. Being a working woman and a mom to a nine-year-old boy is tiring. One has to go to work, do chores around the house and then remain involved in every activity of your kid as the mentor and friend. Since a very young age, I tried to create James interest in electronics and mechanics.Continue reading »
Children by nature have the extraordinary tendency to smash open toys to satiate the curiosity of what’s inside. Though most parents consider it destructive and try to teach their kid to control this urge, I think that is the most important part of their initial learning and growth. Being a modern educated woman and aContinue reading »
Learning by doing at its best.
For those that love working with the Arduino system, or are perhaps starting to look into it for the first time, you may be pleased to know that two new kits have been announced which are designed to make it as simple as possible to tackle those larger projects. Excellent solution for parents looking to a way to propel their kids into Silicone Valley.
The first kit retails for roughly $36 and is known as the ‘Arduino at Heart’ kit. This system requires absolutely no soldering. You simply snap the parts into place and you are good to go. This board is very much focused on the programming side of things. Despite the lack of soldering, you can still tackle some rather hefty jobs. This kit is perfect for those who want to get started by toying with Arduino. Right out of the box you will be able to build some pretty decent systems.
There is an upgrade to the standard kit which retails at $89.00. This is the best route to go down if you have never programmed with Arduino before. It represents absolutely fantastic value as you get a power module, your battery, eight additional segments, and the board included.
As I said, you will be surprised at the amount of projects you will be able to tackle with this piece of kit. At the moment the company behind it are building a moving robot that can actually play ‘rock, paper, and scissors’ with you. Many people may find Arduino at Heart perfect for prototyping robots.
The vast majority of people who go down the ‘Arduino at Heart’ route will be learning the actual system. It has been designed for that. You will learn the basics of hardware and the way in which electronics work. This will provide you with a firm grounding for future projects.
…and something for daddy.
The second kit is the ‘Zero Board’. This board has a VERY powerful micro-controller at the core. Despite the power at your disposal though, it is actually quite easy to build a decent project with it. more info here
The zero board is perfect for developers who want to tackle slightly more complex projects. It is far more sophisticated than Arduino at Heart, although it may be slightly more difficult to get started (although the whole system has of course been designed to be as simple as possible)
Both of these kits have been developed with the assistance of Arduino. This way you can be sure that they meet all of the latest specifications for both programming and hardware.
Intel® and Arduino Founders got together and produced low cost design for 32-bit micro- controller capable of speedy operation at low power consumption. In spring of 2016 new Arduino 101 board based on Intel® Curie™ Module slated to be relased on the US market . Outside USA the new board will be sold as Genuino 101.
Loaded with sensors, based on Intel Curie module, new Arduino 101 board will be available with Intel performance for low entry level price of $30.
Key Features of new Arduino 101
• A low-power, 32-bit Intel® Quark™ SE SoC
• 384kB Flash memory, 80kB SRAM
• A low-power integrated DSP sensor hub and pattern-matching technology
• Bluetooth* Low Energy
• 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
• Battery charging circuitry (PMIC)