[squeak-dev] Re: [Pharo-project] [ANN] Physical Etoys 2.0 released!
btc at openInWorld.com
Sat Apr 21 09:17:56 UTC 2012
Ricardo Moran wrote:
> Hi everybody (and sorry if you receive multiple copies),
> I would like to announce a new version of Physical Etoys, now with a lot of
> new features:
> 1. First of all, it's based on Etoys 5.0 so it incorporates all the
> bug-fixes and new features from the Etoys release.
> 2. We are now focusing on the two main hardware platforms: Arduino and
> Lego Mindstorms Nxt. For the rest, we will publish a set of "external
> modules" that you can install in your Physical Etoys version.
> 3. Also, we now support an argentinian version of Arduino, which is
> called DuinoBot and it's currently being used in a lot of argentinian
> 4. We added new devices for arduino and now we also support the use of
> digital devices attached to analog pins.
> 5. We added two new objects that let you graph the input of a variable
> across time and save it to a csv file.
> 6. We added a new programming mode that lets you compile your scripts
> and have them running inside the robot, in contrast to running them in the
> computer and communicate with the robot via bluetooth or usb. We believe
> this opens a lot of new posibilities for the Physical Etoys users.
> 7. And finally, we fixed a lot of bugs that make the software a lot more
> stable (or so we hope :).
> I would like to use this opportunity to publicly thank all the people from
> the Etoys community for their work on Etoys 5, this latest version is much
> better than the last and I encourage you all to try it.
> And also, I would like to announce that Physical Etoys 2.0 is going to be
> installed by default on all the laptops of the "Conectar igualdad" program,
> which is kind of like the argentinian version of OLPC (but for older
> students). So we are *really* excited about this!
> Now that you're all as excited as we are :) you can download and try
> Physical Etoys 2.0 from our blog:
Interfacing with Arduino is very cool. It is high on my list of things
to play with (as time permits)
Now in case you ever need anything more industrial/powerful (but more
costly) here are a couple of things I have been kept a wishful eye on
for a couple of years (but I have not yet had time to play with). I
share this on the random chance someone gets interested in it before I
get a chance to play - hopefully early next year.
200MHz ARM9 CPU; 32MB SDRAM (64-128MB opt)
8MB RAM Framebuffer; able to drive TFT-LCDs via custom FPGA
5K LUT FPGA <----------------
Boots Linux 2.6 in about 1 second <----------------
1 10/100 ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 (12Mbit/s max), 1 SD Card slot
250MHz ARM9 CPU; 64MB DDR-RAM; 256MB SLC XNAND Drive
Customizable 5K LUT OpenCore FPGA <----------------
1 10/100 Ethernet, 33 DIO, SPI and I2C interfaces, 8 TTL UART, 1 CAN bus
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