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DroneBot Workshop
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2020-02-01 7:04 pm  

I've done a LOT of content using the Arduino, usually the Arduino Uno but sometimes other Arduinos or even bare ATmega328 chips. And I'll continue to do it, as they are easy to use and widely supported and make great entry-level boards.  

But I also want to expand my horizons, so I'd like to see what other small controller boards you're interested in seeing me cover?

You can vote for as many as you like, but you may only vote once. And please feel free to recommend additional boards that I haven't listed here.

No need to ask about Raspberry Pi or Jetson Nano content here, I'm already planning a lot of new content for both of those platforms.  But if you know of a small, inexpensive microcontroller board that I haven't listed here I'd love to know more about it.

Thanks!

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Bill

 

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byron
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2020-02-01 9:54 pm  

Perhaps consider the TinyPICO ESP32 board that is a very nice design with good support from the designer.  Also I suggest the Teensy board to focus on is the Teensy 4.0 board which has quite remarkable specifications.

Both these boards can run with the Arduino IDE and the TinyPICO can also be used with micropython (maybe the Teensy 4.0 can too but I don't know about this)


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AngeloB
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2020-02-02 1:35 am  

I some times use a: EZ-B IoTiny $24.99 USD - It has audio, camera and much more

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ZeFerby
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2020-02-02 8:02 am  

I have tested several sketches with STM32 boards, and they give a good performance.

I did not check how power hungry they are yet.

Eric


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Chicago John
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2020-02-05 10:29 pm  

If possible, I think it would be great to see a brief overview of each of the boards you listed that would include price, size, programming method / language, power requirements, niche application areas / strengths -- where they might be a better alternative than one of the Arduino boards.   


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MetalDesigner
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2020-02-06 8:02 am  

Of course ... someone will always mention another Arduino when you request suggestions for Alternatives 😜 ... so I will just say the Arduino NANO 33 BLE SENSE looks very interesting. 

Very small and lots of built in sensors and works with TensorFlow Lite.

Arduino NANO 33 SENSE BLE Sensor Layout


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2020-02-06 4:35 pm  

Hello Sir,

As @zeferby mentioned STM32 boards are a good candidate. The STM32F103C8T6 ARM based board is similar to Arduino nano in form factor but with much greater capabilities and is relatively inexpensive. Would be good to have a series based on it.


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2020-02-06 6:21 pm  
Posted by: @zeferby

I have tested several sketches with STM32 boards, and they give a good performance.

I did not check how power hungry they are yet.

I too have been playing with the STM32 Blue pill and waiting for my Black pill to arrive.  The Blue pill is a 3.3v device with some 5v tolerant pins and multiple i2c buses available.  The documentation I have seen on the Black pill puts it at 100Mhz vs the 72Mhz on the blue pill and is 5v compliant though I imagine they will likely provide in both 3.3v and 5v eventually if not already.

The Blue pill has good power saving features like the esp32 does so several flavours of sleep mode.  If you haven't tried yet, check em out.  I get mine from Universal Solder here in Canada which is nice.

Thanks for the poll Bill.

Brian.


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ZeFerby
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2020-02-06 9:56 pm  
Posted by: @bwchester

The documentation I have seen on the Black pill puts it at 100Mhz

Hmmm, I think these docs may bear some double checking, I think both black and blue have the same STM32F103C8T6 ?

Eric


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2020-02-06 10:14 pm  

@zeferby

Hi Eric,

This is the board I am looking at:

STMicro STM32F411CEU6 Arm Cortex-M4F MCU @ 100 MHz with 512KB flash, 128KB SRAM

STM32 Black Pill STM32F411CEU6 – 100MHz – 512kB Flash – 128kB RAM – Assembled – Tested

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ZeFerby
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2020-02-06 10:18 pm  

@bwchester

Ah ok it's another MCU.  The "original" (?) Black Pill I knew is that girl : https://stm32-base.org/boards/STM32F103C8T6-Black-Pill.html

Yes I see the datasheet, its based on Cortex -M4 instead of -M3.

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2020-02-08 2:49 pm  

Hi, in one of your older videos you mentioned that you would do a video about the ATTiny85,45,etc, and how to  programme  it but I don't think that ever panned out. Are you going to do that sometime?

Thanks.


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2020-02-12 3:46 pm  

@auto-ai-robotics

Yes, I put that one on the back-burner. When I polled my email audience about it the response was lukewarm.

Still, I'd be willing to do it if there is an interest, I always liked the ATTiny chips.

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2020-02-12 6:03 pm  
Posted by: @auto-ai-robotics

Hi, in one of your older videos you mentioned that you would do a video about the ATTiny85,45,etc, and how to  programme  it but I don't think that ever panned out. Are you going to do that sometime?

Thanks.

I'd like to see that as well.


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Auto.ai Robotics
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2020-02-14 4:07 pm  

@dronebot-workshop

Thanks for the information.


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