Teensy 3.0, Launchpad, Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Over the past year or so there has been an explosion of electronic development boards so you can build your own DIY projects and feed the hobbyists desires. I have been no exception and have quite a few boards including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LaunchPad from Texas Instruments and the latest addition of the Teensy 3.0. I have added a bit about each board and how I have used them.

Teensy 3.0

I have only just received my board so still have to solder the headers onto the board so I can easily use with a breadboard. I donated on Kickstarter and cannot wait to get started with this board.

Teensy 3.0 is a small, breadboard-friendly development board designed by Paul Stoffregen and PJRC.  Teensy 3.0 will bring a low-cost 32 bit ARM Cortex-M4 platform to hobbyists, students and engineers, using Arduino(R)** or programming directly in C language.

Based on a 32 bit ARM chip, Teensy 3.0 aims to greatly increase the computing capability and peripheral features, but maintain the same easy-to-use platform that has made Teensy 2.0 so successful. Find out more

LaunchPad

The MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad is an easy-to-use flash programmer and debugging tool for the MSP430G2xx Value Line microcontrollers. It features everything you need to start developing on an MSP430 microcontroller device. Find out more

Arduino

I really like the arduino board and have experimented quite a bit with this and really forms the core of the electronics DIY toolkit.

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Find out more

Raspberry Pi

The raspberry pi is a very versatile board and with the available connections is great to work with. One of the first things I did with it was connecting it to Vuzix Star 1200 glasses head up displays:

I have used these on several personal projects and then they formed the display drivers for the Project Glass Inspired Translation.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming. Find out more

Size Comparison

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