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Re: For amateurs?
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:24:03 PM
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@TonyTib: If you're getting into 32-bit land, it's worth checking out alternate ecosystems, such as the BeagleBone Black ($45) which is cheaper than the Arduino Due ($50).

I agree that anyone starting out from "ground zero" shoudl look around at all of the different alternatives before making a decision. In some cases it could be as simple as having a friend who has already opted for a particular platform, because that way you can share code and ideas and help each other answer problems.

In my case I'd purchased a 3D LED Cube with an Arduino-compatible controller -- plus I've sponsored a couple of Kickstarter project sthat also feature Arduino-compatible controllers ... so "Going Arduino" made total sense for me.

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Re: For amateurs?
TonyTib   10/4/2013 1:20:11 PM
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If you're getting into 32-bit land, it's worth checking out alternate ecosystems, such as the BeagleBone Black ($45) which is cheaper than the Arduino Due ($50).

As far as ecosystem size goes, the Arduino is by far the biggest, but I think some others are enough including:

--Beagle family (especially BeagleBone Black).  The BBB has some really cool capes such as FPGA and multi-axis stepper - and even an Arduino cape!  The Beagle has BoneScript for rapid development.

--Gadgeteer-based systems such as the FEZ Hydra from GHI which run .NET micro framework.  There are also .NET MF Arduino compatibles.

--The MSP430-based Launchpad and its BoosterPaks and Energia IDE (similar to Arduino IDE).

Then there are the plug in sensor and IO systems that standardize cabling which allow easily attaching many devices that can be located away from the board, such as:

--Grove from Seeedstudio

--Tinkerkit from the Arduino folks

--Gadgeteer from MS

--Phidgets

--Pmod from Digilent

Many of these systems can be used with different base boards.  For example, you can get Grove shields for Arduino and there's a Grove BoosterPack design on Upverter.  The Cypress PSoC Pioneer kit can take Arduino shields and Pmods.

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Re: For amateurs?
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:07:39 PM
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@Garcia: ...if you are an AVR lover as I'm, you can squeeze all the power of the Arduino Uno by using AVR Studio ;-)

Another good point -- thanks for sharing

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Re: For training
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:06:40 PM
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@Rich: THe Arduino itself may be for amateurs (or students) but Arduino compatibles are finding their way into the professional's toolkit.

Very good point -- thanks for sharing -- Max

 

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Re: I have a project for you
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:05:41 PM
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Speaking of which, you may want to check out the Arduino Robot video tutorials that just became available, featuring Arduino creator Massimo Banzi.

Very interesting -- I'm still trying to work out which robot kit to go for... (I'm sure that will be the topic for a future blog :-)

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Re: Kits are Cool Beans
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:02:59 PM
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@DrFPGA: There are some dynomite kits for the Arduino that do let the beginner get up and running quickly.

Yup -- I'll be talking about some of these kits in my next Arduino blog -- good point about them not needing soldering -- I'll have to remember to mention that in the blog.

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Re: I have a project for you
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 1:01:43 PM
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@B_Abling: we can use lasers - preferrably a CO2 laser. I'll get started on the design now.

Funnily enough, one of the guys in my office building just stopped by to show me a new laser that's powerful enough to burn holes through stuff (I've managed to put the fires out and will clean up the office later)

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Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:59:53 PM
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@B_Abling: You forgot to add, "Hey you kids, get out of my flower beds before I call the cops!"

LOL

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Re: For amateurs?
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:58:31 PM
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@antedeluvian: This might be a topic for a blog that will attract many responses, but you may have to check the post for suspicious packages, so i am not about to write it.

You are right -- this might stimulate a vigorous conversation -- suppose I write thsi blog (and give Caleb's address LOL :-)

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Re: For amateurs?
Max The Magnificent   10/4/2013 12:56:50 PM
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@Duane: Recently, though, a number of 32 bit Arduino compatible boards have been released....

And the great thing is that any programs you've written for the 8-bit boards will compile down to the 32-bit boards without any problems -- all you have to do is tell the compiler which board you are connected to...

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