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Arduino - The Heathkit of our times

fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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I don't know how old you guys are, or where you're from, but when I was a kid, my dad used to order Heathkit projects. You'd get a bag of electronic components, a book of directions, and you'd solder together things. When you were done, you'd have a fully non-functioning calculator, because you always did something wrong. (I joke, of course).

I remember my dad bought like 4 kits of the pocket calculator, and we built them on the dining room table over a few weeks. My mom was glad to have her table back.

Arduinos seem like the same thing, but more open. You can build whatever you want, tear it down, start over, improve, etc. I bet there are tons of communities that share projects, ideas, etc. This seems like a pretty cool little gizmo...

And although it was totally unintentional, thanks for this brief walk down memory lane, reminding me of how cool my dad was...

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Martin Evans

Joined: Jun 18, 2013
Posts: 15
I'm 49 and remember those heathkits very well.
Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 4659

Its not a bad analogy, but I think an Arduino is more of a Heathkit using legos. Lots of projects are done on breadboards which are the electronic equivalent of an Erector set.
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