Howduino (or, “How do we know” in real English) are weekend long workshops for “tinkerers, inventors (and) artists” and are designed to encourage participants to take an active role in electronics and programming. The workshops revolve around a tiny, basic and very cheap computer called Arduino, that can be used to control all manner of outputs, such as sensors and motors, or connect to the Internet.
All the software that you need is free and can be downloaded or written for a specific application, and you can add things like network ports or bluetooth capability. The only limit, as they say, is your imagination (and maybe your soldering ability).
The reason for telling you this? As many of you may be aware, Hebden Bridge is well-known as a creative centre (which is why Calrec feel so at home there, naturally) and the Howduino bandwagon rolls into Hebden Town Hall on Saturday 16th February with a team of experienced inventors, programmers and hardware hackers on hand to run the workshop. The organisers claim that:
“No prior programming or electronics experience is required and all are welcome! However, you will need to bring a laptop computer along.”
(Howduino Hebden Bridge is hosted by Bridge Rectifier and made possible with the support of the Howduino team, Hebden Bridge Town Hall and ESP KTN.)