I don’t know much about microcontrollers. Somewhere along the lines, I never learned about them, how they work, or how to wire them together and use them. Up until a few years ago, I did not even know what a bread board was. Heck, I still do not even really know how they work, but I am going to learn. And to that ends, I am starting with an Adafruit Trinket.
Let me start by saying that I have hooked up an arduino microcontroller, and turned a light off and on, but that was the extent of it. Without having some other sensors I did not see the point. As a result, it ended up collecting dust on a shelf for the past few years. I did have some ideas of some projects that I wanted to do, but I had no idea where to start, or what tools I would need.
Those are all pretty much excuses. In the end, I never took the time to learn the various parts of electronics. Now, I plan on diving into the world of microcontrollers and see what I can create, and if I have any desire to continue on with it. Could be that I finish a single project and decide that there is nothing else I would like to build or tinker with. That is one of the fun things about trying out new projects and activities, you can find what you enjoy and what you do not.
As to how I am going to start, that is simple. I picked up a project to do. Using some items that I already own, I am going to start learning how to program an Adafruit Trinket. Along with this, I got a couple of the light rings that Adafruit also sells. One of my main issues with arduino, is the cost. I don’t want to have to dish out $40 for just the board for every project that I plan on working on.
So, now it is time to go play, and to learn. At least on this topic. But, it is good not to do the same thing all the time, and to keep things interesting. I will add updates as I continue to work on my project, and maybe include the final product.