I’ve started experimenting with Arduino lately (a bit late in the show, I know).
But at least, now I have access to so many resources out there and a huge community.
As for my first project, I have made a Music Player based on Motion Detection, mainly intended for bathrooms to play funky jazz, but it can be used in many other situations as well.
– Arduino UNO R3 (Does not have to be the original one, you can get cheap arduino clones for a few dollars each from ebay or aliexpress, however, buying the original arduino supports the project and the love we get from its creators)
– PCB (circuit boards)
– Infra-Red based motion sensor component
– Dfplayer component + an sdcard
– RTC component
– 16×2 LCD component
– 8 Ohm Speaker
– Potentiometer (I used one with 10k)
– Push buttons
– Many wires
– 10+ Female to Male wires
– 220 and 1k Resistors
– Solder with flux
The links are just for reference, you can get any other you’d like!
I recommend you to get an arduino starter kit, that has most of the basic stuff, like resistors, breadboard, wires, pushbottons, leds etc Buying these individually ends up a whole lot more.
– Any plastic, wood or carton box you want, as long as everything fits in and you have the tools to cut with all the holes you need. I used a carton box and a multi-purpose dremel.
– 2mm and 3mm screws and bolts to attach the arduino and the components to the enclosure
– It’s normal to fail, screw up, resolder, burn etc especially for the first few projects
– Buy things in a larger quantity than what you need. You don’t want to burn your LCD or any other component and then wait weeks until a new one ships in (or until you have to go buy a new one from your nearby electronics store)
– Don’t be a poker face, enjoy every step in the process, be curious and question everything, like why stuff happens the way it does
How to put it all together you ask? Well, that’s like getting the answers to a puzzle
Online there are tons of resources and tutorials on how to use any of the components in this project.
But if you need any kind of guidance, hollah at me down in the comments.