What is Arduino?
well, 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. Click here if you want to know more about it because in this post I just want to talk about the things that you need, to start with.
Things you need:
1) Arduino board. Most people like Arduino Uno but my first Arduino board was Arduino mega 2560. Which has 53 digital pins, 5 ground pins, 3v pin, 5v pin and many more, that means you can control many things with single board. You can even start with Arduino Nano, which is very small but it will give you a bit of test how the big boards function.
2) Some jumper wires. Remember there are two kind of jumper wires male and female. Try to buy both if you can.
3) A breadboard. This is where you join everything up.
4) Arduino IDE. This is the software, through which you can program what ever you want. You can download it from Arduino's official site. Make sure you download the appropriate version of the software (IDE) which is compatible with you computer.
After installing the the IDE make sure you set the appropriate board by going to Tools >> Board >> then choose which ever board you have. In my case chose Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK because I have Arduino Mega 2560.
What you can do with Arduino?
Well, you can watch these videos and see how people have made some interesting stuffs with it.
And so on.... Are you thinking to get one soon? Let me know in the comment below. Thanks