Another MickMake Mail! This bag has the GPS clock, (from Tindie), ODROID-XU4Q and I hack around with the DigiSpark and TronClub from a previous MickMake Mail segment.
](images/MMMail10-ODROID-XU4Q3.jpg)HardKernel claim that there's a 16% slower result when running the sysbench benchmark at 2GHz and 6% for 1.8GHz. The quieter option is good for people wanting some peace and quiet, but may be an issue for the performance seekers.
](images/MMMail10-Attiny85-2.jpg)They're all programmed with a default LED flasher program. [
](images/MMMail10-Attiny85-5.jpg)And using the Arduino IDE is pretty straightforward. Just make sure you have the device disconnected first, then hit the upload button and once you're prompted chuck it onto the USB.
](images/MMMail10-Attiny85-7.jpg)So, I uploaded my own LED flashy code. Very simple and straightforward.
Just be careful of GPIO P2 & P3 - these are tied to the USB +/- pins. So if you have something driving these pins high or low it'll stop you from flashing the ATtiny.
](images/MMMail10-TronClub02.jpg)It's a fairly complete package. I tried out building one of the projects from the advanced kit. [
](images/MMMail10-TronClub06.jpg)You'll get given an access code that you punch into the website, (once you've created your account). [
](images/MMMail10-TronClub07.jpg)They provide you with around 20 tutorials for you to get your hands dirty and the explanations are concise and clear. The only issue is that the web page is very long and takes a while to load up. They need to re-visit their website and make it a bit more stream-lined. [
](images/MMMail10-TronClub08.jpg)So, I thought I'd tackle a quick project and see how it went.
](images/MMMail10-TronClub10.jpg)You'll need to download CrossPack, which is a good alternative to the Arduino IDE. It doesn't have a fancy GUI, but this is an advanced kit! Who needs that? [