Free Arduino based project ideas for hobbyists


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Back in our childhood days, there would have surely been a time wherein we used to play with remote-controlled robots, cars etc….do you remember?

Ever wondered how they used to work or what kind of things were used to make them? This article deals with one such key device termed as Arduino, which is used in many tech-based devices, and then, later on, guide you to choose projects based on Arduino to develop your skill and knowledge. Keep scrolling to continue reading this article.

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What is an Arduino?

An Arduino is an open-source hardware and software platform, which is designed and manufactured for single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits to build digital devices. It has its products licensed under the GNU lesser general public license or the GNU general public license. Arduino boards are available commercially in preassembled form or as do-it-yourself (DIY) kits. Arduino boards find their most common form of use in robotic devices used in line and path followers, obstacle races as they are capable of reading inputs like obstacles or a finger on a button and provide the necessary output.

Therefore, for all you guys who have a passion for tech-related stuff, dealing with Arduino may be the right way to start things. Wonder how and why to do that? Continue reading the article.

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What can I build with Arduino?

So, having known what Arduino is and after slightly getting exposure to what it can do, the next question would be, what all I can build with it? For that, first, you need to know a little about what exactly an Arduino does, that is, how it functions and then know what all you can build with it.

As discussed above, an Arduino is an opensource electronics platform based on easy-to-use- hardware and software. Arduino boards are highly capable of reading inputs and converting them into a certain output. We can give a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board which in turn converts them into outputs with the help of programs. So, to use an Arduino, you need to learn program with the Arduino programming language which is based on wiring and connections and then the Arduino Software (IDE), which is based on processing. And just like the Arduino, even the programming languages are open-source and it is still growing through the contributions of users worldwide.

But why to prefer an Arduino over several other platforms?

The following are a few reasons:

  • An Arduino is very simple and accessible user experience, which can be used in thousands of different projects and applications.
  • The Arduino software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users. It runs on Mac, Windows, and LINUX as well!
  • It is the very base foundation for projects based on programming and robotics.
  • It is a key tool to learn new things and literally anyone, right from children, hobbyists to artists can start learning step by step instructions of a kit or share online ideas.
  • The best part of it is, it is very economical! It is very much affordable to people of all classes which makes it the most used hardware and software platform.
  • The Arduino software is published as open-source tools, available for extension by experienced programmers.
  • The plans of the Arduino boards are published under a creative commons license, such that not only experienced circuit designers but also inexperienced users can make their own version of the module, thus extending it and improving it.

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Types of Arduino

There are many different types of Arduino, some of them are:

  • ARDUINO UNO(R3): This could ideally be a good choice for beginners. It is one of the latest forms of Arduino board. Apart from the usual 14 digital I/0 pins, USB connection and a power jack, it consists of some additional features like using the Atmega16U2 microcontroller instead of 8U2 which ensures a faster rate and more money.
  • LILYPAD ARDUINO: This is an Arduino Programmable Microcontroller which is designed to integrate easily into projects related to e-textiles and wearable projects. It is of light in weight with wide tabs that can be sewn down and connected with conductive thread! There is a huge availability of various input, output sensor boards which are washable as well.
  • ARDUINO MEGA(R3): It is a controller based on ATmega2560 microcontroller. It consists of 54 digital input/output pins and from the total pins, 14 of them are used for PWM output, while 16 are used for analog inputs and 4 for hardware serial port of the UART. It has a speed of 16Mhz clock speed with 256k Flash memory.
  • ARDUINO LEONARDO: It consists of a 16MHz crystal oscillator, a micro USB connection, RESET pin and power jack. It is a board based on ATmega32u4 datasheet, with 20 digital I/O pins. Seven of which are used for pulse width modulation output and 12 o which are used as an analog input.

Apart from the above, there are various other Arduino boards like the Arduino red board, Arduino Due etc.

Free Arduino Based Projects for hobbyists

So, having followed the above steps and gaining knowledge without practical application is a waste. Don’t you guys agree to this statement?  Going online and searching for online projects would be the best way to do so.

One such website which gives you’ll the right kind of knowledge, guidance and package, all in one pack is the SKYFILABS. Here are a few projects they offer:

1. Sensor guided robot using Arduino: Here in this Arduino project, you will be learning to build many kinds of robots which can perform various functions like line follower, obstacle detector, etc and by doing so, you can get a deep understanding of building robots practically. For amateurs and professionals, even you guys have equally challenging sets of projects.


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2. Animatronic hand Arduino project: In this Arduino project, you will be building an animatronic hand, with the help of Arduino programming and architecture integrated with embedded systems.


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3. Navigation Based online tracking system using Arduino: In this Arduino project, you will be building a GPS system which can continuously update your location and send information. You will be doing this by closely working with the working of a GPS, mobile communication systems, antennas, etc and hence, getting exposure to many aspects. 


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In all the above projects you will be getting a project kit, a certificate and 1 on 1 expert guidance along with many more additional benefits.

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Thank you and best of luck.

Free Arduino based project ideas for hobbyists
Skyfi Labs Last Updated: 2020-02-18

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