Unlike any other unboxing blog, this is rather a ‘cheer phaad’ one. Here, we will try to skin our Arduino Starter kit alive, just to let you know what it comprises of, and how useful it is. It is recommended that you read this blog, if you’re planning to buy the kit, or have bought one already.
So, if you are following us for some time now, you might know what this is.
Yes! you guessed right, this is an Arduino Starter kit, professor.
Oops… I spilled it…
…This is not milk, so it’s okay if I cry on this
Moving on, let’s have a look at this mess, one by one.
1) Arduino UNO
Well, the Arduino Starter kit actually has an Arduino in it, surprised no? Okay, let’s not try to be funny.
So, Arduino UNO is a microcontroller, basically the brain of this kit, and is the key component for innumerable projects and hardware applications. You can simply program it with your computer, to get the desired output for your project.
2) Arduino USB Cable
Well, Arduino isn’t wireless, neither are you a sorcerer. You would need a wire to connect your Arduino to a computer, wouldn’t you? So here, have one.
In case you’re wondering, No! you cannot make a sandwich with it. Breadboard is, however, an important tool for rapid prototyping and testing. You can make temporary connections on it to test your project, before you go into making the final one, stitched and soldered.
Want to know how the breadboard works? Click here.
4) Jumper Wires
To make your rapid-prototyping and testing possible, you would need temporary connections, wouldn’t you? So, we have put in the kit, two types of jumper wires you could possibly use, Male-to-male and male-to-female. Stop giggling!
5) LCD 16×2
An LCD is a useful tool to visualize the results of your project. It can be a great help if you’re making a monitoring device to keep a track of all the values and results. You can also find one in our kit, and please don’t bother asking whether it runs movies or not, it doesn’t.
6) Matrix Keypad
Although this matrix keypad doesn’t dodge bullets like Neo, it is very useful in its own distinctive way. This keypad allows you to give a digital input to your system via key-press. Distinctive functions can be associated with each key to get a corresponding result accordingly.
7) DC Motor
I believe we’re pretty much familiar with this thing, yes it is a DC motor. It is one of the most basic devices which gives off a rotatory actuation against a small voltage input. It is commonly used in toy cars or fans. We thought you might need one, so here you go.
8) SG90 Servo Motor
Servo motor is like that foreign cousin of a DC motor, who went abroad and came back with an accent. The spin of a servo motor can be controlled, as it is a more disciplined motor. We can even control the angle and time duration of its rotation, and use it according to our use.
9) Motor Controller (L298N)
Motor controller (L298N), also known as, Motor Driver is a component which provides the necessary current for the motors to operate. It takes a low current signal as an intput and converts it into a bigger current for the motor to actuate. In short, DC motors alone are not that useful. What motor driver does is that it let’s you control the speed and direction of a DC motor.
10) Ultrasonic Sensor
NO, we did not decapitate Wall-E. This is actually how an ultrasonic sensor, or a Sonar sensor, looks like. This component is capable of detecting objects in its line-of-sight. It work on the simple principal of echolocation, where it transmits a signal and records the time after which it is received the reflected signal back.
11) DHT11 – Temperature and Humidity Sensor
DHT11 is a temperature and humidity sensor. It record the temperature and humidity level of the surroundings and gives off a value to the microcontroller. It is best used for projects related to gardening and climate.
12) Resistors Pack
We knew that you might need a couple of resistors to use with your projects, so we put a bunch of the most commonly used ones in the kit. “Join the resistance… Ohmmmm”!
LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, and if you haven’t guessed already, they give off light. LEDs are the most commonly used components for indication of an output. We chose the colors, red, green, and yellow for you, and put four of each color in the kit for your projects. *blinks light*
Ugh… although this looks a lot like a ‘Daddy Long Legs’ character, trust us it’s not. LDR stands for Light Dependent Resistor, and as the name suggests its resistance doesn’t take ‘light’ that light. Light intensity decides the value of the resistance the LDR would be operating on. We’ve put two of these creatures in your kit for you to play with.
15) Push Button
The only thing that annoys me the most about push-buttons is that they get very pushy at times. Otherwise, push-buttons are a great tool if your output is instantaneous or only required when the button is pressed e.g. a door bell. We’ve also added two of these for you to keep pushing.
Like LEDs, buzzers are also a great indicator, except where LEDs give visual indication, buzzers give an auditory one. These buzzers are capable of producing a monotonic tone, and can indicate the user even if he/she is not looking. Please note that these buzzers cannot be used in reality game shows like Jeeto Pakistan, in case you had plans.
Alright, just to answer your question beforehand, No! this is not a baby dinosaur. This is actually known as a Potentiometer. It is a variable resistor, where you can adjust the resistance of the component by simply rotating the knob. Have you seen the dimmer of your ceiling fan? This is the exact same thing. We threw one right in the kit for you, so that once you’re done with your project, you can fix your fan.
A screwdriver is one of the most famous tools in a toolbox; we locally know it as “Paichkuss”. It is used to tighten or loosen screws in your project. We have added a 2-in-1 convertible screwdriver for you in the kit, so that you may go around and screw things up.
19) Baby Dinosaur
Alright, so this is actually a baby dinosaur *baby voice* “Isn’t he cuute?” ugh…*clears throat*. Don’t worry, we did not add one in your kit. However, if you happen to find one, do let it know we said “Hi”.
So now that you know what the kit contains, Shouldn’t you get one?
Don’t wait, get your Arduino Starter Kit today!
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