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dougal

Member Since: July 30, 2014

Country: United States

  • “It’s time for Prancercise! Everybody join in!”

  • “Okay, which one of you jokesters put Flubber in my chair? Hmm. C'mon, fess up.”

  • Perhaps you’re thinking of the Photoshop contest? This one is a Caption contest…

  • “My attempt to teach my officemates how to dance the Time Warp was going fine until I jumped to the left… And fell off the desk, into the trash can.”

  • Matt tried to warn them, but they wouldn't listen...

    Matt tried to warn them, but they wouldn’t listen…

  • Software Failure. Press left mouse button to continue. Guru Meditation #00000025.65045338

  • “I’m building a really, really big LED matrix. This is just the first pixel.”

  • I certainly agree that the RasPi is an awesome deal. But it’s not the best choice for every kind of project. The stock Photon is only $19, already has wifi built-in, and is about 1/3 the size of a Pi. And if you are developing your own commercial product, you can bulk purchase the Photon’s core module, which will be even smaller and cheaper.

    Yes, the ESP8266 is small and cheap, and they are getting easier to develop on thanks to community efforts. I love ‘em! But I think you might find trade-offs if you start comparing speed, reliability, and memory. Again, it probably boils down to what is appropriate to your particular projects.

    Particle has built a great community for their platform. The forums are full of friendly and knowledgable folks. Their documentation is good. They have a ready-to-go cloud-based IDE and data platform, and the core of that is open source, so you can run your own local version of the cloud services.

    The value-add in the RedBoard here is in the Arduino form-factor, power regulator, JTAG header, etc. Is that worth the extra money over a standard Photon package? Maybe not to you, but maybe it is to somebody else who wants a convenient way to prototype using their existing Arduino shields before committing to the platform.

  • I thought about that too, but after some quick Googling, I’m pretty sure that 120V AC is the RMS voltage. Actual peak voltage is around 170V, yes?

  • Aww, I was hoping that you’d analyze the circuits and explain about the “no dimming” limitation. :)

    Also, I bet that their per-bulb costs on a lot of the items above are much lower than your guesstimates for the volumes they deal in. Especially for the shipping and metal bits, but also I bet of lot of the components are sub 0.01/unit.

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