What is Arduino?
Arduino serves as a useful platform for building electronics projects. It contains a microcontroller and software also known as IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which run on the computer. The IDE also serves in writing and uploading computer code to the board.
Arduino platform is now well-known for beginners in electronics. It is not like other programmable circuit boards because it does not need a different programmer to load any code on the board. All you need to get is a USB cable. Also, the IDE works on the simpler version of C++, which make it easier to understand and learn it.
Why use Arduino
The software is very easy for beginners and also flexible for the more professional users. Arduino runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Teachers and even students use Arduino to create scientific instruments, learn robotics and programming. Architects and Designers also make use of the software to create interactive prototypes. Also, artists and musicians use Arduino to install and experiment with their new instruments. A wide range of users chose the software for the following reasons
Affordability; the board is more affordable than other platforms
The platform is clear and simple; beginners find it easy while advanced users also find it flexible to use.
Cross-platform; the software runs on Macintosh OSX, Windows, and Linux.
It is an open-source software; experienced programmers can expand the language of the software by using C++ libraries.
What does Arduino do?
The Arduino software and hardware is an essential tool which hobbyists, artists, hackers, newbies and other people who may wish to create interactive environments or objects. The software easily interacts with motors, LED, speakers, internet, GPS units, buttons, and cameras. Arduino works as the central brain behind many electronic projects. Due to the simplicity, affordability, and flexibility of the software and hardware package, many users have made contributions to many of the projects that work with Arduino.