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Description: The new generation 18 pin PICAXE microcontroller now has parallel tasking, touch sensors and more memory/RAM.
See the Info Sheet for a comparison of features between the 18M2 and the 18M2+
PICAXE is a neat entry-level microcontroller system that is relatively cheap to get started with. The chip is programmed with a simple serial connection and the BASIC development environment is free! PICAXE has some excellent educational applications and support, and is a great entryway into more complicated embedded systems. If you’re look for a place to start with microcontrollers, PICAXE is a great way to go!
Based on 2 ratings:
I use Picaxe mc to animate features on my garden railroad. For simple features like an oil pump jack, the 08M series works fine. For more complex features such as a fire station with an overhead garage door, a fire truck that moves in and out with flashing red light and working headlights, I use the 18M series. The ability to control multiple servo and stepper motors from a single mc and all the other features makes it ideal for my projects. Programming in BASIC makes it simple and the Picaxe editor allows me to test my programs even before I get the 18M out of its box. I started using Picaxe mc after using Basic Stamp 2sx at $60 a chip became too expensive for projects on the garden railroad. At $5 per chip, I can by 12 18M mc for the same price.
New to this stuff and bringing my Ho scale amusement park to life!