Re: Vixen/Arduino Standardization HELP WANTED!
I have just purchased my first Arduino in the past month or so. I've got a Nano 328 and a Mega 2560 currently. I see tons of possibilities for these devices and have sorta started thinking on my own about what I could do with them. Now that this thread has started, I sense the excitement of the community. Since I use Lynx Express boards, I'm obviously favoring the DMX protocol.
One of the things that bothered me was that even though these are Open Source projects, a lot of the more fancier boards use SMD processor chips. I'd hope that eventually someone (maybe even myself) could design a through-hole version of most of whatever we decide to use. Ebay sells a lot of the PCBs very cheaply, but few of them are non-SMD. For now, the processors like the 2560 sell for almost what I can get the complete, populated board for on Ebay. Time will tell if these are quality boards or not. When deciding on a particular Arduino, please keep in mind that group buys of the completed boards might be a nice option, as well as for the processor chips for the true DIYer. A lot of the bigger chips probably don't even come in DIL flavors, so group buys are important. Another thought is that except for enclosure considerations, the actual Arduino board size does not have to remain the same as the official board as long as the shield connectors are consistent with the official Arduino if someone were to create something.
As I've searched for libraries, I find that a lot of redundant libraries are out there. For instance, for the DMX reception library, I've found 2 or 3 different ones. I'm not sure any of them really work yet, but as these criteria are defined for all of this, I'd hope that a repository for 'working' libraries will be created. It'd be great if "official" libraries could be designated for this project, and others be listed as beta as far as their adoption into the project.
I realize this isn't helping define any of the criteria, but as we get this thing rolling, I just hope there will be some order to ALL aspects of the project.
I really enjoy being in the over-60 age group. I can get grumpy, assertive, and opinionated and not feel too guilty about it.