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Old 7th July 2014, 04:24 AM   #1
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Default Free Intel Galileo Arduino Board

We don't have a deals section so I guess I can post it here. Mods don't kick me if this is not acceptable.

This board is easily programmed via the Arduino programming environment, though MS is offering it because they want you to use the new VisualStudio SDK. If you EVER were interested in learning how to program a device Arduino is the way to go. Arduino is a simplified microcontroller system which can be used for automation and monitoring. Before, Arduino, microcontrollers were dense difficult affairs to program. The goal of the Arduino project, a fully open-source project by the way, was to create a microcontroller board so easy that an artist could use it. The Intel Galileo is a high-powered version of the super common Arduino board. It can still use the Arduino software and programming language, making it VERY easy to program but its VERY powerful allowing many more features than a standard arduino board. The programming language is simplified for people who are not nearly as tech savy. By following a series of tutorials you can learn the basics of how to program the device and interact with attachments called shields.

To give you an idea of how an Arduino can be used. A common project is to use an Arduino connected to soil hydrometers and a water solenoid. The hydrometers monitor water levels in the dirt, and the user programs the arduino to turn on and off the solenoid, water ing plants automatically when the soil gets too dry. Another use is for cigar humidors, controlling the temp and humidity and keeping it inside set values. Yet another use mentioned, is using sensors to automate functions for maintaining a pool. Basically, any repetitive action or system where you use a sensor to control a result can be made using an Arduino. Honestly, the uses are endless and only limited by the users imagination. Because the Galileo is more powerful (closer in power to a Raspberry Pi some people have even used it for audio puproses which is why I posted this).

This is a much more powerful version of that. Microsoft is currently giving these away for free, so if you were on the fence about trying it out, here is a chance to get one.

https://www.windowsondevices.com/

Do NOT click this link, copy/paste it into a new window and fill out the form. You should receive an email within 10 minutes asking for more info (basically your shipping info), fill that out and you will get an email telling you they will let you know when it ships.

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Old 8th July 2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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I already have a Galileo board which I was tinkering with before I packed up all my belongings and moved 1200 miles. I have no idea where it is now.

Yesterday I went to the page you linked and filled it out with my generic email, checked "no Windows programming experience" and "Enthusiast project." I did not get a response. This morning I tried again with my Tubelab email, clicked Visual Basic as my Windows experience, and "Startup Project." I got a quick response. This implies that someone is actually reading the entries.

The second form asks a few more questions pertaining to experience and intended use. I also listed my other favorite Arduino compatible board, The Digilent ChipKit. Like the Galileo, it runs Arduino sketches. It uses an 80 MHz Microchip PIC with extensive I/O. My projects are I/O intensive so that's why I chose it. The Galileo has a 400 Mhz "Pentium Compatible" Intel chip. There are only 16 GPIO's, but that can be expanded via SPI.

If you need PC type expansion, a visual UI and Windows or Linux capability, the Galileo is the obvious choice. If lots of GPIO and with basic Arduino or C capability is what you need, look at the Digilent ChipKits. I am using both.
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I signed up for this, hopefully we do actually receive the board itself, one person on some website said you only receive a cd with the SDK software on it.

We'll see.
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Old 9th July 2014, 10:32 PM   #4
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you only receive a cd with the SDK software on it.

It will be interesting to see if MS can create some version of Windows Embedded that can be programmed by someone without a PHD! I have a degree in computer engineering, and have been programming microprocessors and microcontrollers since the 6800 came out in 1975. I haven't been able to make a useful Windows program that actually runs some hardware, reads some inputs and controls something on the outputs since Borland quit making cheap versions of Borland C++, mid 90's maybe?

The Galileo can be found for $59. A working high level Windows compiler for a small board, that can run a machine......priceless!
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Have you looked at Netduino?

Netduino :: home

Hardware which uses .Net Micro Framework and can be programmed using C# with Visual Studio Express. If you have a full blown copy of Visual Studio, you can use other languages, like Python.
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I didn't know about those. The Netduino Plus 2 looks like a good toy to play with. High powered fast chip with generous I/O capability.....not too sure about Visual Studio. I will have to try it again once I have my lab set back up....I just moved into temporary housing while my house is being built. This limits me to small projects for a while.
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Old 10th July 2014, 09:03 PM   #7
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...not too sure about Visual Studio.
The Express edition is cloud-based and free.

Visual Studio Express

It is limited but at least you don't have to spend money to find out you don't like it. I work daily with the Premium Edition and don't have much to complain about.

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I just moved into temporary housing while my house is being built. This limits me to small projects for a while.
I read about it in the other thread. This could be a good time to experiment with software and Netduino, as it doesn't require an elaborate setup to verify how your program is capturing input and affecting output.

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Did anyone ever hear back from Microsoft, or receive the SDK or hardware???


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The Express edition is cloud-based and free.
I have the full Visual Studio package. I know I purchased the 2005 edition and the 2008 edition. I think I have the student version of 2010, but I don't have a clue which box it's in!
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Did anyone ever hear back from Microsoft, or receive the SDK or hardware???




I have the full Visual Studio package. I know I purchased the 2005 edition and the 2008 edition. I think I have the student version of 2010, but I don't have a clue which box it's in!

I've still not received the message that I'm supposed to when the item has shipped, so I guess it still hasn't.

I still have high hopes, but every day diminishes that a bit, and also like I said before, one person on some website said you only get a CD with the SDK, which would be pretty useless to me (without the board).
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The form that asked for more info said this:

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We would like to share our SDK and a hardware development kit with you. In order to mail you the kit.......
That would imply that the board is included. That email was the only response from MS I received and it came about 2 weeks ago.
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