Physical computing – sensor tutorial

Progressive collision alert with FastLED and MaxBotix MB1242

You’ll learn how to make a collision warning and parking alert. How to read an ultrasonic sensor and give audible/visual feedback with Arduino using millis() and FastLED – say goodbye to blocking delay().

Length 00:03:04

While the electronic circuit is usually very straightforward, the “magic” in physical computing projects happens always in the code. So, please see the GitHub link to the BOM, the schematic, and extensively commented code that you can easily adapt and recycle in your own projects. Often, there’s a useful code concept or code snippet that you can use for an entirely different design, because it’s a fundamental principle.

If you want to learn about good soldering, this seven minute vintage video is still the best of them all.