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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / What other dev boards do you use.... on: December 04, 2012, 01:19:16 pm
As an arduino user do you use other dev boards also, what are the most common "other boards" netduino, propeller, launch pad that you use and why?
2  Community / Products and Services / Re: FINAL HOURS: BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino on: October 31, 2012, 06:09:37 pm
Thanks pico for the encouraging words, we are very proud to be able to share this great learning tool and the power, versatility and fun of teh Arduino with a wider group of people.

Watch this space for more information, including followups on our school and scout programs, as they begin to take shape.

BOZ
3  Community / Products and Services / FINAL HOURS: BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino on: October 29, 2012, 01:05:15 pm
The BZB Breadboard Kickstarter is in the the final countdown, now is a good time for you to get in on the this great tool, by the time you read this we should have completed our funding goal ( we had $97 to go ) and be ready to move on to the production and fulfillment phase so please be sure to give it a look or share it with friends family and fellow tinkerers .

BOZ

The BizzyBee Breadboard with with Built in Arduino is now available on Kickstarter, if you would like to find the configuration that best suits your needs, please visit http://kck.st/WbiSck


The BZB Breadboard with built-in Arduino compatible microcontroller is a great exploration station to Learn, Invent or Create Your Vision, Your Art or Your Next World-changing Idea, it is only limited by your imagination what you can do.

Please join us at Kickstarter, http://kck.st/WbiSck to grab your BizzyBee today
4  Community / Products and Services / Re: Outrigger Shield Extender fixes "legacy" pin alignmnet flaw on: October 25, 2012, 09:54:11 am
Thanks pico, no actually we were pending approval when the new rules went into effect and had to take several days working back and forth with our handler at kickstarter, to make a ton of changes to get approved.

We were the first hardware to hit the "new hardware rule" gauntlet, and the second one to make it through.

We essentially lost all of our combo packages and had to rewrite the rewards structure from scratch, eliminating almost all of the school and scout programs, because they weren't individual point of purchase, but organization related, they also destroyed whole swaths of our buy one give one and school sponsor programs and teacher combination packs which has left us struggling to make our lowered goal. Essentially it settled down to no combos with 10 or more of 1 item, which wasn't terrible, but left us with some marketing troubles.

We also had to go back and redo all of our media, video and image from scratch, as they would not allow ANY renders of any type, even for illustrative purposes and that even included a large back and forth about the fritzing illustrations that we had, we literally had to go to bat for the world to convince kickstarter that illustrations had to be part of their new policy, in addition to photos only, and we won that battle.

Overall the new rules gutted our plans, but make sense when all is worked out, it just sucked to be the trailblazer, when it was clear that our Kickstarter handler, who was awesome, didn't even have a firm grasp, nor I expect did anyone else there, on what the shifting policy meant in those first days.
http://kck.st/WbiSck

On to the OutRigger. the BZB has an Arduino built into the breadboard, with a center inline set of the standard pinouts. This is great for many project where you don't need shield compatibility, but when you are ready to take the modular design of the BZB to the next level and begin working with shields in your projects also, thats where the Outrigger IO port and the Outrigger Shield Extender come into play.

The Outrigger IO port is a 28 pin standardized female connector on the bottom of the BZB, that gives you access to all of the pinouts, power and communication from the built in Arduino compatible microcontroller. There are a number of accessories that can plug into this port, or you can just plug the BZB breadboard into say, your OutRigger enabled robot platform directly.

The Shield Extender uses that port to allow you to use all Arduino compatible shields, but in addition has an extra set of "normal" pitch male headers so that you can also work with things like perfboard plugged in. This is great for prototyping before you are ready to do a full PCB layout or production (something some people never get to) with the offset headers. So if you wanted to develop a shield you wouldn't need a specialized, protoboard pcb, bought for that specific purpose and only able to be used once, before having to buy another, you could use much less expensive and more easily attainable perfboard.

If you didn't need shield compatibility, but wanted to build a large perfboard circuit, you could skip the Shield Extender completely and just interface directly with the OutRigger IO port bridging the gap between both solderless and your soldered projects.

Thats the strongest advantage to the BZB Breadboard with built in Arduino, because it is a modular design that can be configured many different ways, it can grow and shrink with your needs for your creation, project or invention.

Hope that explains what the OutRigger IO port and the OutRigger Shield Extender that plugs into it does more clearly.

Feel free to ask away on anything else I may answer and please be sure to visit http://kck.st/WbiSck and share the BZB Breadboard with built In Arduino kickstarter, with your friends family and fellow tinkerers

BOZ      
5  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / Re: BZB3 Versus The Arduino on: October 24, 2012, 10:52:36 pm
As the video shows much clearer, there is plenty of labeling. The original designs were based on the type of breadboard you linked to, we worked with many well known users here such as Westfw and Retrolefty, that helped debug our designs and evolve our later designs into the unit you see now, to eliminate the very ratsnest of wires you are discussing, the crossover problem.

You are correct it is not the standard red and black or red and blue, it is designed to be a just what you need solution that can grow with you and the modular nature allows you to expand it any way you want.

It may not be for you, if you are used to experimenting in only one way, but it is sort of a swiss army knife solution, that can be configured for people that want new ways and formats that can grow with them.

With the two external rails being able to carry anything you could choose to put on them, by a simple jumper configuration whether it is gnd, 3.3 or 5 volt, supplied by the built in regulated power supply, you could just as easily place anything up to around 20 volts on the rail of your choice, the modular system allows for complete isolation of the two existing rails.

I have added a better version of the pinout labeling to the set, hope that makes it clearer for you.


You can easily add an inexpensive secondary rail (about a dollar) as I described, but in addition, because all of the standard power pins are available in the center it is easy to choose exactly which side of the board you want any of the power to be, no crossing over or back and forth, no extra rails needed thats the advantage of having a center inline Arduino built right in.

Those power pins are also isolatable so larger amperage can be routed to those pins if you need to exceed the standard 1 amp supplied by the built in regulated power supply.

You don't need two rails on the side or to crossover because with the center power you essentially have two fully configurable power sources on each side of the board, the left power rail and the center inline power for the left side of the breadboard  and the right power rail and center inline power for the right.

The goals were to find a balance between New User Easy and End User Friendly, eliminate as much confusion for teaching and experimentation by keeping down the need for additional wires( as in your crossover process ), while maintaining shield and library compatibility and eliminating the dreaded bump and pull circuit separation, and we brought all that stability and new feature sets at less cost than an Arduino, a plastic mounting plate such as this http://www.adafruit.com/products/275 and the breadboard that you listed combined.    

Thank you Michael again for your suggestions, for some it is the right tool for Arduino Power Users, Educators and New Experimenters alike.

Be sure to check out http://kck.st/WbiSck for full information.
6  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / Re: BZB3 Versus The Arduino on: October 24, 2012, 04:50:30 pm
Thanks for the input Michael

The rails carry 3.3 and 5 volts with common grounds accessible in several points. The connection to rails is a jumper as can be seen on the CTRL-IO board of the BZB3


The jumpers are the red parts at the left above the rails. Because the BZB is modular you can configure it many ways, a secondary power rail can easily be attached to the breadboard using the OutRigger IO connector ( where the OutRigger Shield Extender plugs in ) to carry which ever voltage, including pre regulator VIN, no matter what power you should so chose. There are many modules and extenders, including additional power rails, that will be available.

The pins are labeled on both sides, as can be seen (somewhat blurry) on the bzb1

But you can see them more clearly in the video.

 

In addition to that labeling, the BizzyBee Overlay Curriculum Cards, which will be available at the close of the Kickstarter, also have pin legends, when you overlay the card on the breadboard, the pins in the middle come through a slot and then the circuit components get placed in the layout provided. Keeping the learning focused on the circuit rather than ratsnest wiring and pull apart separate pieces.

Hope this helps understanding a bit more. Feel free to ask anything else I may answer about this great tool.

BOZ
7  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / BZB3 Versus The Arduino on: October 24, 2012, 12:15:17 pm
BZB Breadboard with Built in Arduino vs a "regular" Arduino flickr pool.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10902261@N03/

The BZB3 with built in Arduino and the Outrigger Shield Extender is available at Kickstarter right now.
http://kck.st/WbiSck
8  Community / Products and Services / Outrigger Shield Extender fixes "legacy" pin alignmnet flaw on: October 24, 2012, 12:08:29 pm
If you have ever tried to develop a shield or other project with perfboard and the Arduino you know the legacy pin offset of the Arduino makes it a real pain, thats why when we designed the Outrigger Shield Extender, a component of the BZB3 Breadboard with built in Arduino compatible microcontroller, we made sure to fix that problem while maintaining original shield compatibility along the way.


Now you get the best of both worlds by working in the pitch layout you want for your project, creation or invention and the power of a built in Arduino in your breadboard to boot, all one piece no more ratsnest wiring.



The BZB3 with built in Arduino and the Outrigger Shield Extender is available at Kickstarter right now.
http://kck.st/WbiSck

9  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / Re: BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino on: October 23, 2012, 11:07:51 am
There is a little more than a week left to join others and get your hands on this great tool, be sure to visit the kickstarter at http://kck.st/WbiSck
10  Community / Products and Services / Re: The BizzyBee is now available on Kickstarter on: October 14, 2012, 12:03:46 pm
Thanks Sbright33, we are very proud of it.

I responded to your question in the other thread here http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,127060.msg956466.html#msg956466.

Thanks for the feedback, Ill see if I can add some info to the description of the BZB1 to make it clearer.

BOZ
11  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / Re: BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino on: October 14, 2012, 12:00:12 pm
The BZB1 is the simplest configuration and has just the main processor board. The configuration is similar to breadboard insertable arduino compatibles such as the Boarduino and ardweeny with out losing the space that an insertable takes up.

When you place an insertable into a breadboard all of the pins that it contacts are "used" up on the breadboard, making them off limits from further use for circuits, even if you don't use those pins in your project. On the BizzyBee none of pins come in contact with breadboard(because they run down the center) until you connect them, so it has the convenience of a lower cost of an insertable without the loss of breadboard space.

It also allows you Processor portability, because you could use several of them for several different projects without having to unwire and pull your arduino out to start a new one.

Just like other insertables the main savings comes from not having the ftdi with each processor, you only need one for several processors to program sketches.

You could use the the BZB2 or BZB3 to program the BZB1, or you would need a separate ftdi breakout board. Also becuse it is a modular system you could just add on the Power/Serial module and it becomes a BZB2, or add the Power/Serial module, the Ctrl IO board and the Outrigger Shield Extender and you would have a BZB3, all of the parts are interchangable and modular, so if you had several you could build which ever configuration you needed for your current project and reconfigure if your next projects had different needs.

The most common usage is to get a BZB3 as a master unit and several BZB1s to use as standalone project boards, this configuration is available in both our Maker pack and Dev pack reward levels.

Thanks for the interest.

BOZ
12  Community / Products and Services / The BizzyBee is now available on Kickstarter on: October 13, 2012, 01:48:23 pm
The BizzyBee Breadboard with with Built in Arduino is now available on Kickstarter, if you would like to find the configuration that best suits your needs, please visit http://kck.st/WbiSck


The BZB Breadboard with built-in Arduino compatible microcontroller is a great exploration station to Learn, Invent or Create Your Vision, Your Art or Your Next World-changing Idea, it is only limited by your imagination what you can do.

Please join us at Kickstarter, http://kck.st/WbiSck to grab your BizzyBee today
13  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / BizzyBee Breadboard with built in Arduino on: October 13, 2012, 01:31:08 pm
The BizzyBee Breadboard with with Built in Arduino is now available on Kickstarter, if you would like to find the configuration that best suits your needs, please visit http://kck.st/WbiSck


The BizzyBee Breadboard eliminates the middle man, no reason for a separate card, the Arduino compatible micro-controller is built right in, in one piece, that makes it End User Friendly and New User Easy. It is the right tool for Arduino Power Users, Educators and New Experimenters alike.


On the BizzyBee focus, learning and experimentation stays right on the circuit, and because the Arduino microcontroller is embedded into the Breadboard there is no accidental separation or having to rebuild parts of the circuit again and again due to simple bumps, no “ratsnest” of wires to try to follow, no confusion as you learn, things are much simpler, focused, and stable using the BizzyBee.


Here is a typical circuit on both an Arduino and on the BizzyBee, the circuit is a traffic light simulation with a walk and dont walk LED and a switch. On the Arduino it took 15 wires, the same exact circuit and functionality on the BizzyBee it took only two wires to complete, no ratsnest, no confusion.


The BZB Breadboard comes in 3 major configurations that are each complete Arduino compatibles with enough features for each stage of development you might pass through. There are many various combinations of the 3 major configurations to give specialized working environments to best leverage your needs and experimentation.

The BZB3 with the Outrigger Shield Extender fixes the “legacy” Arduino header offset design failure by adding a second set of .100 pitch headers, while also maintaining the original shield headers for the most versatile input and output options.


The BZB Breadboard with built-in Arduino compatible microcontroller is a great exploration station to Learn, Invent or Create Your Vision, Your Art or Your Next World-changing Idea, it is only limited by your imagination what you can do.

Please join us at Kickstarter, http://kck.st/WbiSck to grab your BizzyBee today
14  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Need Bay Area Eagle PCB GURU to collaborate on project on: March 07, 2012, 11:34:04 am
Both of you are a lot of the reason, along with a few others, I am as far along as I am due to many of the answers that have pointed me in the right direction, sometimes even when I didn't know I needed to be pointed to anything. I will contact you off forum for further information. I was really trying to get a localized base first because of resources and such, as I am not sure how to balance an equitable multinational partnership and reward system or business model, but I am thinking more and more that I might need to open it up to a geographically wide team to actually get it going.
15  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Need Bay Area Eagle PCB GURU to collaborate on project on: March 06, 2012, 10:57:50 am
Over the last several years I have taught myself
eagle and pcb production and produced a number of Arduino derivatives
and other interesting items.

I now have a design and roadmap of additional boards for a very large
unique format dev board environment. I could take another year and do
this myself or I can find other like minded people that compliment my
skills and have an interest in getting involved, my goal will be for
this to be fully open source, but I would like to get the basics in
place and a large run out before opening it fully and wouldn't complain
if the team made some resources(IE money) to be able to continue forward.

So that said I guess I am looking to build a San Francisco Bay Area team, in a
similar format to the Arduino team to grow into a partnership.

Anyone interested in PCB design, Eagle CAD layout and parts creation,
Microelectronic and Micro Controller experimentation,
Electronic kit production, building and design and all forms of
tinkering, bodging or futzing around with electronics, robotics and
other DIY engineering are welcome.

Anyone interested please drop a line. As I said all are welcome as there
will need to be many skill sets but right now the project needs a boost
in EAGLE PCB layout and Eagle library parts creation.

Thanks for the listen.

BOZ
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