is programmed via the Arduino development software downloadable for FREE from their website. The software comes with a number of example codes to help introduce you to the system, we recommend trying the BLINK code example initially. If you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us using one of the methods below.
The board is based on the Open Source Arduino project and follows the same exact specification, bar the use of a CH340 chip instead of the FTDI chip. Both perform the same function, it is 100% Arduino-compatible. This may require a driver to be installed, however this is a standard driver that is distributed by Microsoft Windows Update, is not required on Linux and can be configured in MAC OS.