The Intel® Edison is an ultra small computing platform that will change the way you look at embedded electronics. Each Edison is packed with a huge amount of tech goodies into a tiny package while still providing the same robust strength of your go-to single board computer. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core CPU and including an integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and a 70-pin connector to attach a veritable slew of shield-like “Blocks” which can be stacked on top of each other. It’s no wonder how this little guy is lowering the barrier of entry on the world of electronics!
The on-line Edison SIK Experiment Guide (in the Documents section below) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes fritzing diagrams and the required components.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone with an interest in Internet of Things projects or the Intel® Edison in general.
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: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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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: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 2 ratings:
Lot’s of great things to learn.
Got the Edison kit and all the parts described are there.
Following the guide on SparkFun’s site… I discovered that it was out of date. It reviews software versions that are no longer available and the behaviors present in the guide seem different from what’s present.
It’s very likely I’m not following the guides right but I’m not able to get it to work with the guides.
However, I suspect this is more that making the Edison work is escaping me, far more than the chances that something’s wrong with the Edison.
I give it 4 stars because it’s an awesome product I just wish the getting started guide here was a bit easier to follow.
Now to make my death clock.
Apologies to hear that! If you’d like to send us feedback on the reviews and where exactly you’re having issues, we’ll take a look at that and get those updated. Thanks!