Good cheap controller board

    May 22 2012 | 12:11 pm
    I'm looking for a USB controller board like the now discontinued Make Controller Board, that is able to interface with MAX and controll motors and take in a few sensor digital and/or analog sensor readings.
    Can anyone suggest a good one,

    • May 22 2012 | 12:18 pm
      There's this little thing called Arduino:
    • May 22 2012 | 3:41 pm
    • May 22 2012 | 6:39 pm
      Arduino all the way. Dirt cheap, amazing community/support, endless shields/peripherals/extensions and relatively easy to program*.
      *you can even use Maxuino and not program a single line of Arduino code.
    • May 22 2012 | 7:23 pm
      Arduino is nice indeed, but I'll miss the Make Controller Board (v1, v2 was buggy) which was a real plug-n-play solution. If you need to add an ethernet shield, a servo shield, a motor driver shield on one arduino, the price will rise significantly!
    • May 22 2012 | 7:38 pm
      Will the Raspberry Pi make a good interface board?
      It's got some GPIO pins. And ethernet, which could be used with a usb wireless dongle to make a wireless connection.
      I've a lot of linux programming experience, and would prefer to use a Pi (when I finally get to the front of the queue to buy one) is possible.
    • May 22 2012 | 11:21 pm
      Don't know. It seems more an embedded solution rather than a sensor/controller board. I don't too much about the I/O on it. They have a very long road ahead of them to be as ubiquitous as the arduino though.
    • May 23 2012 | 6:08 pm
      It doesn't get cheaper than this:
      I have one but yet to play with it. Will probably take a bit more to get it talking to Max, but so did the Arduino until Maxuino came along...
      that said, Arduino seems to have a much bigger and more Max-friendly user-base. I haven't dug into the TI user groups much though.