Arduino™ based RedBoard™ – First Steps

I recently purchased my first Arduino, well not quite. It’s actually an Arduino based RedBoard from SparkFun. Details below

RedBoard programed with Arduino

RedBoard programed with Arduino

RedBoard programed with Arduino

RedBoard programed with Arduino

SparkFun Inventors Kit - Littlebirdelectronics

SparkFun Inventors Kit – Littlebirdelectronics

Features:

  • ATmega328 microcontroller with Optiboot (UNO) Bootloader
  • USB Programming Facilitated by the Ubiquitous FTDI FT231X
  • Input voltage – 7-15V
  • 0-5V outputs with 3.3V compatible inputs
  • 14 Digital I/O Pins (6 PWM outputs)
  • 6 Analog Inputs
  • ISP Header
  • 32k Flash Memory
  • 16MHz Clock Speed
  • All SMD Construction
  • R3 Shield Compatible
  • Red PCB!

So far the kit has given me a brief insight to the world of programming and a gentle start back into electronics. Finding the time to fit all this in with the day job, travel time and that certain need to eat and sleep, is equally as fun.

I purchased this kit from a supplier here in NSW – Little Bird Electronics the kit came with the usual components to get you started, ranging from the simple to more difficult to test your attention to detail skills. The good thing about this kit, it starts you on a path of discovery, learning and a wealth of information from talented individuals who know these devices like the back of their hand. There is a plethora of sites, forums and blogs that have more code and resources than you can shake a stick at. For me it’s early days and already have decided on a number of projects I would like to try out and use in a real world environment. My first plan is for a remote control for a DSLR, second project would be some form of a weather station. Other plans or ideas are going to be based on Music and the Model rail.

For the music side of my projects, MIDI connectivity and control, possibly look into CV – Control Voltage to work with the Minimoog Voyager XL which by design is CV controlled and based. The model rail will be a completely different story. Sensors by the ton and what will they do for running Locomotives and trying to automate to some extent? The outcome of this is to be decided on how much automation I want or need. Being too dependent on automation can be a bit of a spoiler, however there is nothing wrong with a helping hand, plus adding further interest always helps.

I have already added one project to my list of things to do and itemized in my Current Projects – location of which really needs to be moved from its current location I think.

So onwards and upwards, lets see where this takes me.

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