Introduction

EngduinoTM 

 

Welcome to the EngduinoTM website. The EngduinoTM is a teaching tool designed in the Department of Computer Science at UCL. It is  based on an Arduino LilyPad in tis design. However, unlike a bare-bones Arduino, it has 16 multicolour LEDs and a button, which can be used to provide visual feedback and simple user input. It also comes with three further components: a thermistor, capable of sensing temperature; a 3D accelerometer, which measures accelerations; and an infrared transmitter/receiver, which can be used to transmit messages from one EngduinoTM to another. The second version of the EngduinoTM also has a light sensor and a magnetometer.

The EngduinoTM is programmed over a normal USB connection using the standard Arduino IDE, and power can be supplied either by the USB itself, or using a rechargeable battery that is recharged by USB. This means it can be used outside the computer room – it’s as usable on the games field as in the classroom, or it could just be the flashing light on a cyclist’s backpack if programming doesn’t appeal.

This website contains instructions on how to install the Arduino software used for programming the EngduinoTM. It also contains some example programs, and teaching material for use in schools alongside the new computing curriculum that is due for introduction in 2014.

 

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

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