This kit is great for people who already have an idea of how Arduino works or a beginner who wants to buy one kit (click here) that will last them longer. The problem with buying this kit with no knowledge of Arduino just for it to last longer is that it can be overwhelming to certain first-timers. There are a lot of different things that can be a little difficult to use and/or program if you have never done any of that before. If you are starting with zero knowledge it would probably be best to buy the starter kit first.
Once you start to get used to how Arduino works along with different sensors and circuitry this kit is great for the next step in your journey. The advanced kit provides you with a lot of different things to play with and opens a world of possibilities when it comes to projects. You are given many more components that can make many more complex projects. For example, with a dc motor, you can make a robot or remote controlled car. With an LCD you can make a safe that is unlocked with a pin code or a thermostat. The advanced kit opens up many more possibilities and allows you to expand your knowledge and skills with Arduino. This kit makes it possible to create much more advanced projects and it’s the perfect next step for a beginner or intermediate tinkerer.
Automated Trash Can Project
This project was really fun and not way too difficult if you aren’t a complete beginner. The end result is a trash can that has its lid open automatically when you get in front of it. I used an ultrasonic sensor to detect if an object came close to the lid and set the trigger distance to under 25 cm. The lid will open, wait for a second, and then close if triggered.
For this project, you will need an ultrasonic sensor, a servo, wires, an Arduino Uno, and a breadboard. I started by setting everything up on the breadboard on a table to make sure everything was working before transferring it to the trash can. I connected the 5-volt output from the Arduino to the positive bus terminal on the breadboard. I then connected the middle red wire from the servo and the VCC line from the ultrasonic sensor to the same positive bus terminal on the breadboard. I then connected the brown (left) wire from the servo and the GND pin from the ultrasonic sensor to ground pins on the Arduino. Next, I connected the orange (right) wire from the servo to pin number 9 on the Arduino. Lastly, I connected the Echo pin and the Trig pin from the ultrasonic sensor to pins 5 and 3 on the Arduino.
After uploading the code to the board and testing to make sure everything was working fine I went on to create a garbage bin. I decided to make a garbage bin instead of going out and buying one because it is more affordable, more fun, and much more in the do it yourself spirit; but you can go out and buy one if you’d like. For this garbage bin I used an old amazon delivery box I had lying around in my house. I cut one side open and put some tape on the hinge to allow the lid to open and close. I used tape for the whole project because it holds everything in place well and this project is temporary for me. If you’d like, you can use hot glue instead. I then attached a piece of cardboard to the servo arm and placed the servo inside. After that, I attached the ultrasonic sensor to the front of the box. Next, I placed the Arduino Uno on the left side of the box between the servo and the ultrasonic sensor. I then connected all the wires as stated before. There was one issue that had to be overcome though. The Uno only has one 5 V out pin and we need two pins in order to power both the servo and the ultrasonic sensor. The simple way of solving this issue is to use a breadboard but I wanted to keep this project simpler and cleaner. I decided to have one wire come from the 5 V pin and have it joined with both the servo power wire and the ultrasonic sensors VCC wire. I put them together and wrapped a copper wire between them all for a more secure connection and then taped them in place. A more permanent solution would be to solder them together and secure them with electrical tape. Lastly, I powered it up and tested it to make sure everything was working fine. You may need to play around with the servo shaft positioning to adapt it to your specific bin or to your own liking (I used 1700 and 2400). The final product is an automated trash bin that was both fun to make and fun to use.