Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
Bridging the gap between the "real world" and your computer, the Getting Started with Arduino kit is your starting point into the world of physical computing. Using the electronic parts included, along with our best selling Getting Started with Arduino 3rd Edition book by Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of Arduino, you'll be ready to join the tens of thousands of engineers, designers, artists and hobbyists who have discovered this incredible and educational prototyping platform. Besides the DC plug and battery pack, this kit requires no soldering whatsoever.