Arduino Bandwagon

Or How I Couldn’t Resist.


Over the past year and change, there have been a number of neat and fun Arduino projects posted to Craft: and Make: and YouTube and Flickr. I enjoyed them and filed them away in my wee brain to think about later. And there the thoughts stayed for months and months.

Fast forward to present time. My brother’s birthday was coming up and I needed to get him a present. He’s a bit of a geek himself, so I did some research and I came across the Arduino boards again. Huh. “Well, that sure seems like a fun birthday present.” I ordered him one of the beginner kits from MakerShed.

But I didn’t leave it there. I kept reading about Arduino, hoping my brother would like it. I researched other kits and after a couple of days, ordered myself a slightly different kit from sparkfun electronics.

I have no restraint.

Arduino on Win7 x64

I hope to write some bits here about Arduino later, but for now I wanted to note that the drivers that are currently bundled with the Arduino v0018 IDE did not work on my Windows 7 x64 machine.

Instead, I had to download the FTDI drivers and install them — twice. The first install of the driver only installed the USB Serial Converter and left the “unknown device” sitting around. When I updated it with the same drivers, it created the USB Serial Port COM entry.