Good cheap controller board
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,
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.