So let me expound upon the virtues of the Arduino platform for a minute. In case you are not familiar, this is a family of hobbyist microcontrollers with minimal memory, no OS to speak of, and a lot of I/O. Very useful for making things that read information from, or control things in, the real world. Right now, I’m making good use of the Adafruit Feather line. Useful (to me) features:
- Support for single Li-ion battery use, charging, and monitoring
- Built-in micro-SD card reader (on my model, at least)
- Really, really tiny
Anyways, my favorite part about it is the programming environment. Being so resource constrained, and with such a simple programming model, it feel a lot like coding in the early 1980’s. Yes, I’m old.
I cannot (yet) go in to detail about the project, but I will put something up on the “Projects” page when I am able. As soon as I’m no longer sworn to secrecy.