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Thanks for the link. Wow! They just exceeded their $60,000 second-challenge goal (five times the original goal, met in just five days) and still have 16 days to go. The first challenge includes a 9-volt-battery-snap-to-barrel-connector cable, and the second challenge now includes a 180-hole mini solderless breadboard (in snazzy yellow - definitely eye-catching in a sea of white ones), 10 pin-jumper wires, 6 LEDs and current-limiting resistors, a photoresistor and pairing resistor, and a buzzer. They currently have over 2,150 backers and if they get to 3,333 backers, a micro-USB to USB-A cable will be included.yaconsult wrote:Also note this project which has exceeded it's funding goals: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/9-ard ... lectronics
It appears that you either need to use an AVR in-circuit serial programmer (ISP) or another Arduino. The difference in price between an empty ATmega328 and one with the Uno Optiboot bootloader already installed is $0.54 at Jameco, but since empty ATmega328 DIP units can be bought for as little as $2.24 in single-unit quantities (e.g., Mouser.com), if you're going to be building more than a few of your own Arduinos, all you need is one Arduino that has Uno Optiboot installed and you're good to go.bob_binz wrote:Bit of a noob question, but is there a way to burn the bootloader on the chip without using another arduino or a programmer? Based on what I've been able to research so far, I'm guessing not, but just wondered with it being hooked up to the Pi
If the Pi version of the board is developed, it will certainly be able to accept external power via USB or the standard (2.1mm?) Arduino DC power barrel connector, and that power may need to be isolated from the Pi to protect it. Providing power to the Pi via the GPIO connector may not be advisable unless current-limiting protection is included, as that connector bypasses the safety elements built into the Pi (e.g., polyfuses and large-width, high-current-capable printed circuit board traces, etc.). If the Pi and Arduino are powered via different sources, there are critical challenges to ensure that too much current doesn't flow in the wrong direction between the boards under particular circumstances. We're looking at all of the possibilities and will support whatever fits within the cost target and safe operating conditions.kghunt wrote:I have pledged for one of those arduinos and ill be pledging for at least a couple of pi specific ones. It would be good if the piduino could power itself and the pi by a 6-12v input.
Jim Manley wrote:Great news! Harold is willing to discuss the possibility of assisting with a Pi-specific version of his Borderless Electronics $9 Arduino board and has offered to talk to his sponsor about helping with such a potential project.
The fact that the educational market has yet to enter the Pi market in large numbers after sales of over 1.5 million boards to mostly individuals is obviously one factor for the interest in this potential project. Arduinos have a little better penetration in the educational market than the Pi percentage-wise as they've been around longer, but their total sales numbers are still smaller (300,000+) compared to overall Pi sales. This potential project could help with educational use on both platforms.
As they say on the late-night talk shows, "More to Come, So Stay Tuned!"