AS220 Arduino Workshop

September 2009


Arduino is a microcontroller platform broadly used in the fields of art and design. It is used in creating all kinds of interactive artifacts, art installations, and prototypes. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

This workshop is geared towards anybody who is interested in creating interactive artifacts using sensors, motors, and other electronic devices. No previous electronics or programming experience is necessary, we will take you through the basics and work on some advanced projects such as controlling a motor and interfacing to your computer. As part of the four week workshop we give you the opportunity to design an interactive object either on your own or as part of a group.

Some of the topics we will be discussing:

No programming or electronics experience necessary. Bring your own computer if you want to keep the projects. You will need to purchase an Arduino kit from us as part of the workshop fee. More details here.

The goal of the workshop is for you to have a basic understanding of microcontrollers and electronics, enough to enable you to build your own interactive objects.

General Notes and Comments

[10/5/09] Posted the spec sheets for our semiconductors (see below)
[10/5/09] A brief note explaining resistive sensors and voltage dividers
[9/22/09] A brief note explaining interval scaling in the optical theremin
[9/14/09] Welcome!

Workshop Notes

Interesting Links

Where to buy Electronic Components (in no particular order)

Getting in touch with me

Lutz Hamel, email: