21 Arduino Projects: Tutorial Links

Arduino ProjectsLaunched in 2005, Arduino is an open-source computer hardware and software company, project and user community that designs and manufactures microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world.

The Arduino platform provides an integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Processing project, which includes support for C, C++ and Java programming languages.

As a result, there are a wide variety of Arduino projects for both hobbyists and professionals: common examples include simple robots, motion detectors and thermostats.

In this blog post, we’ve detailed our XX favorite Arduino projects. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it should give you a good foundation of the Arduino platform and its capabilities.

21 Arduino Projects

Internet of Things Wall Outlet
PULSATING LED CUBE
ARDUINO VOYAGER BOT
Arduino Party Lights
RE-CREATE THE ARCADE CLASSIC “PONG”
Arduino Smart Remote
“THE TV DEVIL” ARDUINO PRANK REMOTE
COMPANION CUBE MOOD LAMP
THE TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROLLER
ARDUINO-POWERED TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER
DIY Water Gun Twitter Enabled Intruder Alarm
Seek N’ Sneak Robotic Cleaning Pet
DIY Arduino MIDI 2 Light Relays
SIMPLE ARDUINO ALARM SYSTEM
Mimic Monster Voice Manipulation
BUILD A GIANT LED PIXEL DISPLAY
ARDUINO-POWERED LASER TURRET
Arduino + Raspberry Pi Web Sensor
MAKE YOUR OWN AMBILIGHT FOR $60
The Fibonacci Clock
Smart Patient Monitoring System

Internet of Things Wall Outlet
iot wall socket

This project was conceived when I felt the need to automatically reduce the speed of an AC ceiling fan in the bedroom as temperature drops through the night. In Bangalore, where I live, during winters, I like to switch on the fan when I go to sleep. But early mornings, when the temperature drops, the fan makes it even colder. Which disturbs my sleep and I don’t want to or cant get up to reduce the speed or switch off the fan since the wall socket is not close to the bed. So I needed a way to automatically shutoff the fan or reduce its speed in the mornings and thought of building one myself since there aren’t any commercial products already available in the market. I know, I know, there are bigger problems to solve in this world, but I guess this problem needs solving too, so what the heck 🙂

Source: See Project Here

Pulsating LED Cube

This little 4 x 4 x 4 cube uses super bright LEDs as well as some mutliplexing to control the lighting from a single Arduino Uno board. If you haven’t quite mastered soldering, this is good practice, and it’ll prove especially useful as you foray into building projects that are a little more permanent than the starter projects you’ve most likely been building to this point. In addition, you can program the cube to do some really cool stuff once you’re finished.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino Voyager Bot

A cam-streaming carbot controlling from a web browser using Nodejs with Raspberry pi and Arduino.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino Party Lights

arduino project party lightsNow this is a multipurpose project. Use it as a party light OR as a gig booster. Adding colors and manipulating the light sequence is easy thing to do.

Source: See Project Here

Re-Create the Arcade Classic “Pong”

For retro game lovers, former Atari 2600 owners, or just someone looking for a cool project that utilizes exactly none of the resolution of your new 4k tv, you can re-create the classic Atarti game Pong using just a few easy-to-find parts, and an Arduino. This project uses a lot of the parts found in most Arduino starter kits, and uses them to make two controllers as well as a fully-functioning Pong game that you’ll output to your television screen through a standard composite cable.

recreate pong arduino project

You’ll learn how to use a potentiometer, how to output signals from the Arduino to your television, and you’ll even get to brush up on some Arduino essential skills such as coding and soldering.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino Smart Remote

Instructables user sistemasymicros shows us how to control our TV, DVD and audio system with an Arduino and Android app smart remote.

The tutorial is divided into two parts. As the author points out, it’s his first Instructable in English. Fun project!

Source: See Project Here

“The TV Devil” Arduino Prank Remote

This simple project allows you to use an IR (infared) remote in order to program a receiver to create a moderate amount of innocent chaos using anything that you can control with an IR remote. This particular project details the process of building a remote control that makes your television seem as if it has a mind of its own while it switches channels at random, turns itself on and off, or just generally acts as if it has a mind of its own.

The prank itself is a great intro to learning the basics of IR control and receivers, which will lead you into more advanced projects like creating a Siri-controlled remote. But, before we walk we must learn to crawl, and this is a good place to start.

Source: See Project Here

Companion Cube Mood Lamp

This Portal-themed mood lamp uses a square glass jar to create a color-shifting display that looks incredible in any dark room. The project itself is ideal for an Arduino beginner and most of the parts are included in your Arduino starter kit. Creating the lamp is a great starting point for beginners as the wiring, build and the code are relatively simple and a great way to slowly build into more advanced projects by learning some essential beginner’s electronics skills that you can call on later.

Source: See Project Here

The Traffic Light Controller

This super simple project is a great introduction to Arduino programming. The traffic light controller uses a red, yellow, and green LED to re-create a traffic light on your breadboard, and give you the opportunity to hack the code in order to adjust the output, timing or even the sequence itself. It’s a wonderfully easy way to get your hands wet with simple coding, and learn to modify it to fit your goals for a particular project.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino-Powered Temperature Controller

Arduino-Powered Temperature ControllerOn the Pacific Coast of Mexico, where I live, the average year-’round temperature hovers at a pleasant 70-degrees, making central air or heat a relatively rare occurrence. I’m not complaining, and generally the temperature doesn’t warrant any sort of need for control, but certain instances (growing plants indoors, cooling items in a mini-fridge to a set temperature, controlling surface temperature of a reptile cage, etc.) could require the need for a more constant temperature. With an Arduino, and a few parts, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own instead temperature control device instead of forking over two or three times as much (or more) on a pre-built model.

Source: See Project Here

DIY Water Gun Twitter Enabled Intruder Alarm

What’s better than a motion detector for home security? A tweeting motion detector that can spray water!

diy water fun arduino project

In this project, we will build a water spraying intruder alarm using a Lightblue Bean (a BLE enabled Arduino micro controller) equipped with a PIR motion sensor. After spraying the intruder, the Lightblue Bean will trigger a nearby computer to take a picture, and upload it to Twitter. We will also be able to remotely arm or disarm the motion detector by sending messages to the system through Twitter.

This project uses the power of Node-RED and Python to capture images and to connect the system to Twitter.

Source: See Project Here

Seek N’ Sneak Robotic Cleaning Pet

Initially conceived as a way to motivate young Makers to clean their rooms, the robot can be assigned to carry out a wide range of mundane tasks. Built around the versatile Arduino Mega (ATmega2560), the open-source machine can be programmed to navigate, seek out or throw items grab with a little coding in the Arduino IDE.

seek n sneek arduino robot

The standard Seek N’ Sneak set is comprised of everything a Maker would possibly require to assemble their very own autonomous bot. This includes an Arduino for its brain, several laser-cut body parts, DC motors with encoders, dual-motor shield and wheels, arm powering servos, IR proximity sensors, and the standard nuts, bolts and wires. What’s more, when it comes to the robots’ arms and chassis, Makers can choose from either 5mm black acrylic glass, 3mm galvanized aluminum or 2mm milled.

Source: See Project Here

DIY Arduino MIDI 2 Light Relays

MIDI In: $4 USB-2-MIDI interface. I chopped off the MIDI out jack and ran it my circuit.
I used a solderable breadboard from Amazon for the MIDI In and followed the schematic here leaving off the 100k resistor. I used a 4n25 optoisolator from Jameco and some random diodes I had lying around and they seem to work okay. No fires yet.

Source: See Project Here

Simple Arduino Alarm System

This simple alarm system uses a motion sensor to detect movement and emit a high pitched tone, as well as a visual display consisting of flashing LED lights. The project itself will introduce you to a couple of add-ons that don’t come in your Arduino starter kit (listed below), as well as the nuances of of using NewPing, which is an Arduino library used to help you monitor and test your sonar distance sensor.

While it’s not exactly whole home protection, it does offer a perfect solution to protect small spaces, such as bedrooms or your snack drawer, from those creeping roommates of yours.

Source: See Project Here

Mimic Monster Voice Manipulation

It’s time to introduce you to another great tutorial made for Intel Edison. Mimic Monster is a project allowing you to record soundbites and playing them back manipulated.

In this step-by-step project, everyone who is interested in audio features and mods , can find useful information on how to manipulate audio files and create amazing effects from your voice.

Source: See Project Here

Build a Giant LED Pixel Display

For the LED lovers out there, this display is a relatively simple build in the Arduino sense, but physical construction could be a little more time consuming, and/or frustrating. The LED pixel display uses strands of LEDs in order to create vibrant patterns, text, or even animated GIFs that you can frame, and hang right on your wall. The build relies mostly on skills you’ve learned to this point, but with the addition of some firmware integration and the use of external software, called Glediator (free) that allows you complete LED matrix control as well as the ability to create live or pre-recorded mixes of your LED animations.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino-Powered Laser Turret

While there aren’t a lot of practical reasons for building an Arduino-powered laser turret, that doesn’t make it any less fun to play with when you complete it. Using a few affordable parts, and an optional smoke machine, you too can turn off the lights and re-create any number of scenes from popular Sci-Fi films, or – even better – create two of them and have your very own laser battles inside any dark room.

For some Arduino beginners, this will be your first foray into using a servo, but if you’ve been following along, the other skills are going to be firmly within your wheelhouse. In addition, the code is easily hackable and allows you to customize the time between bursts, as well as the number of shots to take and the start and end position for each servo.

Source: See Project Here

Arduino + Raspberry Pi Web Sensor

This Arduino and Raspberry Pi based project takes sensor data from the Arduino and sends it over USB to the Raspberry Pi. The data is then formed into a web page on the Pi. The web page is fully customizable. Here we use the Freetronics IR Thermometer Module to supply a stream of data to the Arduino then to the Pi. Its good if you want to have the Arduino host webpages that contain sensor data but you don’t have a Ethernet Shield. Just send it to the Pi to take advantage of more computing power.

arduino raspberry pi web server

Source: See Project Here

Make Your Own Ambilight for $60

Originally developed for Phillip’s TVs, the Ambilight features ambient lighting that reacts to the images on your television screen. The technology was only featured in a limited number of TVs, and as such it led many makers to attempt to re-create the Ambilight in order to work with any TV. With affordable and programmable LED strips, this project is now one that even a beginner can take on, and for as little as $60 in parts.

In this project, we’ll learn a bit more about re-using parts from other projects, or from items that we might have laying around the house, such as the power supply that keeps the entire thing running. The LED strips are also going to be new to most Arduino beginners, and although the configuration is a bit tedious, the strips themselves are relatively easy to figure out and use for a number of future Arduino projects.

Source: See Project Here

The Fibonacci Clock

I present to you the Fibonacci Clock, a clock for nerds with style. Beautiful and fun at the same time, the clock uses the famous Fibonacci sequence to display time in a brand new way.

fibonacci arduino clock

Source: See Project Here

Smart Patient Monitoring System

Monitoring vital signs and locations of certain classes of ambulatory patients can be useful in overcrowded emergency departments and at disaster scenes, both on-site and during transportation. To be useful, such monitoring needs to be portable and low cost, and have minimal adverse impact on emergency personnel, e.g., by not raising an excessive number of alarms. The SMART (Scalable Medical Alert Response Technology) system integrates wireless patient monitoring (ECG, SpO2), geo-positioning, signal processing, targeted alerting, and a wireless interface for caregivers. A prototype implementation of SMART was piloted in the waiting area of an emergency department and evaluated with 145 post-triage patients. System deployment aspects were also evaluated during a small-scale disaster-drill exercise.

smart patient monitoring

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