Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that consists of both physical hardware and software. Arduino can be used to control electronics by reading input devices , such as sensors, and turning these into outputs. It is an extremely popular choice for beginners to advanced coders due the varied range of Arduino boards, their simplicity to use as well as the huge hardware and software ecosystem that exists. The software Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is completely free to use to write code that is loaded onto the Arduino Board. The Arduino code itself is essentially c/c++ with some specific Arduino functions that has been built with simplicity in mind.
Arduino microcontroller boards have all been designed to different specifications to be able to carry out certain tasks and projects whilst still being as easy to use as possible. They usually connect to computers with a USB cable and components attach into the headers without complicated soldering. We recommend the popular Arduino Uno Rev3 as a starter board or for most projects as this microcontroller board has one of the best interfaces. If you need an Arduino board to take on a bit more, the Arduino Mega 2560 Rev 3 has 54 input/output pins. The Arduino Nano is also a popular choice among hobbyists and makers, it is the smallest board from Arduino.
We think one of the easiest ways to get started with Aduino is to pick up an Arduino starter kit that contains all the components you need to start doing projects and learn the basics. The official Arduino starter kit is a great choice. There are a large range of Arduino Kits available, the best kit for you depends on what you want to do and your price range. As they include different types and numbers of components.
Explore some of our great Arduino kits.
Explore some of our great Arduino boards.
There are hundreds of official Arduino products and adds-ons available from Arduino shields to Arduino modules. Whether you are looking for a case to protect your board, a shield to expand the functionalities of your Arduino or just a power supply. Have a browse in our Arduino Shop to find what you’re looking for.
You’ll also find Arduino-compatible boards, shields and kits for sale at OKdo that are designed to suit a range of projects.
Explore some of our great Arduino accessories.
If you would like to get started with Arduino there is a huge amount of projects and tutorials to follow out there. Here at OKdo we have a getting started hub, that contains lots of set up guides including how to get started with the Arduino Nano 33 BLE or the Arduino Nano RP2040We also have a project area if you are looking for inspiration on what to do. You could try setting up an AI sweet sorter, build an IOT based weather monitor or programme a light show with LED strips. We can’t wait to see what you build!
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