Archive for the ‘Electronics’ Category

Grove Panda – A Grove shield for the FEZ Panda II board

June 27th, 2012 No comments

Grove Panda, a shield designed by me for the FEZ Panda II.

For a student project, I had recently been searching for a set of easily combinable electronic bricks that would include various sensors (e.g. force and distance sensors), LEDs, displays, and so on. As discussed in my previous post, I finally opted for the Grove components by Chinese manufacturer Seeedstudio in combination with a FEZ Panda II board by the US company GHI Electronics. In this blog entry, I want to present a custom shield I designed for the FEZ Panda II to bring the two systems together. Read more…

A comparison: Arduino vs. .NET MF vs. .NET Gadgeteer + others

June 27th, 2012 2 comments

Arduino Pro Mini, Arduino Fio, FEZ Panda II (similar size as Arduino Uno) and Raspberry Pi (model B). Because I had no hardware at hand, a Gadgeteer device is not shown here.

In the past couple of years, with the development of the Arduino platform, electronic prototyping kits have gained a lot of popularity world-wide amongst hobbyists and professionals. Today, a large number of ‘electronic bricks’ such as sensors, Wi-Fi, LED modules or motors is available, for example for building robots or for home automation purposes. While planning a project for students who had never worked with electronic circuits before, I came across a number of different systems which I want to discuss briefly in this article, by presenting some major advantages and disadvantages of these systems. Read more…