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Arduinos for Total Newbies:

Learn Arduino
using TV-B-Gone
as an example project

Abstract:

Happy total newbie hardware hackers learning Arduino

You've probably heard lots about Arduino. But if you don't know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you. As an example project, we'll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

(This is one of many cool things happening throughout 28C3 in the huge Hardware Hacking Area,
in Room A04, in the hackcenter -- in the basement.)

This workshop will be given twice:
      14:00h to 17:00h on Day 2 (Wednesday the 28th) and on Day 3 (Thursday the 29th).
Limited to the first 50 people to show up each day -- these will fill up, so please arrive early!

Full Description:

Arduino is an amazingly powerful tool that is very simple to learn to use. It was designed so that artists and non-geeks can start from nothing, and make something cool happen in less than 90 minutes. Yet, it is powerful enough so that uber-geeks can use it for their projects as well.

This workshop is easy enough for total newbies to learn all you need to know to get going on an Arduino.

Taught by Mitch Altman. Participants will make their own Arduino clone, and set it up on solderless breadboards to make their own TV-B-Gone remote control to turn off TVs in public places -- a fun way to learn Arduino (and electronics) basics. Bring your laptop, if you can.

Big thanks to Ken Shirriff, who came up with the original TV-B-Gone for Arduino.

Workshop Itinerary

Summary

     What: Arduino workshop for newbies, using TV-B-Gone remote controls as an intro
     When: This workshop will be given twice: 14:00h to 17:00h on Day 2 (Wednesday the 28th)
          and on Day 3 (Thursday the 29th).
     Where: Hardware Hacking Area, in Room A05/A06 (in the hackcenter -- in the basement)
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino. Ages 8 to 100
     Cost: Instruction is free,
          parts costs (if you want to make along with us and bring your Arduino TV-B-Gone home with you):
          €35

Bring your laptop if you want to go home with the free Arduino software installed on it.
Arduino software runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Links:

TV-B-Gone website
Ardiuno website
Ken Shirriff's TV-B-Gone Arduino project page
Ladyada's BoArduino page