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GertDuino: An Arduino for Your Raspberry Pi

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Max The Magnificent
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My head hurts
Max The Magnificent   11/21/2013 6:02:16 PM
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I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the Arduino on its own -- my mind boggles when I think about sticking a GertDuino onto a Raspberry Pi -- I'm too young for all of this excitement :-)

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Crusty1   11/22/2013 5:27:42 AM
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@Max: Looking back over some of your comments about getting to grips with Arduino I ended up downloading the Arduino Workshop e-book from Amazon. This is an absolute gem of a book. It may even get me to like using C as a language for AVR.

Thanks for the pointer.

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Caleb Kraft   11/22/2013 10:05:23 AM
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I know, so many toys, so little time!

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Max The Magnificent   11/22/2013 11:16:45 AM
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@Crusty: I ended up downloading the Arduino Workshop e-book from Amazon. This is an absolute gem of a book.

It really is a good one, isn't it? I use it as a reference for all sorts of things.

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Max The Magnificent   11/22/2013 11:17:34 AM
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@Caleb: ...so many toys, so little time!


Wait till you see my column on Infinity Mirrors later today :-)

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Caleb Kraft   11/22/2013 11:18:28 AM
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bring it on! I can't wait!

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Patk0317   11/23/2013 11:06:47 PM
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I go a GertBoard at the embedded conference. Can't wait to get a GertDuino. I am goign to Element 14 right now to see if they are available yet!

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Good merge of two matured platforms
Kinnar   11/24/2013 3:57:47 AM
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This is a very good merging point to two very much matured and accepted platforms for enthusiasts Raspberry Pi and Arduno. Many new developments will be in the pipeline after this. May be it will give rise to a new community one may call "Raspduno"!!!.

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Arduino... hummmm... interesting
Victor Lorenzo   11/27/2013 6:03:13 AM
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From my early times as a hardware developer, back in the 80's/90's, I was always very lucky to have MCU boards all around for my daily work and research tasks, with many different processors like the Z80, 68HC11, 8085, 80286, TMS320C10/C30 and currently PICs, Altera NIOS-II, several ARM7TDMI, Cortex M3/M4 from ST/NXP/Freescale, iMX26, and even some more peculiar ones. I always had very powerfull boards (in MHz/MIPS/DSP/etc) to play with, some designed by our own team and some from others.

I always needed 'power' for the applications I was working on and that perhaps conditioned my mind to even make me some times wonder, why is so popular a board with such a limited power, just a few KB of RAM and not too much EEPROM/FLASH? Only the price? definitely not.

In my personal case, what attracts me from the Arduino boards and will make me someday acquire one is more the community achievements than the board itself. There're really brilliant people out there making surprising things with those tiny little things called Arduino boards.

The RasPi called my attention some time ago, but at the end I decided to give it a try to the Beaglebone Black.

Thanks for your article.

--Victor

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Crusty1   11/27/2013 8:06:23 AM
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@Victor: Oh so many years ago (about 35 years) when Max was just about out of short trousers. The UK home hobby electronics industry started the build your own computer craze off with the UK101 which was an English copy of the Ohio Scientific 600 single board computer, with a fledgling Microsoft operating system in ROM.

I think it was this that made me a nut for small is beautiful,  at the time 3 K bytes of memory cost me £300 almost two months wages.

When you get as hard pressed as that, then using every resource possible to squeze code into the available memory was the only way forward.  I think this keeps me routed into the small systems now, as I can still be a one man band and do it all myself.

The Atmel chip at the heart of Arduino is suprisingly efficient, as many instructions only take one cycle so the 16 Mhz is essentially quite fast and the chip is very resilliant to bad handling.


I am just progressing to the Sam3 Arduino Due and will be interested to see what the speed difference is like for the same bit of code.

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