14 Cool Arduino Projects That Will Make Your Life Awesome

Arduinos are a hobbyist’s dream: they offer an easy learning curve but an incredible number of uses and variations. The microcontroller is basically a single board housing an 8-bit Atmel AVR or a 32-bit Atmel ARM, with ports offering input to a variety of add-on modules which can all be controlled and programmed via beginner-friendly software, with a simple USB connection between the device and your computer. The modules, called “shields,” can do anything—from controlling servo motors (opening up the entire field of robotics) to touch screens.

Here are some examples that might help inspire your next project:

1. Techno Laser Harp

arduino_fullyc_001

Watch it on Youtube.

2. Daft Punk Helmet

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Watch it on Vimeo.

3. Have Your Plants Tweet You When They’re Thirsty

arduino_fullyc_003
(via botanicalls)

4. Automatically Mute Your TV Whenever It Mentions A Celebrity

arduino_fullyc_004

Watch it on Youtube.

5. Make An Etch-A-Sketch Clock

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Watch it on Youtube.

6. Turn-Signal Cycling Jacket

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Watch it on Youtube.

7. Lo-Fi Guitar Pedal

arduino_fullyc_007
(via instructables)

8. Sassy Robot Who Will Read Tweets And Your RSS Feed To You

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Watch it on Youtube.

9. High-Speed Photography

arduino_fullyc_009
(via hacknmod)

10. Open-Source Gameboy

SONY DSC
(via antipastohw)

Watch it on Youtube.

11. Mini-Segway

arduino_fullyc_011
(via hacknmod)

Watch it on Youtube.

12. Keytar

13. UAV Spyplane

arduino_fullyc_013
(via hacknmod)

14. Fortune Teller

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(via instructables)