Saturday, 24 January 2015

Shrimping It at Cambridge

Make your own Arduino clone

I've just come back from a Shrimping workshop at the /dev/winter conference in Cambridge.

I've run quite a few of these workshops now, and they have all been fun. Participants build the Shrimp, a low-cost Arduino clone on a breadboard, and start learning to program it using the Arduino IDE.

The Shrimp was developed by the Makers of Morecambe. The Morecambe Maker I've met is Cefn Hoile; he maintains the website and provides kits at an unbeatable price.

...and what to do next

Several of the workshop participants asked for advice about what to do next. There's a huge amount of information about Arduino techniques, libraries, shields and projects, but that's a problem in itself. Where do you start?

One option is to take the free Life After Blink e-course I put together for people who'd attended my Shrimping It! workshops. It's a series of online lessons, along with a google groups support group.

At some stage I will probably turn that into a low-cost ebook and/or a course on Udemy, but for now the on-line version is available, and free.

You'll need

  • about £10 worth of components (details in the course)
  • a computer running the Arduino IDE (under Windows, Linux or OS/X)
  • either a Shrimp or a commercial Arduino.
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