July 28, 2014

Build a simple counting timer with Arduino

Sometimes a task or exercise will require a simple timer, and a neat example of this has been documented on the WTH blog. They've used a small Arduino-compatible board to drive a double-digit LED display, and with a little work the entire unit can become portable for gym or other use.

Even without a real-time clock IC an Arduino can keep time quite accuraltey, and for this purpose solves the problem neatly. You can always modify the code for various counting options or add a few more buttons to create a customisable count up or down timer. A demonstration of the unit can be seen in the following video:

You can find the Arduino sketch and details in the timer project page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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