Member Since: January 6, 2010

Country: United States

  • Toni_K, is there any more information you can offer, either publicly or by email, of when this might be happening? I've talked to Sparkfun Customer Service and Technical Support and neither could give me an answer. I'd like to order a classroom pack of these but would much prefer the white breadboards.

  • I'd like to see more information about the radio systems in the payload. I'm looking to use the Radiometrix modules in a future project. Do you have that documented online somewhere?

  • As someone who started with 68HC11 assembly in college and wanted to go further but cost and learning curve held me back, I'm awful glad that Arduino came along. It's a cheap, standardized, quality system that is open source software and hardware to boot. One of the best things about Arduino is that you can treat it as any other AVR development board if you outgrow the Arduino development environment. You're not going to find AVR development boards any cheaper than what the Arduino's clones sell for.
    As a high school teacher, I'm very excited about bringing these devices into the classroom at some point. Those who say that people will never learn the "basics" of electronics if the microcontroller learning curve isn't sufficiently hard are missing the benefits rapid prototyping has to offer. In the classroom, I actually have MORE time to devote to electrical and electronic theory if I can count on the Arduino to "just work". The problem I've had in the past working with students in this area is that we get so bogged down in deglitching the "simple" stuff that we never have time for meaningful projects. The best way to get a young person to dig into a topic is to make it have meaning to them personally. If a young person can successfully complete a meaningful project of their own design, their interest in electronics will stick with them. Once they run into the limitations of the Arduino, they will look to more complex solutions.