It’s a great time to learn how to program microcontrollers. Arduino is the easiest way to learn!
Get Arduino Hardware:
buy a kit:
get the boards separate:
Arduino Nano 3.0Buy on Aliexpress
capacitor setBuy on Aliexpress
Jumper CablesBuy on Aliexpress
Large BreadboardBuy on Aliexpress
LED, Switch and Resistor Kit for ArduinoBuy on Aliexpress
MegaPower Uno from Robotdyne$7.50 Buy on Aliexpress
resistor setBuy on Aliexpress
USB Cable for Arduino UnoBuy on Aliexpress
I recommend having at least one Arduino Uno, and two Arduino Nano’s, each with breadboards, USB and jumper cables, as well as a selection of components to start with. Trust me, you will want more.
Get Arduino Software:
That’s it, run the program (Web or desktop version) and check out the examples!
*Quick note for Linux users: the software requires special permissions. Check out the instructions here.