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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 25 by Mark Frauenfelder

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Primer: Make and Use an Arduino

Build and program a microcontroller clone with no soldering.

BY DALE WHEAT

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Photography by Dale Wheat

Last year, Brett Stephens and Chris Holloway of the Houston hackerspace Tx/Rx Labs (txrxlabs.org) invited me to help with their first workshop: how to build an Arduino from the ground up. It was a huge success — all 20 participants built their own Arduino clone on a solderless breadboard and walked away knowing how to program it.

I told Brett I would steal his idea and take it back to share with the Dallas Personal Robotics Group (dprg.org), of which I’m a member. Brett not only offered to give me his detailed 67-page ...

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