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August 03, 2007

Arduino Clones

For my birthday my girlfriend got me 4 Bare-Bone Boards (from the Modern Devices Company). The boards are fully featured Arduino clones. The only difference with the original Arduino (AFAIK) is that they are cheaper (15$ each or less) and better suited for breadboard connection.

What's an Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

- The Arduino Website -

Note that these clones are cheaper because they require a USB-to-TTL serial cable (20 $). The advantage of this approach is that the cable includes the required USB controller chip and can be used to program many boards. In short, you only need to pay for the USB connectivity once and get to use it on as may boards as you want.

Also, I was very (really very) pleased to see that the Arduino software works perfectly under Linux and that there are instructions for installation on all major distros (including Ubuntu) in the Arduino website.
Update: Here are a few extra shots done with my new camera. This is the new Rev. D board.

3 comments:

Roland Latour said...

I thought you'd be interested in my
project. Like most linux users, I installed Simple Message System on my
Diecimila and became frustrated with instructions to use stty and screen.
So I wrote some shell scripts.

My package gives full IO and PWM control. AD is scaled to milliVolts and
formatted for import to most spreadsheets. I attach the tarfile, also
available via 'wget http://207.14.167.161/SMS1.tgz' (not 24/7,only works
when my PC is booted).

Thanks. Pls give it a try.

Carlos said...

Wow Roland, thank you very much for sharing your code. I'll certainly try it as soon as I can get it (i.e. when your pc will be online).

It is very pleasant to see that there is other people out there tinkering with the Arduinos on Linux.

Thanks again. I'm eager to try your code. :D

Roland said...

Get the above-mentioned code 24.7 from http://user.cavenet.com/rolandl
Now with a GUI via the xdialog command.