This category contains user-programmable microcontroller boards, such as the Basic Stamp 2, the Arduino Uno, and Orangutan robot controllers. The following comparison table gives a brief feature overview of some of our more popular controllers (click to enlarge):
The mbed microcontrollers are a series of ARM-based development boards designed for fast and easy prototyping. They are packaged in a breadboard-friendly 40-pin DIP form factor. An online compiler and a USB drag-and-drop programming interface make it simple to get started with mbed development.
Arduino is an open-source, AVR-based electronics prototyping platform that can be used for a wide range of projects and is easy-to-use. It is intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. These development boards are a good entry point for people new to embedded programming.
The A-Star 32U4 Micro is a tiny programmable module featuring Atmel’s ATmega32U4 microcontroller. It packs a Micro-USB interface and 15 digital input/output pins (of which 7 can be used as PWM outputs and 8 as analog inputs) onto a board measuring only 1″ × 0.6″ and comes preloaded with an Arduino-compatible bootloader.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer with an ARM processor that can run Linux. This item is the Raspberry Pi Model B, revision 2.0, which has 512 MB of RAM, an ethernet port, HDMI output, RCA composite video output, audio output, two USB ports, and 0.1″-spaced pins that provide access to general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIO). The Raspberry Pi requires an SD card with an operating system on it (not included). The Raspberry Pi is very popular, with lots of example projects and information available online.
The Parallax BASIC Stamp Discovery Kit is a complete kit for learning microcontroller programming and basic electronics. The 40+ activities in the included text teach you how to program the BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller and make simple electronic circuits controlled by the BASIC Stamp. Once you complete the activities and learn the concepts covered, you will have the skills to start making your own electronic inventions!
It’s amazing what you can accomplish with this well-proven microcontroller and its simple programming language, PBASIC. Widely used in educational, hobby, and industrial applications, all vital components (processor, clock source, memory, power regulator) are provided on the BS2’s tiny PCB; just connect power and go!