The PICAXE USB Programmer
is effectively the same thing as the PICAXE USB Programming Cable
difference is this board has two on-board LEDs to show the serial data
(TX and RX) being passed back and forth. Why buy this board? Because
blinky things are better.
Books! Sometimes it just makes a lot more sense to have a printed thing in front of you. These two books dovetail well together. On the left, we have Getting Started with Arduino
by Arduino’s playboy (and co-creater) Massimo Banzi
. It is a good beginner’s book to Arduino and general circuit hacking. On the right is Making Things Talk written by ITP’s
playboy (and prolific spokesperson) Tom Igoe
. Making Things Talk is a more advanced book that shows how to hook various systems and components (like Bluetooth, force sensors, and monkeys) together.
A photo gate
is a great thing to have. Whether you’re detecting food pellets for mice during a controlled experiment, or you’re using it as a safety stop for a printer head, these IR gates will help you detect the world around you.