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Freetronics: Arduino-Compatible Electronics Kits & Parts

Here at Freetronics we design, sell and support our range of flexible, easy to use boards and modules, making it easy for you to build your own electronic projects.

What Is Arduino? Arduino is a very popular and easy to use programmable board for creating your own projects. Consisting of a simple hardware platform and a free source code editor with an easy “one-click compile/upload” feature, it’s designed to be really easy to use without being an expert programmer. Arduino is also the most popular microcontroller board for advanced users and all kinds of more ambitious projects.... Read more

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Arduino Kits Online

Looking for an Arduino kit online then you have come to the right place. We design, sell and supply electronic components which are arduino components.
For Arduino kits in Melbourne then always go for Freetronics.

Arduino parts online

If you need Arduino parts online our store has a wide range of kits and parts. Arduino melbourne, arduino uno, arduino duemilanove usb

Arduino duemilanove

We have lots of Arduino electronic components like ethernet shield, arduino mega usb and buy usbdroid

Microcontroller Boards

We sell a huge range of microcontroller boards which will be compatible with adruino electronic components

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September 29, 2016

Arduino Xylophone

If you love playing music and making electronics, why not combined these interests and create your own Arduino musical instrument? Instructables member audreyobscura has put together a fantastic set of instructions detailing how you can build your own xylophone.

XylophoneThe xylophone uses piezo sensors to detect when each note has been hit and then uses an Arduino Mega to turn this into a MIDI signal, allowing you to modify the music you make on your computer! If you are keen to get started on this project check out the following link.

If you're looking for a buzzer module to use in this project check out our sound and buzzer module:
PiezoAlthough you can use the sound and buzzer module to generate sounds, it can also be used as a knock-detector input to sense events and react to them. This means it is perfect for this project! For more information and to order, please visit the product page.

Planning on making your own xylophone? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 27, 2016

IoT Wardrobe

This intelligent wardrobe system automatically reminds you of the types of clothing and accessories you will  need based on the weather! Not only does it provide these recommendations,  but using a clever LED indicator system it also reminds you of where the different items you will require are located! For example the wardrobe might recommend that you take your umbrella with you if rain is forecast. This is an idea with lots of potential! To get started and to build upon the existing IoT Wardrobe concept, checkout the following link.

IoT Wardrobe

If you are looking for a display to use with your IoT wardrobe why not have have a look at the Freetronics 128X128 Pixel OLED Module. The display is a high resolution, full colour OLED making it perfect for graphics, gauges, graphs and more. To find out more check out the product page.

OLED

Inspired to build your own IoT wardrobe? Working on a project you would like us to feature in this blog? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 26, 2016

Arduino Stopwatch

If you are looking for a very simple Arduino project to learn more about Arduino coding, this project is perfect for you. Conor M has built an Arduino stopwatch which uses an LCD Keypad Shield to provide the buttons and screen for your stopwatch. The project requires you to simply plug in the shield and upload the stopwatch sketch, too easy! To find out more visit the instructables page.

Stopwatch

If you are looking for a rapid-use LCD for your Arduino stopwatch why not check out the Freetronics LCD & Keypad shield. The shield contains a bright 16x2 character LCD and five buttons that can be read from only one analog input pin making it perfect for this project!

LCD

Did I mention that you can play games on your LCD Shield? Check it out!

 

To find out more or to order checkout the product page.

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September 25, 2016

Skill Sunday: Uploading to your Arduino via a Network

Although it is fairly straight forward to upload a sketch to your Arduino by plugging it into your computer, there are certain times when this can be very inconvenient. For example, imagine you have an Arduino under your house collecting temperature and humidity values and you need to push a bug fix to your board. It can be a real hassle to get under your house with a laptop and updated your firmware! This is where uploading to you Arduino via a network comes in. With the help of a protocol called the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) you can easily upload sketches to Arduinos that are connected to your home network right from the comfort of your computer. To get started learning this useful skill checkout the following link.

TFTP

If you are looking to for an Arduino board with network capabilities why not checkout our EtherTen. The EtherTen is a 100% Arduino compatible board that can talk to the world. Do Twitter updates automatically, serve web pages, connect to web services, display sensor data online, and control devices using a web browser.

EtherTen

The Freetronics EtherTen uses the same ATmega328P as the Uno and the same Wiznet W5100 chip used by the official Arduino Ethernet Shield, so it's 100% compatible with the Ethernet library and sketches. Better still it even includes a micro SD card so that you can store content and log data. To find out more about the fantastic EtherTen checkout the product page.

Did you learn something new this Skill Sunday? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 24, 2016

WiFi Toilet Vacancy Sensor

Do you ever get up from your desk to go to the bathroom only to find that it is occupied? With this cool project from hassaku you can use a number of sensors, a buzzer,  and a Spark Core to create a toilet vacancy sensor.

Toilet Seat

The Spark Core interfaces with a Google Chrome extension which allows you to see in a quick glance if your bathroom is occupied. To get started on this unique project checkout the following link.

Spark Core

If you're looking for a buzzer module to use in this project check out our sound and buzzer module:Sound and Buzzer Module

It can be used as a noise-maker driven by your microcontroller for audible feedback of events, and it can also be used as a knock-detector input to sense events and react to them. Includes a built-in 1M resistor to allow the piezo element to detect shocks. For more information and to order, please visit the product page.

Planning on making your own toilet vacancy sensor? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 23, 2016

DIY Calculator

Although you can buy your own calculator very cheaply you can learn a lot by building your own. Kale_3d has developed an Arduino based calculator that uses a keypad and an LCD display to your calculations.

Calculator

The project is very well documented, including instructions on how to build the case, full code examples and a wiring diagram. This is a great project to learn about electronics assembly and coding and learn how to develop something more than a blinking LED! If you are keen to get started building your own calculator checkout the following link.  

Tools

If you are looking for a rapid-use LCD for your Arduino or compatible projects why not check out the Freetronics LCD & Keypad shield. The shield contains a bright 16x2 character LCD and five buttons that can be read from only one analog input pin:

LCD

Did I mention that you can play games on your LCD Shield? Check it out!

Inspired to create your own interactive coffee table? Working on a project you would like us to feature in this blog? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 22, 2016

IoT Propane Tank

If you live in a remote area it is possible that you are not serviced by a mains gas connection. If this is the case you are probably relying on a propane tank. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reliably track the amount of gas remaining in your tank so that you could schedule a top up and not risk running out of gas?

Propane Tank

This project from Julio Aguirre you can turn your propane tank into a solar powered IoT device that sends you up regular information about your propane tank. Not only does it provide you information but it also automatically emails or SMS’s your gas supplier to arrange a new delivery when you are running low. Even if you have a mains gas connection you could use this to keep track of the gas levels on your BBQ so that you never run out of gas at an inconvient time ever again! To get started on this project check out the following link.

Example Data

Looking for a temperature sensor to use in this project? Why not check out the Freetronics Humidity and Temperature Sensor Module?

Sensor

The module only requires three wires: GND, power and data. This means that it is very easy to get started recording temperature and humidity data! The find out more visit the product page.  

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