Hardware: Mk II Starter Kit - the Biomaker XODuino system (2019)

For 2019, we are introducing a new Biomaker Starter Kit, which is more compact and lower cost than the Mk I version (see below). The kit will contain an extended Arduino board, components, small prototyping board and programmable display. It is based on the Open-Smart Rich UNO R3 board, which contains a variety of embedded components, including sensors, 7-segment 4 digit display, real-time clock, touch sensors, buzzer, mp3 player with microSD card holder and expansion shield. Importantly, the connections to the embedded components can be turned off using a DIP switch. The board is Arduino UNO compatible, and can be programmed directly from XOD.

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Click here to download the board manual (4.9 MB PDF).
Click here to download the board circuit diagram (805 KB, PDF)
Click here to download the MP3 player manual (665 KB, PDF)

Further, the board is available as a kit of components that includes a wide range of sensors and displays. The kit includes: the Arduino board and: IO Shield, Voltage sensor, Ultrasonic sensor, Touch sensor, Water sensor, PIR motion sensor, Rocker switch, NTC sensor, Light sensor, Slide Potentiometer, Vibration motor, Passive buzzer, Speaker, 8 LED bar, Eagle eyes LED, I2C 1602 LCD, 4-Digit display, microSD card (256MB), CR1220 button battery (40mAh), Infrared Remote Control (with one CR2032 battery), Micro SD card adapter, Infrared emitter, 40pin female to female cable, USB cable (50cm).

The extended kit provides a wide range of sensors, actuators and displays that are programmable from XOD and can form the basis for an extended set of tutorials - as well as provide parts for applications.

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Additional components

Prototyping shield

Prototyping shield

RGB LED ring

RGB LED ring

LED traffic light

LED traffic light

I2C OLED 64x128 display

I2C OLED 64x128 display

Arduino shield with I2C 16x2 LCD display

Arduino shield with I2C 16x2 LCD display

Gas sensors

Gas sensors


4D Systems programmable touchscreen

We wil also provide a programmable touchscreen, such as the 4D Systems Gen4 µLCD 3.2” resistive touch screen. This intelligent display provides a microcontroller and touch screen that can be customised to display user interface elements for visualisation of data (e.g. gauges) or graphical input (e.g. switches, sliders). Graphical elements can be laid out using the free 4D Systems Workshop4 IDE, and downloaded to the display, which can then interact with an Arduino board via serial connection.

Click to download the spec sheet for the 4D Systems Gen4-µLCD-32DT touch screen (2.5 MB PDF)

Click to download an introduction to codeless programming of the intelligent display (3.6 MB PDF).

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Totem Maker kit for construction of customised chassis

For more information, see https://totemmaker.net/product/totem-maker-kit/

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Hardware suppliers:

Rich UNO R3 board and interface kit:
Current price: around £30/$40 per kit with international shipping.

DX-Dealextreme - https://www.dx.com/p/open-smart-rich-uno-r3-atmega328p-development-sensor-module-kit-472696#

AliExpress - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Rich-UNO-R3-Atmega328P-Development-Board-Sensor-Module-Kit-for-Arduino-with-IO-Shield-MP3-DS1307/32822090848.html

4D Systems Gen4 µLCD 3.2” resistive touch screen:
Current Price: around £50/$70 per kit

RS online: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/lcd-colour-displays/12580202

Additional information:

Arduino Learning review:
http://arduinolearning.com/hardware/look-open-smart-rich-uno-r3-atmega328p-development-kit.php

Arduino.cc - setting up the Rich UNO R3
https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=541297.0