The Parts You Need - Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition (2015)

Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide, Second Edition (2015)

The Parts You Need

Here’s a list of the parts you need to work through all the projects in this book. In addition, each chapter lists the parts you’ll need for that chapter’s projects, so you can try projects chapter by chapter without buying all the components at once. Although there appears to be a lot of components here, they’re all fairly inexpensive, and you can buy all the parts you need for all of the projects in this book for about $200.

Starter Packs

Many online shops sell Arduino components and electronic parts. Some of the best are Maker Shed[13] and Adafruit.[14] They have awesome starter packs, and I strongly recommend buying one of these.

At the time of this writing, the best and cheapest solution is to buy the Adafruit Experimentation Kit for Arduino (product ID 170). It contains many of the parts you need to build the book’s examples, as well as many more useful parts that you can use for your own side projects. Check the current contents of the kit, but usually you have to buy the following parts separately:

· Parallax PING))) sensor

· ADXL335 accelerometer breakout board

· 6-pin 0.1-inch standard header

· Nintendo Nunchuk controller

· A passive infrared sensor

· An infrared LED

· An infrared receiver

· An Ethernet shield

· A Proto shield

· An RCA (composite video) cable

All shops constantly improve their starter packs, so it’s a good idea to scan their online catalogs carefully.

Complete Parts List

If you prefer to buy parts piece by piece (or chapter by chapter) rather than in a starter pack, here is a list of all the parts used in the book. Each chapter also has a parts list and a photo with all parts needed for that chapter. Suggested websites where you can buy the parts are listed here for your convenience, but many of these parts are available elsewhere also, so feel free to shop around.

Good shops for buying individual components parts are Digi-Key,[15] SparkFun,[16] and Mouser.[17] Over the years Amazon[18] has become an excellent shop for electronic parts, too.

· An Arduino board, such as the Uno, available from Adafruit or Maker Shed.

· A USB cable. Depending on the Arduino board you’re using, you will either need a standard A-B cable or a standard A-micro-B cable. You might already have a few. If not, you can order it at Amazon, for example.

· A half-size breadboard from Maker Shed (search for breadboard) or from Adafruit (product ID 64).

· Three LEDs. (You need four additional ones for an optional exercise.) Buying LEDs one at a time isn’t too useful; a better idea is to buy a pack of 20 or more. Search for LED pack at any of the online shops mentioned in this chapter.

· One 100Ω resistor, one 330Ω resistor, two 10kΩ resistors, and three 1kΩ resistors. It’s also not too useful to buy single resistors; buy a value pack, such as catalog number 10969 from SparkFun.

· Two pushbuttons. Don’t buy a single button switch; buy at least four instead, available at Digi-Key (part number 450-1650-ND) or Mouser (101-TS6111T1602-EV).

· Some wires, preferably breadboard jumper wires. You can buy them at Maker Shed (product code MKSEEED3) or Adafruit (product ID 153).

· A Parallax PING))) sensor (product code MKPX5) from Maker Shed.

· A passive infrared sensor (product ID 189) from Adafruit.

· A TMP36 temperature sensor from Analog Devices.[19] You can get it from Adafruit (product ID 165).

· An ADXL335 accelerometer breakout board. You can buy it at Adafruit (product ID 163).

· A 6-pin 0.1-inch standard header (included if you order the ADXL335 from Adafruit). Alternatively, you can order from SparkFun (search for breakaway headers). Usually, you can only buy strips that have more pins. In this case, you have to cut it accordingly.

· An Arduino Proto shield from Adafruit (product ID 2077). You’ll also need a tiny breadboard (product ID 65 at Adafruit). The Proto shield is optional, but I highly recommend it, especially for building the motion-sensing game controller. Note that this shield comes as a kit, so you have to solder it yourself.

· A Nintendo Nunchuk controller. You can buy it at nearly every toy store or at, for example.

· An Arduino Ethernet shield (product ID 201) from Adafruit.

· An infrared sensor, such as the TSOP38238. You can buy it a Adafruit (product ID 157) or Digi-Key (search for TSOP38238).

· An infrared LED. You can get it from SparkFun (search for infrared LED) or from Adafruit (product ID 387).

· An RCA (composite video) cable. You can get it at Adafruit (product ID 863), for example.

· A 5V servo motor, such as the Hitec HS-322HD or the Vigor Hextronik. You can get one from Adafruit (product id 155) or SparkFun. Search for standard servos with an operating voltage of 4.8V–6V.

For some of the exercises, you’ll need some optional parts:

· A piezo speaker or buzzer. Search for piezo buzzer at Maker Shed (product code MSPT01) or get it from Adafruit (product ID 160).

For the soldering tutorial, you need the following things:

· A 25W–30W soldering iron with a tip (preferably 1/16-inch) and a soldering stand.

· Standard 60/40 solder (rosin-core) spool for electronics work. It should have a 0.031-inch diameter.

· A sponge.

You can find these things in every electronics store, and many have soldering kits for beginners that contain some useful additional tools. Take a look at Adafruit (product ID 136) or Maker Shed (search for Soldering Starter Kit).