Hmm, Arduino Duemilanove (available on sparkfun), sparkfun basic breadboard, sparkfun resistor pack and sparkfun component pack.
Thats a good way to start with arduinos, if you want to do more than blink leds .
And you'll probarly need some solid core wire too, sparkfun sells spools for like 3/4 dollar.
www.sparkfun.com (in case you live outside of the usa, you might consider buying it from a sparkfun reseller to save some shipping: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/distributors.php )
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...roducts_id=666 ( D: )
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...roducts_id=512 (Check your house, maybe you have a cable like this already lying around somewhere)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8431 (Really optional, they are nice to connect the breadboard with the arduino, as they are nice and elastic, but you can use normal wire as well)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9375 (Cool for making stuff like knock-codes for your door)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9088 (Can make some cool light-measurements)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9198 (Really fun to play with, you can measure the vibrations that a truck driving past your home creates)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9594 (depending on your budget you can get quite a few of these)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9288 (Can be used for a lot)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...products_id=97 (Get a few, depending on your budget, you can always needs some buttons)
It's quite a deal with that, they cost a lot on Sparkfun. But if you live in Europe, you can get them really cheap in packs of hundreds for only 3 € from Conrad. Problem is that their shipping is quite high, so you'd have to buy a few so it actually is worth paying the shipping.
For now I recommend getting some of these:
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8377 (One for each LED)
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8374 (One for each Button and Sensor)
This is really a nice starting kit for not that much money.
WARNING DO NOT EVER GET JUMPER WIRES FROM SPARKFUN, THEY ARE WAY TOO OVERPRICED. You can get a pack of 75 wires for 5 dollars on adafruit.
Thanks for the tips guys, I might be convinced to just get a set of parts myself.
Can anyone recommend a good project to start with?
Simon game, 4 diffrent color leds and a piezo buzzer. You'll also need 4 buttons, rest is coding.
Damn, everything is overpriced SparkFun and Adafruit.
You can get everything at 1/4 the price from Thailand.
A pack of 300 wires of jump wire costs only 10USD here.
Smaller packages are from 1USD to 5USD.
Sparkfun is waaayyyy too overpriced, adafruit is OK.
I use http://www.futurlec.com to get my components.
Ships from Thailand, and has quite good pricing (Like that 1.50 photocell is 0.25 there) if you just order a few things at the same time. Resistors are 10 cents / 10 pieces, keypad 2.2$...
Shipping is 4$ for order under 29$, and not much after that.
I have discovered, soldering with a cheap ass soldering iron may not be the best way to go. My protoshield is...hideous...
You dont need a 200 dollar > soldering iron when starting...
Shipping times are probably 2/3 weeks though, not sure.
I got my stuff in 9 days or so... but then again I live 50km from the airport.
All good things come for those who wait.
I'd buy a big stack of commonly used components (the shift register seems to be very useful (74HC595 I think)) and then get locally if you need something special.
Free RAM samples for arduino.
Hey guys, do you think it would be possible to use one of these to control a natural display calculator's natural display?
I don't have one, but I'm planning to get one, and I just had this idea yesterday.
Sparkfun: 2$ for both (http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...roducts_id=241)
Futurlec: 0.16 each, so 32 cents total.
Now that's what I call a markup.
But when I buy from futurelec, I support bad working conditions in Asian fabrics, and also support massibe pollution.
Brb, going to pay my futurelec order
People always keep saying that they want to pay the extra mooney on sparkfun because of the community...
My Arduino rocked up!
I've put together my first semi interesting circuit - red, blue and green leds that blink when temperature increases, decreases or stays constant. These things are fun!
Going to add some people to the arduino list.
Heads up, I managed to get some free stepper-motor control, temperature, audio, and RTC IC samples from Texas Instruments....
You can get the motor chips in DIP and other chips usually in 8-pin SMD you can break out with cheap boards.
For free? How did you do that?
You don't even have to lie that you would do something useful, just put university if it asks and university (zero) when checking out.
Almost all chips are SMD parts though (PDIP is the normal IC you can breadboard, motor drivers have that variety), so you need a breakout-board, but those are 50 cents or so.
Going to get myself some free chips then :D.
Aw damn what am i going to enter at office phone number ...
I just looked into the 2 wire temperature sensors, but how would you control these?
Is it actually legal to get those chips for hobby purposes?
I've just bought a pack of 800 male headers and a pack of 800 female headers for 4,50 euro. Also bought a nice LCD screen, here is a picture,