WHAT IS OUT THERE?
- Research sensors / parts / components (Arduino):
- Online resources for projects that have been made before:
- Local hardware and electronics suppliers:
- Local hardware / materials / miscellaneous parts:
- Bunnings — paint, metal, wood, screws. (https://www.bunnings.com.au/)
- Other retailers:
- Ebay (https://www.ebay.com.au/)
- … but we recommend you only use Australian suppliers.
KNOWING WHAT TO RESEARCH / BUY
- Google is your friend. “How do I ……” is a great way to start.
EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU CAN BUILD ON
- Self-watering plants (https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/evive-an-opensource-embedded-platoform/plant-monitoring-and-watering-system-using-evive-d48677?ref=search&ref_id=plant&offset=0)
- A pretty flamingo moisture monitor (https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/circuito-io-team/thirsty-flamingo-soil-moisture-sensor-0897cd?ref=search&ref_id=speaker&offset=8)
WHEN YOU BUY
- Do you know how to use it?
- Is there documentation for your products? You can find anything you need online. It should always be what you turn to for information. If you are seriously stuck, ask a tech.
EXAMPLE OF HOW TO BEGIN
How I started thinking about what I needed for my project Lumina. Remember, I wanted plants to glow when people were near them.
- I needed something that senses people. I researched sensors that would sense people, even if it was dark, and found that I could use an infrared sensor or a thermal camera, or plenty of other things. I decided to try an infrared proximity sensor first.
- My first experiment was to use an Arduino and infrared proximity sensor to get a value as my hand moved towards the sensor.