How to use it?
The video shows that you can achieve the result you need by entering a few lines of code:
To work with the board does not require a lot of knowledge in electronics - basic concepts are enough. The device is compatible with most digital electronic devices and modules, and you can set up work with them in a few minutes. Developers compare the setup process with the Lego constructor - everything is just as simple and straightforward.
What can I use for?
The answer is simple: for everything. Another example shows that this is true. You can use the microcard with any gadget that has a USB connector.
This means the following:
- Third-party software systems are practically not needed - all that is needed is already inside Espruino Pico;
- Changes are made very quickly, you can view the results immediately;
- To complete the command, very little code is needed - as mentioned above, just a few lines;
- You can debug all this right in the process of work;
- If the problems are not with software, but with hardware, then Espruino Pico can be turned into a whole measuring laboratory, with a voltmeter, logic analyzer and oscilloscope;
- All commands are executed directly;
- If you stopped working on a project and decided to resume it in a year, the source code will wait, because it is stored in the chip. If necessary, the code can be obfuscated.
Internet of things
The microplate is ideal for connecting everything to the Internet of things. At the same time, third-party modules can be used with the device, adding support for Ethernet, WiFi, NRF24, Bluetooth, and the 315 / 433Mhz range.
By the way, the board comes in two versions: with and without pins. The version without legs is slightly cheaper than the version with legs, and is intended for people with a certain soldering experience.
Along with the board, kits with various elements are also offered. Kits developers offer different.
This kit allows you to do without soldering, if you need to pre-configure any system.
Geek's Toy Kit
The kit immediately includes 3 boards, LCD, servo, relays and various sensors to create a variety of projects.
Ultimate Toy Kit
Here we have 10 boards (2 of them with legs), plus all of the previous kits, plus the ESP8266 WiFi and the WIZnet W550io Ethernet module.
Options may still vary slightly.
- 32mm x 15mm (1.26 x 0.6 inch)
- 22 GPIO pins: 9 Analogs inputs, 21 PWM, 2 Serial, 3 SPI, 3 I2C
- All GPIO is 5 volt tolerant (Arduino compatible)
- 2 rows of 8 pins, with 12 pins on double-sided end connector
- On-board USB Type A connector
- STM32F401 CPU - ARM Cortex M4, 384kb flash, 96kb RAM
- On-board 3.3v 150mA voltage regulator, accepts voltages from 3.5v to 16v
- Current draw in sleep: <0.05mA - over 2.5 years on a 2500mAh battery
- On-board FET can be used to drive high-current outputs
Of course, many are interested in how much it costs. So, the cost of one board without legs is 15 pounds (23 dollars).
- Starter Kit - 61 US dollars;
- Geek's Toy Kit - 123 dollars;
- Ultimate Toy Kit - $ 342
The developers have already collected more on Kickstarter than they planned, so in April 2015 the shipment of the mini-board will begin.