If you're curious as to what a prototyping platform looks like, in the case of Arduino, it most often looks like a tiny circuit board that can fit in your hand. This board can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators (hence why it is so popular to use with automation projects).
One of the things that is great about Arduino is that you don't need to know Python or Objective C to program the board. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language and the Arduino development environment. Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software on running on a computer.
Have you built your own Arduino board? Used Arduino in a DIY of your own?
For some great projects using Arduino, check out these posts:
- The Incredible DIY Coffee Can Clock
- Creative Tech-Based Entryway Solutions
- Bryan's DIY Antique Phone Doorbell
- Create a Twitter LED Mood Light