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[DPRG] Arduino I/O Board

Subject: [DPRG] Arduino I/O Board
From: John Dolecek jdolecek at gmail.com
Date: Tue Dec 2 06:10:13 CST 2008

I'm using an arduino on my robot(s).  As a beginning programmer and a newb
to microcontrollers I was fairly intimidated when I started experimenting
with the arduino.  I've since bought several more and used them in numerous
projects.  It's safe to say I'm sold.

The only complaint I have is the lack of I/O.  Yes, this could be solved a
number of ways whilst keeping the arduino, but I've recently found something
else interesting that will probably replace the arduino in my robot.


This expands the capabilities quite a bit and is mostly compatible with
arduino.  I'm also looking at buying this to go with it:


Thats a nice little breakout board that will simplify wiring of the unit.
All told I think the sanguino and breakout are like $45.  I think that's
pretty reasonable.

On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 5:50 AM, Dave Grubb <davidagrubb at hotmail.com> wrote:

> It's very easy to use and dirt cheap. One of my classmates has a box full
> of the them, he's not a terribly confident programmer or hardware person but
> he swears by the things and uses them frequently for prototyping. My only
> complaint is that the arduino programming software is a bit spartan.
> However, it has an enormous amount of community support including
> pre-written libraries for things like running servos. One particularly
> impressive library allowed use of a digital I/O and separate ADC pin to
> create a capacitance proximity sensor without having to use another chip
> like a Q-prox.
> Triffid Hunter:
> > The reprap project is using the arduino as the sole controller for all
> > its motors and sensors, and from what I read, some are even interpreting
> > g-code at the same time!
> Last time I saw one at a science festival (about six months ago) it was run
> by a PIC16F of some description. Glad to hear they've changed that.
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> From: dgatsos at hotmail.com
> To: dprglist at dprg.org
> Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 04:17:20 +0000
> Subject: [DPRG] Arduino I/O Board
> I have been looking around for a good I/O board to interface with my laptop
> for my robot project and happened to accidentally stubble across a reference
> to the Arduino Open Source Hardware project on Slashdot today.
> http://www.arduino.cc/.  I was wondering if anyone has had any experience
> with this board/project and can comment on its usefulness/ease of use?
> Thanks
> -Dodd
> http://robododd.blogspot.com/
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