Experimenters Kit coming soon

The Experimenters Kit includes an "Eleven" Arduino-compatible board, plus a range of parts and a guide to make it easy to get started with Arduino projects. [Product Page]
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Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by jonoxer » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:39 am

There's nothing to see here yet, folks, just creating the forum topic in preparation. In the meantime, here's a teaser of the printed guide that's included in the kits:
expkit-guide2.jpeg
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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by bwooce » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:44 pm

Well, that and the Jaycar catalogue...

Look forward to it. I'm assembling photos and code of my portable soccer scoreboard project, so I'll post that soon too (3x DMDs)

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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by dave » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:04 am

Hi Jon,

Do you have an expected release date yet? One of the guys at work has been asking me about the sparkfun inventors kit that got me started, and I would love to give him a local alternative.

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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by jonoxer » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:07 am

Release date is ... so close I could nearly hold my breath until then. Well, not quite, but this should give some idea how close they are:
expkit-sneak-preview.jpeg
That's an actual production package from the first batch being put together, not just a one-off mock-up. There's another 999 just like it, and they'll be in stores and listed on our site within days.

What you can't see from the pic is that there's also a project guide inserted in the back, to help people get started with their first Arduino experiments. We're hoping this'll be a great pack to give someone for Christmas or a birthday to get their first taste of Arduino.
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Post by bwooce » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:29 am

It's live on the Jaycar website! http://jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=XC4262

I'll give it a few days before collecting one for my son though, to ensure they have stock :-)

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Post by Sizzln » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:55 pm

Got mine today. :)

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Post by tronixstuff » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:51 am

Sizzln wrote:Got mine today. :)
How do you find it? Do you like the instruction guide?

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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by mahkral » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:03 am

Hi,

I have just purchased (today. 15/03/2013) the experimenters kit and, seem to have found a glitch in the coding of project 2, example 2.

I am relatively new to writing and understanding code. (I really am a newby and starting from scratch so please forgive me if I am wrong) but I found that when the coding was changed/rewritten to simplefy the loop? from an int count of 8 to 14. I found that the LED's would light up from pin 6 through to 13 from right to left on the breadboard but on the way back it would skip pin(LED) 7 jumping from 8 to 6, but functioned normally going up once more???

Now, consiously, I know nothing of electronics or code writing, so I copied and pasted the code from your website just to be sure and the same issue occured every time.

Things like this tend to bug me and so I fiddled with the code and tried a few things... at times, all LEDs lit up simultaneously, sometimes they didnt scroll at all and sometimes it just stayed on 1 LED lit up.

Eventually I got it to function as I would have expected and I did this by making the following change to the code...

int ledCount = 15;
int ledPins[] = { 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 };

FYI the same problem occurs in project 3 and was fixed with the same adjustments

Could you please help me understand what I have done and why this is so.
I'd appreciate any and all feedback

Cheers

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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by Random » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:10 am

mahkral wrote:Hi,

I have just purchased (today. 15/03/2013) the experimenters kit and, seem to have found a glitch in the coding of project 2, example 2.

I am relatively new to writing and understanding code. (I really am a newby and starting from scratch so please forgive me if I am wrong) but I found that when the coding was changed/rewritten to simplefy the loop? from an int count of 8 to 14. I found that the LED's would light up from pin 6 through to 13 from right to left on the breadboard but on the way back it would skip pin(LED) 7 jumping from 8 to 6, but functioned normally going up once more???

Now, consiously, I know nothing of electronics or code writing, so I copied and pasted the code from your website just to be sure and the same issue occured every time.

Things like this tend to bug me and so I fiddled with the code and tried a few things... at times, all LEDs lit up simultaneously, sometimes they didnt scroll at all and sometimes it just stayed on 1 LED lit up.

Eventually I got it to function as I would have expected and I did this by making the following change to the code...

int ledCount = 15;
int ledPins[] = { 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 };

FYI the same problem occurs in project 3 and was fixed with the same adjustments

Could you please help me understand what I have done and why this is so.
I'd appreciate any and all feedback

Cheers
Hello

I know that i'm responding to an old post but I have also just purchased the experimenters kit and have had the same problem with project 2 example 2. It will count up normally but will skip pin 7 when counting back down. After fiddling with the code the problem was fixed by either setting: int ledCount = 15; or changing ledCount-1 to ledCount+0 eg:
for (int thisLed = 0; thisLed < ledCount-1; thisLed++)

for (int thisLed = 0; thisLed < ledCount+0; thisLed++)

I too am new to this kinda stuff and appreciate any feedback on this as well.
Thanks

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Re: Experimenters Kit coming soon

Post by angusgr » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:14 am

Hi mahkral,

Thanks for posting. The "ledCount = 15" approach is probably a better one.

However, we actually have a newer electronic version (1.4) of the Guide that should fix the mistake entirely. You can download it as a PDF from the "Resources" section of the Experimenter's Kit web page: http://www.freetronics.com/products/exp ... or-arduino

Please let us know if it still isn't behaving for you.

- Angus

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