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definitionofis

Mar 10, 2011, 02:56 pm Last Edit: Mar 10, 2011, 04:17 pm by definitionofis Reason: 1
... until I found this page, finally:
http://arduino.cc/playground/Main/InterfacingWithSoftware

I was at robotshop.ca reading their blurbs many months ago.
It is a mistake that Arduino boards do not convey this interfacing concept
in the initial marketing descriptions. Phidgets conveys their real time
data acquisition ability more clearly. So I bought phidgets and gave up
trying to answer that one question about Arduino.

Yesterday, I found the answer for my wind speed data acquisition.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-nL3chScSA
I mentioned Arduino in the description. I will likely buy Arduino Uno today
for the first time.

I am writing this here because I can't find an email to Arduino marketing.
I don't use Twitter.

Note to marketing:  I checked "Why Arduino?" and "Getting Started"
to see if I could see the idea of real-time host interfacing for data acquisition.
I still don't know how I finally found your interfacing page.

Maybe Arduino interfacing sample rate is too slow or is not the best
way of doing it and I just don't know what most people do for interfacing.
Arduino actually looks like over-kill for my need, with a processor on board.
I looked at "AVR Stick". I don't want USB 2.0 trouble.
I'll find out by trying Arduino Uno.

I'll be back for help or maybe not. Arduino looks very easy and great.
I just didn't know it. I thought it was too complex for my simple purpose.

(I hope Arduino marketing sees this. Pass it on to them, if you know how).

NietGiftig

I think your message subject is missing two words
   
" I bought a phidgets board because this concept is not clear To Me "

There is a large community here, I think because the concept for is clear for most others.
Sometimes you have to read a few pages

definitionofis

Well, that was my point.
I did not mean you and everyone here.

New users will miss a key aspect of the product.
The message has to be farther up in the reading material.
It is marketing101. If you are too close to the product you don't see the obvious.

Anyway, marketing is not an interesting subject to anybody else here, I suppose.

Graynomad

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marketing is not an interesting subject to anybody else here, I suppose.

Probably partly true, most people here would be engineering types, and almost by definition that means they are hopeless at marketing :)

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If you are too close to the product you don't see the obvious.

That is a common problem when writing documentation.

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Rob
Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

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