Arduberry for the Raspberry Pi
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- Connects Arduino Shields to the Raspberry Pi
- Power through USB or the Raspberry Pi
- Fully Assembled
- No physical configuration or soldering to work with most shields. Ships ready to work.
- Credit card size, stacks on top of Raspberry Pi
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The Arduberry is a simple and inexpensive way to bring Arduino shields to the Raspberry Pi. The device is a shield that slides over the Raspberry Pi and allows you to stack and use Arduino shields. The Arduberry requires no physical configuration to work with most shields. You can write Arduino sketches (programs) right on your Raspberry Pi.
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To power the Arduberry Externally, you will need a few more components. Here is the list of components that you’ll need:
1.IC1 LM7805 512-LM7805ACT
2.F1 Resettable Fuse 504-PTS12066V100
3.C8,C10 .1uF Capacitor 77-VJ0603Y104KXJCBC
4.C9 1000uF- Capacitor 140-REA102M1ABK1012P
But note that the RPi powers it from the GPIO bus, so you'd only really need the external power if the Arduberry goes solo. So I suppose you don't really *need* those components. Still for the price, I would have expected them to be included.
I also was a bid disappointed that the socket for the ATMEGA328P (which yes, is included) - is on the BACK of the board! Seriously? Surely that was a layout error that went uncorrected. What were they thinking?? So ya, if you want to plug in a new chip, you'll first need to remove the Arduberry from the RPi.
Note that pretty much any Arduino already works with the Raspberry Pi via the USB interface. Even easier these days when the RPi 2 has 4 built-in USB ports. This Arduberry may have been more handy in the days of only two USB ports typically occupied with mouse and keyboard. In those days, you would have needed a USB hub to connect an Arduino. But today, there's not a lot of benefit for this device.
If you are serious about Arduino Programming, I recommend the ATMEL - ATAVRDRAGON - IN CKT, DEBUG/PROG, JTAG, SPI, FOR AVR. It allows single-step debugging with Atmel Studio! I bought mine from the well known online electronics parts supplier with the rodent name, as amazon only had 3rd party sellers for it when I bought mine.
The other thing that was super annoying for me, is that the Tx/Rx pins do NOT work as a terminal session to the RPi. So if you want to use something like putty with a USB to TTL cable such as KEDSUM® CP2102 Module STC Download Cable USB 2.0 to TTL 6PIN Serial Converter For STC - well, it won't work! The Tx/Rx pins will be used exclusively for the RPi to talk to the Arduberry.
Finally - you'll absolutely need to view the instructions at dexterindustries (dot com) - as there are none shipped with the unit. The instructions are fairly straightforward. Mainly you'll need to use git to clone the Arudoberry library. Ya - that means you'll need an internet connection to get this to work.
Note that the online instructions have a MISTAKE! As you know, Raspbian is case-sensitive. The directory created when using git clone is ArduBerry, not Arduberry. (both the A and B should be in caps). So in step 3, be sure to use this command with the correct case:
The install can take a long time with quite a lot of stuff to download. A reboot is then needed.
But it works. Minus a star for putting the 328 chip on the wrong side. Minus another for leaving out components. Probably deserves another minus for everything else... but it does work. Amazon's 3 stars is "it's okay". That's about it.
edit: I forgot to add that there's not even an on-board LED to test with the blink program! Check their web site for info: basically a 330 ohm resister and LED from Pin 13 to GND. Ok, petty, but I would have expected the basic onboard LED like on a regular Uno... not to mention the also-missing 6 pin ISP header.
They were great in trying to get this to work but in the end, the board just didnt perform as described. I really hoped that it would have though. Great idea and I liked it.
I would only wish for an expanded line of Arduberrys that worked with other Arduinos and the new Pi2.
The one desired improvement that may exist, but that I can not find, would be an ability to use newer Arduino IDE versions with this interface.
The Arduberry offers a simplified way to integrate the Arduino to the Raspberry Pi. Add a Grove shield on top and now you have the plug and play sensor ability I was mentioning - but available to two systems: Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The programming is going to be challenging and if electric circuits and resistors and wiring is not your thing - like me - then you can focus on just the software with this.
I also have the GrovePi+ board, several sensor modules and a number of other Dexter products. In the maker world, these offer some of the best of the plug and play simplicity with the full ability to program the most complex projects. Almost every time you make something difficult simpler, you lose part of the power and flexibility of the original. The abstraction layer introduced often means choices are limited. Dexter has worked around that to offer both simplicity and power.
The other piece of the tripod is documentation. There's lots, spread out a bit and not always perfectly accessible, but lots. The Dexter site has a bunch, GIT has some, the forums have more.
I strayed from the strict review of the Arduberry but really, it is what you make of it. It has great quality, is part of a well-designed system and lets you, the inventor, decide what you want to make. Isn't that what this product should do?