Review of Arduino Due

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RoadTest: Arduino Due

Author: migration.user

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Evaluation Type: Independent Products

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: I thought about requesting the projection kit. If I can find a way to implement it into the Arduino Due, then I will be able to make one outstanding interactive projection! Note that this is in theory stage and I will post a video once it's been done. Also, the main reason I tried to request this product, I'd like to create an eye. See article!

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Human Error

Detailed Review:

I am the new guy when it comes to tech. I got this in the mail and my first reaction was thinking it was a bomb. Ha, I'm a noob. I am honored to receive it!

I opened it up and it comes in a nice tidy little box. Out of the box, it's very well put together and there are no loose ends. I have not used it in any projects yet, but I have figured out how to control certain things with it, such as LEDs, and hope to do much in the future. I give the quality of this product an A+!

Another thing, the coding software for this, as far as I can tell, is top of the line! You had might as well be using the webcoder dreamweaver!

 

The software available to use with the Arduino Due is very nice. As mentioned above it looks sightly, and has many features available to utilize as a coder. Some of these include highlighting functions, variables, integers and more in different designated colors. This may not have a lot of relevancy to the actual product, but as a new-timer to anything with a motherboard it is very useful to have a user-friendly UI.

 

If you make a mistake in the program, such as putting "void myFunction () { delay(1000); }", then it will correct any errors you may have had the closest as it can manage. Even if you've just said something like "dlay" instead of delay. Very nice indeed.

 

Thank you Element14 for putting your trust in a 17 year old guy.

 

EDIT: I didn't realize I was only giving 5 stars to performance. Using the guide on Arduino.com it worked perfectly and flawlessly! Only flaws were human errors!

 

Now since writing this review I have made many steps toward bettering myself in the techy world (yeah, I still use that term!). For instance: I am working on several projects including the Arduino Due to achieve an official product for sales. No specifics yet, but let's just say that adrennalinpro isn't just a random name.

 

One project I would like to try out is an invention of mine that is still in concept stage. I want to use the projection kit available on elements14 to create a sort of eye. Basically, it has an IR reader inside the retina. If I can find a way to utilize this feature then I can translate what it sees to actually do things like processing color and reacting in ways that no other product does. This would include but not be limited to avoiding heat if attached to a robot, following a certain color, solving a puzzle, exiting a maze, and much more. These are just test examples that I will use. Real uses could span from hotspots in wifi (where does the real strength lay), perhaps a lock deactivated via heat, amongst many others. Really, the sky's the limit. Got ideas? Post em below!

 

The only thing I have a problem with is the pricing. As a young mechanic, I can't afford much. Getting the Arduino Due by chance was a miracle. I've never been chosen on purpose for anything, and I really hope that I can provide for what elements14 was wanting out of me. I am really appreciative to this site not only for providing me the means to kickstart my way to greater projects, but also for helping the community so much by providing a service for both developers and consumers. Thank you elements14! I hope I don't let you down!

 

 

NOTE: I am going to make a video once I have SOMETHING working with the controller. I am going to try my hand at utilizing lights and whatnot, and hopefully I can figure out how to implement a touch screen to work with this. I've got a display from a relatively new printer (hp) and am wondering if it can be hooked up to something like the Arduino Due to be used as an input controller. Thanks in advance!

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  • I'm not so far along as to know how to do that effectively! I try my best but in this area I think I will end up looking like an idiot! I have no idea how to make one, and no idea what the little symbols mean. However, once I'm more experienced in the area, I will certainly do that!

  • Very sorry. You are correct in saying that I was rushed to get something posted. I hadn't remembered that they wanted me to post something 2 weeks prior to receiving it. It's been updated to be a bit more specific. Thanks!

  • I tend to agree with the above comment.

     

    Can you posibly edit it to show your sketch, and what the software was that "...It corrects your coding if it is wrong, or asks you what you meant by it if it doesn't make sense ..."

     

    Thanks

    Mark

  • When you get a kit, please give a better review. You gave everything 10 except for "Product Performed to Expectations:" which was a five. Why was it a five ? When you call youself a noob towards tech, so i guess Element 14 wanted to give a noob to try this product and know how well he uses it. You easily managed to work witht the board, got a few leds running, then how did the performace merit only 5 ? If you are a enthusiast, then give it a whole hearted try. Your review seems, you just wanted to finish the compulsory review.