Have you ever wanted to build a robot that interacts with Twitter, a banana piano, or your own wearable electronics project? NCSU Libraries checks out two electronics kits, the SparkFun Arduino-based Inventor’s Kit, and the MaKey MaKey, that make it easy for anyone to create interactions between the physical world and computers. “Recent innovations around Internet-connected Smart Home technology, smartwatches, and many other interactive systems have become possible because of inexpensive, easy-to-use microcontrollers such as Arduino”, says Brendan O’Connell, NCSU Library Fellow. “I’m very excited that it’s easier than ever for our students, faculty, and staff to experiment with these technologies for free through the Libraries’ Technology Lending Program.”
Two workshops on Arduino will be offered at Hunt Library to NCSU faculty, staff, students, and the general public on March 28th as part of THATCamp RTP, a free one-day “unconference” on technology, humanities, social sciences, arts, and libraries. Registrants will be able to experiment with building circuits and developing code with Arduino, and develop their own interactive creative projects as part of the workshops. No coding, programming, or electronics experience is required for participation.