What to do first?

OK, so I told you that I unwrapped my Arduino yesterday, right? So, I’m sitting here looking at it and going, ok – what do you do with a micro-controller on a board with only an LED attached (I mean, other than unpack the breadboard and components and attach off-board LEDs or something)? My first thought – Morse Code! I mean, I had already made the light blink steadily, right? Unsteady blinking is obviously the next step.

I looked up a Morse Code translation table on Wikipedia, and I thought I was good to go. But I didn’t want to just have a static message being sent out, it had to respond to input, right? So a little pocking around and I found a mention of opening an input window and a serial connection, and 70 lines of code later I can type a message in on my computer and set my board a blinkin’!

But now what? Oooh – I just looked at the contents list of my component pack, and there is an LDR! Does that mean that now I can detect and translate Morse as well? Next project, here I come!

About Jeannette

Jeannette's rejection of boredom means she is always learning something new and she has had the pleasure of working in software, test, systems, technical writing and production planning, developing GPS receivers and testing device drivers, semiconductor manufacturing, and even a social gaming start-up! Her eternal Wanderlust guarantees an interesting view out the window no matter what she is doing.
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