October 15, 2013

Build an Arduino-powered Useless Machine

What is a "useless machine"? Something that is useless? At first glance, perhaps the answer to that question is "Yes!" - however "useless machines" do have their place. They can be great projects to make when learning about electronics, Arduino, enclosure design and other facets of taking a project from an idea to a finished product. This process has been demonstrated very well by Instructables user "riachi" with their example that not only turns itself off, it also has various moves that can be randomly programmed to give the end user some variety in the machine's response:

And after you've had enough with the device, it would make an interesting gift for a younger child or talking point at the office. Either way, visit the project page learn how to make your own. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.

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