Representational state transfer (REST) is a software architecture that is widely used for web applications. In this project, we'll bring this architecture to Arduino so you can control an Arduino board via WiFi using a standard communication scheme. This way, you won't have to start from scratch at every new project and you'll be able to create complex wireless applications!
In this project, we are going to interface a USB camera to an Arduino Yun to make exciting applications. The first one is to take a picture & upload it automatically to Dropbox when motion is detected. We'll also make the camera stream video wirelessly to Youtube, so you can monitor your home from anywhere!
Pins are precious in the microcontroller world. How many times have you needed just one more pin? Sure, you could step up to a Mega and get a bunch more, but you really just need one or two. The DS2413 breakout board is the perfect solution. Each DS2413 breakout has 2 open drain GPIO pins and a 1-Wire interface. Just one of these boards will give you 2 pins for the price of one. But you can keep expanding from there. You can put as many of these boards as you want on the the 1-wire bus and still control all of them with just one Arduino pin. Each chip has a 48-bit unique address, which means you could have as many as 562 trillion GPIO pins! (In theory anyway)
The SI1145 is a new sensor from SiLabs with a calibrated light sensing element that can calculate UV Index based on visible/IR light. It's a digital sensor that works over I2C so just about any microcontroller can use it. The sensor also has visible and IR sensing elements so you can measure just about any kind of light
Add some jazz & pizazz to your project with a color touchscreen LCD. This TFT display is big (2.8" or 3.2" diagonal) bright (4 white-LED backlight) and colorful! 240x320 pixels with individual RGB pixel control, this has way more resolution than a black and white 128x64 display. As a bonus, this display has a resistive touchscreen attached to it already, so you can detect finger presses anywhere on the screen, and a MicroSD card socket for loading images
Pump up the volume with this 20W stereo amplifier! This slim little board has a class D amplifier onboard that can drive 2 channels of 4-8 ohm impedance speakers at 20W each. Power it with 5-12VDC using the onboard DC power jack and plug stereo line level into the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and jam out with ease. Since it's class D, its completely cool-running, no heat sinks are required and it's extremely efficient - up to 93% efficiency makes it great for portable or battery powered rigs.
Arduino is a great starting point for electronics, and with a motor shield it can also be a nice tidy platform for robotics and mechatronics. Here is a design for a full-featured motor shield that will be able to power many simple to medium-complexity projects. Build the kit, and learn how to use it with these detailed instructions.