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Mikronauts SchoolBoard ][ solderless prototyping board for the Parallax QuickStart is now available!Monday, October 1st, 2012
Mikronauts SchoolBoard ][ solderless prototyping board is now available for Parallax's great QuickStart board!
(figure 1: assembled SchoolBoard 2 for QuickStart Lite Edition)
SchoolBoard 2 QuickStart Edition Features:
- High quality solder masked silk screened printed circuit board
- flexible prototyping pattern similar to solderless breadboard
- 400 pin solderless breadboard (in Full Kit version)
- eight low current LED’s
- eight push button switches
- eight switch dip switch
- 16 pull up resistors (10k, 1206 smt)
- 24 current limiting resistors (470 ohm, 1206 smt)
- two optional 10 pin stacking headers to pass signals from boards below
- one optional 40 pin stacking header to pass signals from boards below
- four .125″ mounting holes, Parallax standard spacing and location
You can find a lot of photos and ordering details on the SchoolBoard page
If you click on the thumb nails below, you can see a larger version!
Marco is Pollo’s older brother (for some reason my sister did not take my suggestion for Mateo’s name). Marco is based on the two wheel drive / two encoder Dagu Rover 5 platform, controlled by RoboProp, with a lot of extra goodies.
For more information about RoboProp, click on the “RoboProp” link on the left
RoboProp is an advanced robot controller board with an integrated L298 full H-Bridge for driving two DC motors.
- 4.000″x3.050″ standard form factor with standard mounting hole pattern
- Designed to fit onto BOE-BOT as an upgrade
- Designed to fit Dagu “Mr. Basic” and “Arduino Motor” robot platforms
- Parallax Propeller processor with eight 32 bit cores running at 100Mhz
- 64KB EEPROM
- uSD for data logging and program storage
- L298 full H-bridge driver with up to 2.5A drive with large heat sink per motor (3A peak)
- optional current sense resistors
- 8 channel / 12 bit ADC for 3-pin 5V sensors (MCP3208)
- up to 24 channels for servos or digital inputs
- Mikronauts I2C connector for upcoming Mikronauts I2C modules
- HCOMM connector for programming via Propeller Plug, or Mikronauts SerPlug
- EXP connectors for breadboards and Mikronauts modules
- can use FlexMem for SRAM/FLASH/FRAM/MRAM memory expansion (uses 6-8 I/O pins)
- can add upcoming MCP3208 module for an additional 8 analog input channels (uses 4 I/O pins)
- can stack on other Mikronauts CPU boards and breadboards with stacking headers for EXP1/EXP2
- two small high-density prototype areas
- screw terminals for Vin/GND, MotorA, MotorB
- on-board 5V and 3.3V regulation
- RoboPropDiag diagnostic software for testing and exercising ADC/SERVO/L298 features included
- uses OBEX objects for pwm, servos and ADC
- fsrw26 modified for RoboProp’s uSD settings included
- extra mounting holes for sensors and other platforms
- four servo / IO channels are shared with the L298 motor driver
- four servo / IO channels are shared with the uSD socket
- Please see the Mikronauts YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/mikronauts
- More videos will be uploaded as time permits
- $99.00USD+s/h – RoboProp Full Kit – DC motor edition (includes L298 H-Bridge and related parts)
- $89.00USD+s/h – RoboProp Full Kit – Continuous rotation servo edition (does NOT include L298 H-Bridge and related parts)
Assembled & Tested Pricing:
- $149.00USD+s/h – RoboProp – DC motor edition (includes L298 H-Bridge and related parts)
- $139.00USD+s/h – RoboProp – Continuous rotation servo edition (does NOT include L298 H-Bridge and related parts)
- please contact Mikronauts at “mikronauts at-character gmail dot com” with your desired quantity and postal address for a shipping quote with payment instructions
Quantity pricing is available for dealers, distributors, educational institutions and robotics clubs.
I just returned from the best UPEW yet!
Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been working crazy hours – thank goodness I have an unbelievable wife who understands – or at least puts up with – my crazy schedule. I love you wifey!
For those of you not familiar with UPEW, it stands for “Unofficial Parallax Expo West”, and takes place at Parallax’s headquarters in Rocklin, CA. Jeff, known as Obc on the Parallax forums, organizes this yearly event where Propeller developers and users gather to network, exchange information, display their latest projects – and in general have a blast. UPEW opens on Saturday morning at 10am, and lasts until about 4pm on Sunday. Yes, people do stay and work on their projects with like minded individuals over night. (Editor)
The good news is that I am launching the “Mikronauts Modular System”, the culmination of 27 years of experience in industrial control, and about five years of experience in education.
You see, I’ve been a busy bee, and you can think of the “Mikronauts Modular System” as a “Lego”(tm) style building block approach for assembling control systems, experimentation educational computers or robotics and development systems from a coherent system of high quality microcontroller boards, prototyping boards, industrial modules, educational boards, and yes, even an advanced robot controller board and some sensors
What this means for you:
- I will be writing a large amount of documentation detailing the system, which is composed of almost 40 printed circuit boards
- there are more on the way in my design / testing / manufacturing pipeline
- More utilities, drivers and sample code
- Application notes for my products
- Customer success stories, should they wish to contribute some
- Contests with prizes you will want to win
- An e-commerce solution so you can easily order my products should you so desire
- I may even add forums!
It will take a while to get all the documentation written and uploaded, but I will start by posting the announcement for my RoboProp advanced Propeller based controller board with some photo’s later today. I think you will like it – it got a great reception at UPEW from the attendees.
I welcome all your feedback. Please create an account for yourself and participate.
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