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What’s an Arduino?

What’s an Arduino?

Jun 10, 2013

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 running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

Last week on June 6th locally in OC at OCHackerz, I had the opportunity to see a robotic hand, made from the Arduino microcontroller by Aaron Thomen from MindMIDI.


Check out Aaron’s instructions from Surfing Reality on how to build a robotic hand:

Learn more about Arduino free open source hardware:

Also to find out what’s new at OChackerz, please visit:


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