So What Exactly Is It?
The Arduberry microcontroller can be programmed to run on it's own and access Arduino shields. Shields that use digital communications can be accessed directly by the Raspberry Pi, while shields that use digital or analog pins can be controlled by the Arduino. The Arduino chip on the Arduberry can communicate directly with the Raspberry Pi with no extra setup required.
How Does it Work?
Who are you?
Why Are You Doing a Kickstarter?Like our previous project, we want to build a community around Arduberry, and get feedback on our project. We believe that the best projects are responsive and the work of many, not just two nerds working alone. For that reason, we wanted to get this project out of our heads, and in the open. We think Kickstarter is the best way to do this.
Why is the design open? Aren't you afraid someone's going to steal it?The design is open because we genuinely want to contribute to learning, and the best way to do that is to show your work. We want to honor those that made this project possible, in particular the brave folks that open-sourced the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. Like all things in the Arduino and Raspberry Pi community, we hope that people will use this, and make it better: it raises our game.
Even more importantly, we hope that whoever uses the Arduberry, moves the open source community forward, and helps folks make their hacking dreams come true.
What Have You Done and What Is Left To do?We have hand-made prototypes, and a growing library of examples with the Arduberry. We have had the design reviewed by manufacturing engineers for mass production. If this product is successfully funded, our focus will be on three things:
- Developing software examples. We have found that the best way to learn with software is to follow examples. We want to produce a solid library of examples with different shields to make sure Arduberry users have an easy start. Doing this takes developer time and effort.
- Developing tutorials for getting started. Furthering goal number 1, we want to make sure we develop tutorials for a few of the most popular Arduino shields to ensure that its easy for most folks to get started with the Arduberry.
- Developing a custom image for the Arduberry. The Arduberry needs a few changes made to the Raspbian image to operate. We found in our previous project that some folks prefer to have the changes to the image already made. In order to make the Arduberry as easy to use as possible, we will develop a custom image for download that will allow users to get started right out of the box, with minimal setup.
Hardware Delivery Timeline
Software Delivery TimelineWe will prioritize the development of the Arduberry Image. We have developed an initial install script (found on our Github site) and will finish testing this mid-campaign. We should have final changes to the image done by the end of the campaign.
We plan to finish the software examples and tutorials by the time the Arduberry is shipping so that it will be ready for backers receiving their rewards.