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uniDap (LinkSprite Australia) hold a three-day workshop on Scratch for pcDuino in Brisbane

Our colleagues in uniDap (LinkSprite Australia) hold a three-day workshop on Scratch for pcDuino in Brisbane.  The course website can be found at: www.linksprite.com.au.

The course was based on the scratch for pcDuino kit, and Keith, the presenter, presented the course right on pcDuino. This demos how powerful the pcDuino3 is.  The courses are divided into morning and afternoon groups, and three sections.  Each section began with a half hour brief in the boardroom, and then move to the bench to start get hands on.

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The bench work was really fun!

 

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We also have Fangjun Yu, a STEM teacher in China to share his experience in using pcDuino to teach science and coding in his school:

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How to Interface pcDuino3 With a DC Motor Driver Breakout

If you’re looking to work with pcDuino3 for your wheeled robot, here is a simple tutorial that explain in steps how easily is to use the pcDuino3 single board computer to control motors with a DC Motor Driver Breakout.

On the hardware side, you will need a two-wheeled platform with two DC motors, a DC Motor Driver Breakout based on L298 chipset, a fully functional pcDuino3 with Ubuntu operating system, and a WiFi video camera. The software side include the Arduino IDE installed and prepared to run the code from tutorial.

Last, it would be preferred to have few electronics and programming skills to assemble the robot and write the programming code.

The new pcDuino3 is Featured Enough to Become your Next Option for Prototyping Things

For complete instructions visit the Linksprite site.

The pcDuino3 interfaced with DC Motor Driver Breakout based on L298 Chipset

The DC Motor Driver Breakout

pcDuino3Nano: Building the World’s Powerful DIY Project with a Nano Linux/Android Single Board Computer

How many Linux and Android single board computers with a price of $39.00, compatible with Arduino shields, powered by 1GHz dual-core processor and with 1GB DRAM do you know? The answer to this question may decide how important is for any maker and hacker who develops things using prototyping platforms. The pcDuino3Nano is designed as a high-performance and cost-effective embedded platform which allows consumers to explore the power of Ubuntu Linux and Android.

With millions of hackers and makers worldwide who prototype things to explore the human needs, I will look at the most important features that make pcDuino3Nano a unique tool that would radically improve your work and allow you to build almost anything.

Anyone can realize that a single board computer with a set of features closer to Nano would typically go for about $60 or more. But the manufacturer makes it happen on a small board large enough to host no more than several coins.

Overview of pcDuino3Nano

LinkSprite, a Colorado based company, added to its pcDuino family the $39 single board computer having the goal to help professional makers and hackers, and also the students and the hobbyists to enter in both software and hardware areas. Of course, using a Linux SBC doesn’t automatically make engineers better at their craft, but the embedded platform is going to make a big push for its users to embrace its enormous potential for prototyping robots, and Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 projects also.

To make it happen, the pcDuino3Nano is compatible with the popular Arduino ecosystem including the Arduino shields and is featured with easy-to-use set of linked development tools from the open source community.

For programming, the tiny board support C, C++ with GNU toolchain and also Java with standard Android SDK and Python. The 3.63 x 2.13-inch pcDuino3Nano can run Android or Ubuntu on the dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor with 1GB of DRAM. For storage are available up to 4GB of flash memory, and if an increased amount of memory is needed, the total onboard storage space can be increased up to 32GB microSD card.

One of the most important features offered in the Nano is related with compatible expansion header that supports a wide range of Arduino shields. More than that, its extension interface is similar with Arduino board and includes 14xGPIO, 2xPWM, 6xADC, 1xUART, 1xSPI, 1xI2C and 1xUSB OTG.

For the electronics enthusiast, the possession of a 5 volt DC embedded platform is the best workspace that can be used. And yes, to power the Nano you have to use a 5V power supply.

Read more: The new pcDuino3 is Featured Enough to Become your Next Option for Prototyping Things

I’m sure that if you’re working in the prototyping area you’ve been reading a lot about the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or pcDuino. But you might still be wondering what the pcDuino3Nano could do more than these popular platforms. In robotics or automation, the best DIY projects use microcontrollers or cheap single board computers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi. Is there place for improvements in the do-it-yourself area? Yes, there is a lot of space for more powerful and versatile platforms with support for extended capabilities. In this space is placed the pcDuino3Nano.

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The new pcDuino3 is Featured Enough to Become your Next Option for Prototyping Things

The open-source community is going to be blown away by a powerful cost effective single board computer that takes the full advantage of Linux features. This is the new pcDuino3, a development system with new features that will give users the ability to connect wirelessly to their devices or share its ecosystem with Arduino shields.

The board has a WiFi built-in module that lets you connect to a wireless network and share, download or upload files on your private file store or with the entire community of users. The dual core Allwinner A20 processor can run comfortably Ubuntu or Android operating system together with an IDE and project types for C, C++, Java or Python.

Its compatibility with Arduino Shields simplifies the making process and let users use the board for a hardware hacking purpose or diversify the projects. The pcDuino3 extension interface looks like the Arduino UNO interface and includes 14 GPIO pins, 2 PWM, I2C, SPI, UART, and 2 USB ports.

But the Arduino is not the only one prototyping platform that inspires the engineers to develop the pcDuino3. The SATA connector or the HDMI interface is something similar to Raspberry Pi. The SATA connector is good enough to attach mass storage devices with faster data transfer, while the HDMI interface output 1080p video.

There are also similarities between pcDuino3 and Raspberry Pi including the external hardware resources such as a Logitech wireless keyboard used for the Pi that works fine with the pcDuino. In addition, the list goes on with the power supply that should provide an output of 5V and 2000mA.

The pcDuino3 is featured enough to solve several problems for Arduino and Raspberry Pi users. The development board is fast enough to replace the Raspberry Pi and sufficient equipped to substitute the Arduino and WiFi shield. If you consider to use a cheap and low-power hackable platform that can work with I2C and C++ to read the temperature from a sensor, the pcDuino3 is most probably the best option.

The new pcDuino3

 

pcDuino3 1GB ARM Cortex A7 Dual-Core

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