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Make: Getting Started with Arduino, 3rd Edition by Michael Shiloh, Massimo Banzi

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Arduino is an open source physical computing platform for creating interactive objects that stand alone or collaborate with software on your computer. Arduino was designed for artists, designers, and others who want to incorporate physical computing into their designs without having to first become electrical engineers.

The Arduino hardware and software is open source. The open source philosophy fosters a community that shares its knowledge generously. This is great for beginners as help is often available geographically nearby and always online, at many different skill levels, and on a bewildering array of topics. Example projects are presented not just as pictures of the finished project, but include instructions for ...

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