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Arduino DIY Sensor Kits for Indoor and Outdoor Gardening. Cooking Hacks , the open hardware division of Libelium, today announced the immediate availability of a new Open Garden hardware platform to monitor the growth of plants, no matter where they are. The platform is based on Arduino and consists of three different plant growing kits that use sensors to control the state of the plants, whether indoors or outdoors.
A new Arduino robot called the Lil'Bot has been created to provides makers, hobbyists and teachers something a little different than the standard Arduino robots currently available. The Lil'Bot Arduino robot supports Linux, OS X, and Windows computers and the Arduino Uno compatible control board is programmable through the USB connection and the robot includes front, right and left obstacle detection using IR LEDs.
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.
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"From the picture and video of our 2-channel controller you can see that no heatsinks are fitted. It was designed to run 10A on each channel. As the PCB runs very energy efficiently and the quality components were properly sized, none of the components overheats. In fact you can touch all components without burning your fingers. This is important as we want the power from your battery to go to your motor and not turn the controller into an electric heater. For this to be possible at 20A we will be using 12 MOSFETs with a very low on resistance. To get these at an affordable price we will have to buy at least 5,000 off. Obviously you could bolt a heatsink to the FETs and solder additional copper wire to the tracks, but we believe that if you want to run motors at more than 20A continuous you should choose a pledge that includes an additional daughter board. This small board comes with another 12 MOSFETs and is hooked up to the mainboard to allow you to double the input current."
Two new development kits that require Arduino programming skills could make it easier for the do-it-yourself set to build electronics and wearable devices. 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.
While Arduino and its manufacturing partner Amtel are announcing Arduino Zero--a new high-end 32-bit version of the open-source microcontroller board--another Arduino partner is releasing a simplified version of the controller intended to make it easier for beginners to start prototyping devices with little or no knowledge of electronics. 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.
The littleBits magnetically connected electronics modules have made a splash of their own in the world of electronic tinkerers. Like the standalone Arduino, hardware and software developers can write tiny programs for the device with the Arduino programming language . The littleBits hardware modules allow for quick prototyping of electronics ideas without the hassle of soldering by connecting via magnets.
As the name suggests the Arduino at Heart module has been designed by LittleBits to enable users to build Arduino powered devices using their other easy plug-and-play components. For more information on the new Arduino at Heart jump over to the LittleBits website for details. You might also be interested to know that Arduino today also launched their new Arduino Zero development board.
If you're not familiar with littleBits, it might help to think of it as a DIY Electronics kit mashed up with LEGO. Snap a power module to a motion trigger module, snap the motion trigger to the buzzer module, and you're done. If you wanted to do something that the pre-provided modules weren't programmed to do out of the box (like, say, only sounding the aforementioned buzzer on Thursdays or something), there... wasn't much you could do about it.
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. 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.