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Summary The Arduino has become the darling of the electronics platforming world, with its easy to use software and hardware. The new programmable module connects to the entire line of littleBits magnetic modules that include lights, speakers, motors, switches, sensors and more. Like the standalone Arduino, hardware and software developers can write tiny programs for the device with the Arduino programming language .
Summary LittleBits has today announced the launch of a new Arduino module to their range of components in the form of the new Arduino at Heart. "Make your own Etch-a-Sketch! Program a visual display! We'll walk you through the basics using the Arduino programming environment, without the breadboarding, soldering or wiring normally required. Perfect for hackers, designers, makers and tinkerers of all levels." For more information on the new Arduino at Heart jump over to the LittleBits website for details.
Summary The world of littleBits (the "not-a-toy" toy that I reaaaally wish existed when I was younger) just got a little bit bigger: it can now play friendly with Arduino. Want to sound a buzzer every time someone walks in a room? Snap a power module to a motion trigger module, snap the motion trigger to the buzzer module, and you're done.
Summary Getting your feet wet with programmable hardware can be tricky; even if you're comfortable with coding, you may not want to break out the soldering iron just to build a usable device. The code-friendly kit is available online today, and you should also find it at the Maker Faire in San Mateo on May 17th and 18th. You can buy the Arduino module by itself for $36, although beginners may be best off with the $89 Starter Bundle; the pack includes both the programmable core as well as eight additional parts you may want early on, such as controllers and a battery.
Summary There's a rash of open source hardware announcements today in advance of this weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, California--and two are related to the popular Arduino microcontroller. "It allows people to focus on the programming and really have an emphasis on creating projects or ideas." The LittleBits Arduino At Heart module uses the same ATmega32u4 microcontroller processor as the Leonardo, but it pares down the number of inputs and outputs in exchange for the snap-together connections.
Summary Arduino has today announced the launch of their new Arduino Zero, a powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by the popular Arduino UNO development board. "The Arduino Zero board also features flexible peripherals and Atmel's Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface on the SAMD21 without the need for additional hardware, significantly increasing the ease-of-use for software debugging." For more information on the new Arduino Zero development board jump over to the Arduino website for details and full specifications.
Summary New development kits make Arduino easier for the do-it-yourself crowd. The LittleBits Arduino at Heart starter kit and Atmel's Zero board are being shown at the Maker Faire Bay Area event Thursday in San Mateo, California. The $36 Arduino at Heart kit works by snapping components on to a board instead of soldering them and is also designed to make programming easier, while the Zero board has a more powerful microcontroller than the LittleBits kit, allowing users to create and prototype wearables, robots and other devices.