Heard of Raspberry Pi? Of course you have! Those guys know how to Market a product! Well, Arduino is a similar kind of product. It is an Open Source microcontroller (as opposed to a full PC) that has a series of configurable input and ouput pins. Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators.
The Arduino boards are available in a whole host of different sizes, with varying amounts on inputs and outputs. The code is written in the (free to download and use) Arduino IDE. It is a derivative of C, so if you know C, you will be up and running in no time. You just need to decide what to build, we have had customers build everything from Model Train Sets, to High Altitude Weather Balloons, from Moving Iron Man Headsets to full size Doctor Who Daleks, all with Arduino at their Core.
Just give us a call and our tech support team will hep you decide on what Arduino is right for your Project! We are proud to be an official Distributor of Arduino in the UK.