on my .NET research list: Mini (Raspberry Pi) and Micro (Arduino)
Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2012/08/01
Computing on not so common platforms it so much fun, especially when you can use familiar tools for it.
A couple of years ago, I did a fun project with an USB WebCam, a Pololu USB servo controller, two servo motors, a servo relay and a laser pointer. The device would point the laser pointer at the biggest moving object in the WebCam view, and flash the laser pointer at it.
All code was C# running on Windows.
Basically there are two classes on “small” devices that run .NET code (apart from smartphones and tablets):
- Raspberry Pi:
Mini devices with more than a couple of megabytes memory running a kind of regular .NET Framework.
Micro devices with maximum of a couple of dozen kilobytes memory (a megabyte if you are really lucky) running the .NET Micro Framework
This might be a chance to lift it to a new level and embed everything in one device (:
The cool thing about the .NET Micro Framework is that you can do real time stuff.