Sun SPOT Bling
By roger on Aug 18, 2009
Those of you who know me know that I'm a sucker for new gadgets. There have been a few new Sun SPOT accessories that I think are worth mentioning here.
First from our friends at Circuit Monkey is the breadboard for the Sun SPOT. In a similar vein to the very popular Breakout Board the new breadboard allows you to have direct access to all the signals from the Sun SPOT eDemo board and provides a nice little prototyping area for you to design your own circuit. I think that Circuit Monkey has another hit on their hands with this one. Its on sale right now for under $30, so its reasonably priced as well. I've been playing with one of these for a while and I must say its very flexible and lots of fun. It brings out all the signals from the eDemo board (A0-A3, D0-D4, H0-H3, Vh, SW1, SW2, 3V ref., 5V ref ). It also includes probe hooks on the sides of the board so that you can easily connect a scope. Vcc is brought out on 4 connectors and has an LED to confirm that you are getting external power. Quite convenient and very useful. You can get it and other SPOT accessories from Circuit Monkey site.
For the robot enthusiasts in the crowd, here is a Sun SPOT add-on that you might like. As you know, on several occasions I've mentioned the IARoc competition where students compete to perform tasks using Sun SPOTs and iRobot Creates. The Create is basically a version of the iRobot Roomba but without the vacuum cleaner part. Its a really great robot platform and with a Sun SPOT to control it, it becomes a really fun platform to program as well. The robot simulator in Solarium is based on this combination. The folks who put on the IARoc competition every year, Wintriss Techncial School, have made their interface available for others to use. It does the level shifting for the serial interface between the Create and the Sun SPOT as well as provides an interface to an ultrasonic sensor. You can buy it from their online store.
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