XOD: Easy programming by drag and drop for Arduino boards

Arduino boards are modern electronics kits that can produce smart devices and technical innovations using circuit boards, chips, sensors, input and output elements and other parts. The disadvantage for hobbyists who are mainly familiar with hardware: the software also has to be programmed. If you want to make this easier and/or give your children an introduction to using Arduino, XOD could be something for you. XOD offers simple programming via drag and drop (similar to Lego Mindstorms apps for Mac and iPad) - currently only in English, but still.

XOD offers simple Arduino programming via drag and drop as well as the connection of commands.
XOD offers simple Arduino programming via drag and drop as well as the connection of commands.

XOD - "Visual Programming Language" for Arduino

Already on the Home page of the offer from XOD you will find the documentation of a smart Arduino project, which can be understood even without knowledge of English. A sensor is placed in a flower pot to measure the moisture in the soil. The value is assigned to the plant (cactus) and it is shown that there are reactions to watering the same. That is not yet the smart thing - because afterwards a control value or if it falls below it is linked to the activation of a water pump. The use of several sensors, pumps and hoses now results in a casting system.

A project is clearly documented on the XOD website in which an Arduino board, sensors and other components result in an automatic irrigation system.
A project is clearly documented on the XOD website in which an Arduino board, sensors and other components result in an automatic irrigation system.

The individual drag-and-drop programming steps are shown to the left of the images and GIF files that illustrate the project for watering plants described. I am sure that you can internalize the individual commands quickly if you learn them a little and use them again and again. Especially as a new hobby or for introducing children to programming, robotics and automation, this also seems to me to be a very nice thing. XOD as a visual alternative to pure text programming helps a lot.

Supported hardware

There are different components, extensions, sensors, buttons, displays and so on for Arduino boards. You can read with which accelerometer, thermometer, distance meter, humidity sensor and other components XOD can be used in this list. There you will not only find the names and descriptions of the components and their compatibility, but (if you click on the component names) also the commands and links that are possible with XOD. So you can check before the download whether the XOD programming software is something for your Arduino project.

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