People always ask me, “What’s a Netduino and how do I use one?” The Netduino is an open source microcontroller similar to an Arduino, except it is programmed using the common Visual C# .NET programming language developed by Microsoft. This makes it perfect for people that are already familiar with .NET environment and don’t want the hassle of learning another variation of code.
Thanks to the Maker Shed’s Getting Started with Netduino Kit, learning to use it is easy! This full featured package includes the Getting Started with Netduino book by Chris Walker, the creator of the Netduino platform. By following along in the book and using the included components you’ll learn how to:
- Install the free Visual C# Express .NET Micro Framework and Netduino SDK.
- Turn an LED on and off.
- Increase the capabilities of the Netduino using shields.
- Interact with digital and analog signals using the MakerShield.
- Dim and brighten LEDs using pulse width modulation and control RGB LEDs.
- Use electrical pulses to play a song and control servos.
- Create an app to control your Netduino over the internet.