Tinkering with Arduino

Well, about time for me to try and understand what is going on inside all these things making use of the 433 MHz, kind of hard not knowing a lot about programming and stuff :) Thanks God for the multitude of books about Arduino and the projects available everywhere, still a pain in the neck trying to find the correct IDE version that will compile a SKETCH, one lesson learned: don’t expect everyone to include the libraries they’ve used or even mention them.. Why do people just put buckets of code that will not compile and will only cause frustration trying to find some crazy libraries that might work or not.. I believe Arduino got out of hand, is this what is happening when you grow too big and you can’t control your environment? I am not a big fun of controlling, unless is done with a remote :) Anyway, progress report here, as usual trying to find new and easier way to automate devices around the house, the first BIG project coming soon here, the Home Automation transceiver, no more need for two separate bulky devices to do it, no need for two USB ports, no need for two pieces of software.. Will it ever happen? Not to soon by the way things move now, not after spending 3 1/2 hours trying to find out why Arduino 022 will not compile a sketch, and trying version 018, 019, 020 only to finally find out that 021 does the job. Of course using Windows 7 x64 doesn’t help either. So the plan is to put together a device that will receive OS (Oregon Scientific) sensors data, KAKU (Klick On Klick Off) devices status and send commands to these devices using only one piece of hardware, will it work? Will Ireland manage to produce such a thing? Or should Ireland stick to what it best at : Guinness, Chedar Cheese, Beef, Potatoes, Art …

I was going to say that at the end of the day Italy makes Arduino but they are better known for Pizza and Pasta, but i had to stop in my tracks when I remembered Ferrari, Lamborghini, Masserati..

Now, what is Arduino? From their web page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing,MaxMSP).

The boards can be built by hand or purchased preassembled; the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

Arduino received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities section of the 2006 Ars Electronica Prix. The Arduino team is: Massimo BanziDavid CuartiellesTom Igoe,Gianluca Martino, and David MellisCredits.

Enough ranting, will keep posting updates here..

Techie Info: I am using Arduino UNO and one Linx RXM-433-LR-S RF module

433 Mhz RF Module

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