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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August 26, 2016

Experimenters Kit Video Series

If you have been reading our blog recently and have been inspired to create your own Arduino project but have no idea how to get started, the Freetronics Experimenters Kit is a fantastic tool to help you learn the skills you will need to work on more advanced projects. YouTuber Pancake has put together a fantastic series of videos which demonstrates the final result of each of the projects in the Experimenters Kit! You can check out the first video below:

 

These videos are a really useful resource if you are thinking about buying the experimenters kit and want to find out more about it, or if you are working through the experimenters kit and want to make sure you are on the right track!

Experimenters Kit

The Experimenters Kit includes a wide range of parts including a servo, sensors, lights, buttons, a sound module and more. Importantly, a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to ensure that the kit contains everything you need to get started with Arduino. All these great parts would be useless without some form of instructions which is why we have developed a comprehensive project and instruction booklet to get you started. Check out the product page to find out more.

Worked through our Experimenters Kit before? Keen to get started? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.  

August 25, 2016

DIY Public Transport Tracker

Are you someone who is always running late? Are you frustrated when you miss a train or bus and are left waiting outside for 20 minutes before the next service? With this cool project you can use a DMD (dot matrix display) to display the upcoming times for public transport services you regularly use. You can put this display up on your wall at home and (assuming public transport is GPS tracked in your city) automatically display the upcoming train or bus time predictions. This is sure to give you the motivation you need to make sure you are ready on time! You could even use this project to display upcoming weather forecasts so that you can make sure to dress appropriately for your trip. This project runs of a Raspberry Pi but could easily be adapted to run off an Arduino you prefer. To find out more about this awesome project check out the following link!

Transit Display

If you are looking for an LED dot matrix display to use in this project why not check out our range of displays. They are simple to use, yet very bright for indoor and outdoor situations. Available in various colours, the 32 x 16 LED matrix can display text and graphics easily, and can be daisy-chained together for extended displays. For more information, see our range of Dot Matrix Displays here.

Freetronics DMD

Working on a project you would like us to feature on this blog? Think you would find a transit display useful? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.  

August 24, 2016

Awesome Arduino Garden Lights

Have you ever thought it would be cool to nicely light up your garden? With this cool project from Steve8428 you can use addressable RGB LEDs to create a spectacular, dynamic garden lighting display.  The lights are made out of pipe off cuts and controlled by an Arduino. This is quite a basic project but that doesn’t mean that the result isn’t impressive!

Garden Lights

You could easily integrate this lighting system into an existing home automation system and change the mood of your garden from your phone or even automatically based on the time of year. If you can’t wait to get started sprucing up your garden you can check out the project at the following link.

Garden Lights

If you are looking for some addressable RGB LEDs to use in this project check out the FreePixel.

FreePixel

This is a colour LED with a brain! Includes a bright WS2812B addressable RGB LED. This smart module can be daisy-chained, so you can connect a number of these together in a string and drive each of the module colours individually from your microcontroller. To find out more or to order check out the following link.

Inspired by this project? 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.  

August 23, 2016

Motion Following Motorized Camera Base

Do the blindspots in your static security camera system cause you to sleep uneasily at night?  With this motion tracking camera system designed by Lindsay you can remove blind spots and ensure that your cameras will always be recording any intruders!  The project uses a motion sensor and servo to rotate a camera to ensure it is always facing the action. To get started on this cool project check out the following link. Full instructions, schematics and source code have been provided so you should have everything you need to get started.

Camera Base

If you are looking for an Arduino board to work on this hack why not check out the Freetronics “Eleven” Arduino Compatible Board.  

Eleven

The Eleven is just like an Arduino Uno (and 100% compatible), however the Freetronics team have made a number of improvements to the Arduino Uno design such as adding in a prototyping area, using a micro-USB connector and many more. These improvements mean that the Eleven is as easy to use as possible and is of the highest quality! To find out more about the fantastic Freetronics Eleven check out the following link. The Eleven has just come back into stock so order soon to avoid missing out!

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

August 22, 2016

Arduino Powered Thermal Imaging Camera

Are you fascinated by the idea of thermal imaging? Well I bet you didn’t realise that you can make your very own thermal imaging camera using Arduino! With this awesome project from stoppi71, using an Arduino, some servos and a thermal sensor you can be producing awesome thermal images in no time.

Thermal Imaging Camera

This is quite an advanced project but if you are willing to put in the effort you will be rewarded with a whole heap of new skills and a working thermal imaging camera. Worth it in our opinion!

Results

To get started on this fantastic project check out the instructable!

If you are looking for an Arduino board to control your thermal imaging camera why not check out the Freetronics “Eleven” Arduino Compatible Board.  

Eleven

The Eleven is just like an Arduino Uno (and 100% compatible), however the Freetronics team have made a number of improvements to the Arduino Uno design such as adding in a prototyping area, using a micro-USB connector and many more. These improvements mean that the Eleven is as easy to use as possible and is of the highest quality! To find out more about the fantastic Freetronics Eleven check out the following link. The Eleven has just come back into stock so order soon to avoid missing out!

Enjoyed learning about Arduino powered thermal imaging? Working on a project you would like us to feature on this blog? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

August 21, 2016

Skill Sunday: Installing Arduino Libraries

Why you download the Arduino software environment it already comes with plenty of code examples and supported hardware. However, it is impossible for every single piece of hardware to be supported.  This is where libraries come in. Libraries are modules of code that can be used to add specific features or hardware support to your Arduino software environment. Sounds great, how do I add these amazing libraries to my own software environment I hear you ask! I’m glad you asked, because we have a fantastic tutorial which guides you through the ins and outs of installing Arduino libraries. To get started learning this essential skill check out the following link!

Libraries

One common piece of hardware that requires a library is the humble LCD. 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 Shield

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

 

Did you learn something new this Skill Sunday? Have a favourite library you would like to recommend us? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.  

August 20, 2016

Build a Colour Sorting Robot with Arduino

So you love to sort things by colour? Do you wish skittles or m&m's came pre sorted? With this fantastic project from Dejan Nedelkovski you can build your own colour sorting robot.

Colour Sorter

This is a fantastic project to develop your Arduino skills and learn how to interface between Arduino, motors and sensors. The instructions Dejan has prepared include full code examples! If you want to get started making your own colour sorting robot check out the following link or watch the video below to see the robot in action.



Want to make your own colour sorter but don’t know where to get started with Arduino? Check out our Experimenter’s Kit which provides a perfect platform to learn the basics.

Experimenters Kit

The kit is comprised of a wide range of parts including a servo, sensors, lights, buttons, a sound module and more. Importantly, a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to ensure that the kit contains everything you need to get started with Arduino. All these great parts would be useless without some form of instructions which is why we have developed a comprehensive project and instruction booklet to get you started. Check out the product page to find out more.

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.  
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