RoadTest: LPRS eRIC Development Kit
Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards
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?: My first experience with RF device / Collaboration with Arduino Mega 2560.
What were the biggest problems encountered?: USB port detection (problem with FTDI driver)
Attention! Not finalized version!
First of all, thank element14 and LPRS for this great opportunity to I can test eRIC Development Kit.
I. The box
When I received the package, I found a little purple box. The box is padded by foam, so the devices are protected well.
Inside the box, there are the following items:
II. Simple impressions
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III. Advanced application
There are two solutions: wireless datatransfer with Arduino and wireless weather station.
Collaboration with Arduino Mega 2560:
Collaboration with EFM32 Zero Gecko:
Okay, let me explain my ratings. The points are the following:
I had not a lots of experience in RF field of design, so I was hoping it will be an easy to use device. And yes, it is! The board is using C programme language and has got clear tutorials and technical manual. The collaboration with Arduino was glib.
The Kit is provided well. The USB cables could be longer. The batteries are included, good point!
There are 3 animated clips, 3 live action clips and 3 tutorials in pdf for Demo.
The animated clips are friendly, but the quality of sound is not good: it is echoing and sometimes noisy.
The live action clips has a little problem: when doing something on the computer, they are recording it with a hand camera. Maybe the screen recording should be better for this part.
The steps of install of Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio is written in 1st Tutorial. The actual TI's webpage and install steps are different, but everybody can install the CCS with a little logic The settings of CCS are written in 2nd Tutorial. The CCS is logical structured. The coding and the code upload to the eRIC board is written in the last, 3rd Tutorial.
The tutorials are absolutely easy to use. These are clear and detailed.
The datasheet and development manual are understandable. The technical structure of board is found in the datasheet, and there is a detailed description for the programming in the manual. These are enough for starting to work with eRIC. Unfortunatelly, the demos has a little deficiency. Finally, the technical support of LPRS (in e-mail) is quick and professional, it is a good point!
At Farnell/Newark element14 the price is (2014.12.03.):
£93,52 (the UK),
118,76 € (Germany),
$175,53 (the USA),
35 625 HUF (Hungary),
CNY 785,40 (China),
Rs. 11 133,00 (India).
It is a hard question: the performance is a subjective aspect, but the price is different for each country (only the ratios: eRIC 9 in Hungary: 35 625 HUF + VAT (27%), average net salary: 153 900 HUF; eRIC 9 in Germany: 118,76 € + VAT (19%), average net salary: 2054 €). All in all, the eRIC Development Kit is a good choose for low cost RF application.
V. Final judgement
Summarizing the foregoing, eRIC has some little failures (driver problem, short cable) nevertheless this is a very good RF device, if somebody want to start learning the communication with radio frequency and/or want to use a low cost communication board.
If you liked my report and are interested in the eRIC Development Kit, please check the other RoadTester's review:
I hear you, anyways I hope to get my review together for this road test shortly. I received three road test in a very short time period due to E14 shipping issues (they were all about a month apart) so now i am playing ctach up and hoping do do a half decent review for each product.
I think this is a tricky an usual method for the RoadTest, because does not lead to problems with the duty. If you receive (e.g. in East-Europe) a FREE product from the USA, it can be VERY conspicuous on the customs...
(When one of my friend ordered a chinese smartphone over the internet, he got a very-very low value on the attached invoice, and this value was under the limit of duty, but this is a different story.... )
I see you have listed pricing here for different countries, did you look at the declared price on the customs form when you received yours... ?