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Starter kit vs Experimental pack
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Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by mcarthers on Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:21 pm

I just ordered the Adurino Starter kit and then saw the Adurino Experimental Kit which specifically state UNO rev 3.

I'm I correct in assuming that the Starter Kit also ships with UNO rev 3? Is one kit better than the other?

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by franklin97355 on Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:34 pm

The kit comes with the Uno R3. There is not one that is better, just different.

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:35 pm

All 4 of the Arduino kits in the store come with an Arduino UNO R3: https://www.adafruit.com/categories/172

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by mcarthers on Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:37 pm

Thank you all!

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by Anth0 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:10 pm

Hello. I am looking to learn how to turn motors on motion sensing, led lights on/ff on motion sensing, and basic
temperature. I just bought the Adafruit ARDX - v1.3 Experimentation Kit for Arduino (Uno R3) (v1.3)
https://www.adafruit.com/products/170
Should I cancel the order and get the starter pack?
https://www.adafruit.com/products/1078
Thanks for the help.

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by adafruit_support_bill on Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:36 am

What kind of motion do you want to sense? There are different sensors for detecting different kinds of movement.

Both of those kits include small motors. The ARDX includes a photo-resistor which can be used to detect things moving past it. The starter kit includes a tilt sensor that can detect something being tipped over.

There are lots of other sensors such as PIR sensors to detect people moving in a room. Break-beam sensors to detect things passing through a beam. Accelerometers and gyros to detect tilting, moving and turning motions. etc. Let us know what you plan to do with them and we can make some recommendations.

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by Anth0 on Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:02 pm

Thanks for the reply.
I purchased the Experimental pack yesterday, and it shipped.
I'm going to learn how to turn a motor (forward, reverse), and light leds (red, yellow, green) on motion sensing. Motion sensing could be a fork lift approaching. Starting small with the Uno and the small motor and small leds. If I can do that, then I will eventually want to turn 240V multiple phase motors with their own power. I am hoping to use the Arduino as the brains. Probably not the Uno. I have a project in mind, but I am in the 'experimental' stage :)

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by adafruit_support_bill on Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:26 pm

Motion sensing could be a fork lift approaching.

There are a couple options for that. If it is driven by a human, then A PIR sensor would detect the driver in motion.: https://www.adafruit.com/products/189

An ultrasonic sensor could detect both a human driver or a robotic forklift.: https://www.adafruit.com/?q=maxbotix&
The ultrasonic sensor also has a well defined beam pattern and can give you very precise range information. So you could measure both the position and speed of the approaching forklift.

If I can do that, then I will eventually want to turn 240V multiple phase motors with their own power.

Forklifts and large motors raise some safety concerns. You will want to design in some safety interlocks and fail-safe features to prevent accidental damage or injuries. Prototyping on a small scale is a good way to test out some of those features before going live with the heavy machinery.

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by Anth0 on Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:44 pm

Thanks for the reply. Yes, this is just experimental, more so brain storming at this point. We already have a PLC which moves motors and we already have industrial photo eyes, light stacks, industrial motion sensors, and safety interlocks. I am hoping to replace what we currently have with something arduino based. I set something up with a raspberry pi, but it didn't so what we wanted it to do. So hoping an arduino "may" accomplish the task.
I am also interested in learning how you incorporate an open-sourced board such as the arduino into something commercial which can be sold to customers. That is way way down the road, but if we can't sell it, arduino is out.

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by adafruit_support_bill on Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:58 pm

It is certainly possible to incorporate the Arduino into a commercial product. See this page for details: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/FAQ

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by mcarthers on Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:19 pm

Is it possible to release the Adafruit feather M0 ble in a commercial product?

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Re: Starter kit vs Experimental pack

by adafruit_support_bill on Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:48 pm

Yes it is.

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