6 open hardware projects for Arduino Day

6 Arduino projects to play with on Arduino Day

A lot has changed since the first Arduino board arrived a decade ago. Today, the Arduino family has grown to include more than two dozen low-cost, open hardware boards and an active community of more than 250,000 tinkerers.

With Arduino Day 2015 just around the corner, I've rounded up some of my favorite Arduino projects, tools, and articles to get you excited and inspired. So whether you're celebrating at one of the many community events or digging in to a project on your own, happy tinkering!

Build your own Arduino

If you have the know-how and time, what better way to celebrate Arduino Day than by building your own? Because Arduino is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license, you're free to do so without asking for permission or paying fees.

Open a door with 'open sesame'

From secret knocks to RFIDs, the Arduino community loves finding new and interesting ways to unlock doors. YouTuber Dheera Venkatraman figured out a way to unlock his by shouting "OK Google, open sesame" into his Anrdoid smartwatch.

Twitter-enabled coffee pot

With a quick tweet, this Arduino-powered coffee maker will get to work brewing a fresh pot of coffee. If tea is more your thing, there's an automated tea maker, too.

Testing and tinkering with an Arduino Starter Pack

As part of our Open Hardware Week, Opensource.com Community Moderator Luis Ibanez got his hands on Adafruit's Arduino Starter Pack, an ideal kit for beginners looking to get their feet wet with open hardware.

Catch 'em all with help from an Arduino

Fans of the original Pokemon games know catching all 151 can be tough, especially without a friend to trade with. Thanks to this Pokemon storage system from Pepijn de Vos, reaching that goal just got a little easier.

Twitter telegraph

With the help of an Arduino Uno and an Adafruit cell phone board, Devon Elliot connected an old telegraph sounder to Twitter. Now, it taps out tweets from the social networking site in Morse code.

Bonus: Online Arduino circuit simulator

Want to learn electronics without frying your Arduino? 123D circuits lets you design, simulate, and share your circuits in an easy-to-follow way.

What are your favorite Arduino projects and resources? Let us know about them in the comments. Do you have your own Arduino project or story to share? Submit your story to Opensource.com.

3 Comments

Luis Ibanez

Alex,

Thanks for the interesting and timely article.

These are indeed great projects to celebrate Arduino Day, tomorrow Saturday March 28th !

The Arduino+Twitter-enabled coffee pot is very tempting...

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Alex Sanchez

I really want to try the coffee pot setup, but I don't know if I could handle having that much power :)

Looking forward to reading your article when it's published tomorrow!

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Joshua Kramer

Don't forget Fritzing! This app will allow you to design a circuit on a virtual breadboard. But then, it will also generate a PCB layout file so you can create a PCB of your circuit!

http://fritzing.org/home/

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