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Design West workshop
kfield   9/2/2013 1:57:37 PM
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Thanks for the post - this project would make a very good hands-on workshop for DesignWest 2014!

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Sheetal.Pandey   9/3/2013 12:10:28 AM
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Thanks for sharing this would be a great hobby project. How is ordering process. Is it smooth? I hope there won't be lead times other than shipping time. I am thinking to give it a try. What are the application where it can be used.

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Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 11:18:51 AM
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@kfield: ...this project would make a very good hands-on workshop for DesignWest 2014!


Are you reading my mind? Pass me my aluminum hat!!!

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Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 11:19:57 AM
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@Sheetal.Pandey: What are the application where it can be used.

From what I can see you are limited only by your imagination...

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So the board is the USB?
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 11:21:53 AM
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Hi Caleb -- so the board itself forms the USB connector -- you just plug it into a USB port for power and to program it -- is that right?

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Boot Loader?
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 11:22:59 AM
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Doesn't the microcontroller have to be pre-loaded with a boot loader to allow the downloading of user programs from the PC? 

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Caleb Kraft   9/3/2013 11:54:50 AM
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yep, there are several that do this, like the digispark. 

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Caleb Kraft   9/3/2013 11:55:33 AM
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yes, once you assemble the board you have to use an external programmer to put the boot loader in place. After that, you're good to go!

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Re: So the board is the USB?
Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 12:07:41 PM
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@Caleb: yep, there are several that do this, like the digispark.

Very clever -- I'd simply never thought of it, but it makes so much sense for a low-cost board

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Max The Magnificent   9/3/2013 12:09:54 PM
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@Caleb: ...once you assemble the board you have to use an external programmer to put the boot loader in place.

I'm assuming that you can get chips that have been pre-loaded with the boot loader from other members of the community.

This really is a clever idea -- I might have been tempted to go this route mysef, but I just started playing with the Arduino ... so I'm going to stick with that for a while :-)

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