Olimex has recently launched eduArdu, an open source hardware Arduino compatible board specifically designed for education with plenty of buttons, LEDs, and sensors, as well as tutorials and samples source code to help young and older aspiring makers get started with Arduino programming.
- MCU – Microchip ATMega32U4 AVR microcontroller (as used in Arduino Leonardo)
- Display – 8×8 LED matrix display
- Audio – Built-in microphone, buzzer
- User Inputs – Joystick with push button, 6 Maykey-Makey type buttons
- Sensors – Utrasound distance sensor, light sensor, PIR sensor, temperature sensor (-45 to +125C)
- Two servo motor connectors
- UEXT connector
- Debugging / Programming – 1x micro USB port
- Misc – RGB LED, IR transmitter, IR receiver, status LED, reset button
- Power Supply
- LiPo charger and battery connector
- 5V via USB port
- Dimensions – 170 x 75 mm
Programming can be done with the Arduino IDE, or Snap4Arduino visual programming IDE. You’ll find KiCAD hardware design files, and software resources in Github, as well as documentation in the product page.
eduArdu sells for 15 Euros, but Olimex also offers eduArduQS (Quick Start) kit – pictured above – with two servo motors, a 1,400mA LiPo battery, a USB cable, and a pack of 7 cables with crocodile clamps.
Thanks to SK for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.