Welcome to the first installment of a three-part DMA HOW-TO series on Arduino™ and wireless robotics. Digital Media Academy’s HOW-TO series is hosted by industry professionals and DMA instructors. Learn at your own pace—for FREE. The host of this HOW-TO series on Arduino™ robotics is DMA Instructor Sam Jaffe.


Caution: This HOW-TO recommends the use of a soldering iron, which produces extremely high heat. Sensible safety measures should be followed to prevent injury.
In this HOW-TO, we explore how to set up Bluetooth® connectivity for Arduino™ robotics. We’ll cover connecting the RN-42XV Bluetooth® module to the Arduino™ board. In upcoming videos, we’ll discover other essential aspects of using Arduino™ robotics, including working with Processing and how to control robots.

Arduino™ Robotics, Part 1:

What You’ll Learn in this Video:


  • System requirements and other necessary components
  • Using breakout boards to help connect a Bluetooth® module to an Arduino™
  • How to set up a serial port on your computer for your Bluetooth® module
  • Using surface mount soldering to attach the RN-42 chip
  • Tips for cutting hardware costs for this project



Arduino™ Makes Robotics Rock!
DMA HOW-TOs are a great and easy way to get valuable insights into today’s leading digital-arts software. But if you’re ready for the full robotics experience, consider spending part of your summer at one of Digital Media Academy’s tech camps in US and Canada.

DMA’s Robotics & Electrical Engineering with Arduino camp gives students a solid week of intense robotics projects, based upon the hottest force in DIY robotics: Arduino™. DMA’s Arduino™ students build their best robots, then pit them against each other in exciting sumo robot battles.

Learn More About Robotics: DMA HOW-TO: Wireless Robotics Using Arduino and Bluetooth, Part 2 shows you how to transfer data from the Bluetooth® module to the Arduino™. And in DMA HOW-TO: Wireless Robotics Using Arduino and Bluetooth, Part 3 we explore Processing—the application that sends data to the Bluetooth® device, before relaying that data to the Arduino™ board and controlling our robot! Check back each Thursday for a new DMA HOW-TO.