SAKC board

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at
Sat Jan 16 23:36:55 EST 2010


> I did.  Wolfgang, thanks for starting that. :-)  Is there intentionally
> no link to the SAKC on the main page (or anywhere, for that matter)?

No definitely no intention.
I think our wiki is still in "let's throw more in" mode, but very soon we
have enough content that we can spend some serious time on better structure,
better homepage, etc.
Also we should probably change the way we localize to 'full localization'
same as Wikipedia. Unfortunately it's quite a bit of work on the server...

For now, just feel free to add links whereever they are missing, we need
some mess first before a cleanup makes sense :-)

On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 07:19:03PM +0100, Bas Wijnen wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 10:06:58PM -0500, Carlos Camargo wrote:
> > And I want to use SAKC board with Nano for make a device like [1],
> While I like such devices technically, and I might actually want to use
> them myself, I don't really want them in the classroom.  I want a very
> clear separation between the computer and the sensor.  A sensor should
> measure exactly one sort of thing (and not, for example, either current
> or voltage depending on a small switch).  It should be obvious to the
> viewer what sort of information is aquired by sticking the sensor into
> the setup.
> That's why I prefer to need a NanoNote for the human interface (which is
> what you're saying as well).  It looks like a real computer, so pupils
> will likely treat it as such.  The device you linked to looks like a
> creepy measurement device, and it's not particularly clear what it
> measures.  Of course if you understand the device, it's real cool.  But
> I don't want my pupils to need to learn that first.
> This is not a reason to make the board any less powerful.  I really like
> a powerful board which may be able to do standalone things.  What I'm
> saying is that for high school use, it's important that it is possible
> to use it with a simple interface, where the board looks like it's just
> some wires (and if you think about it, ADCs and maybe DACs).  They don't
> need to know that the board can think for itself. ;-)  Even if for good
> measurements it's required that the board does the work (fast feedback
> in a clamping measurement for example), that's no problem.  As long as
> it looks like the computer does it.  So the interface for setting up the
> measurement should not (without going to advanced mode) show that some
> code is actually uploaded into the device instead of run locally.  This
> mostly implies that I don't want a screen on it.  For the screen, I
> should connect the NanoNote.  A few buttons and LEDs is acceptable,
> though, but not required either.  It's not like the NanoNote is too
> bulky to carry around or anything. ;-)
> > of course we will provide current sensor, and analog inputs, The main
> > goal of this project is build an analog interface for Nano.
> And thereby to full-size computers, if only through the NanoNote. :-)
> Do you plan to support plugging in current USB sensors as well?  In that
> case, a USB host controller would be required, which may be troublesome.
> On the other hand, it does add USB host support to the NanoNote. :-)
> Looking at the wiki, it seems you want to connect to the NanoNote via
> its USB host port.  That's going to be a problem for the Ben. ;-)  Will
> an SDIO interface be supported as well?
> > > The point here is that while most physics teachers like technical stuff,
> > > many are not programmers.  Using the things should not require much
> > > learning for non-programmers.  The learning part should be about what is
> > > observed, not how to get the measurement running. ;-)
> >
> > I agree, because of that I like turtle-art [2] I want to use a similar
> > interface for this board, so any people can use this platform, Is very
> > important have a good Hardware abstraction layer, and provide many examples
> Indeed.
> > > Anyway, as I write below, I think it makes sense to combine it with a
> > > NanoNote.  To keep the combination cheap enough may be slightly harder.
> >
> > Another advantage of our solution is the flexibility, many commercial
> > products require special (and expensive) hardware, with our platform
> > you can use your own hardware.
> For schools, this is not only good from a cost-perspective.  It's
> valuable for education as well to allow pupils to build their own
> sensors and actuators.
> That does pose a problem, though: to make it student-safe, it should
> allow short-circuiting of any external pins on the board (or at least
> the ones which may be used for self-built devices).  This is a good idea
> in any case, but especially the analog outputs may lose accuracy, I
> suppose.  Perhaps they can be read back and controlled in a clamp.
> > Bas can you add all of your recommendations on wiki? Your comments are
> > very valuables for us.
> I did.  Wolfgang, thanks for starting that. :-)  Is there intentionally
> no link to the SAKC on the main page (or anywhere, for that matter)?
> Thanks,
> Bas

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