The PicoBoard allows you to create interactions with various sensors. Using the Scratch programming language, you can easily create simple interactive programs based on the input from sensors. The PicoBoard incorporates a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as 4 additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables.
Designed for educators and beginners, the PicoBoard is a good way to get into the very basics of programming and reading sensors.
Be aware that four sets of alligator clips are included, however a miniUSB cable is not included. If you don't already have a miniUSB cable lying around make sure to pick one up. You can find the SparkFun miniUSB cable in the Recommended Products section below. The PicoBoard is a derivative work of the Scratch Sensor Board.
Note: Scratch 3.0 is now out, and although the PicoBoard is physically compatible, it is not currently supported. We are working to correct this.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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it's works well but it's a bit expensive with tariffs (France).
In combinatie met scratch is picoboard echt geweldig. Zeer eenvoudig te installeren. Oneindig veel mogelijkheden.
Package arrived and we took out a fragile board with some things soldered into it. Loaded up Scratch 1.4 and my old computer recognized it just fine and my 8 year old was off to coding and experimenting around with it.
There are no included instructions or USB cable, but you probably have one lying around somewhere if a Pico Board interests you. We used my cable that I use to charge my PS3 controller. I suppose there are lots of help files online or through Sparkfun support, but we haven't needed that yet. Probably not something you would buy unless you wanted a challenge anyway.
Seems a bit flimsy and fragile with no protective structures at all, unlike the Raspberry Pi with its plastic box. Kinda cool to keep it simple though. Just worried about extensive use by an 8 year old who may damage it somehow.
Overall fun and unique product