Tuesday, January 06, 2015

stickyBUG

Hi guys! Do you know or remember Firewing? It is an Arduino like board based on PIC18F's, PIC24 and PIC32 microcontrollers, accompanied by an excellent, free VB.NET compiler.

Firewing board for PIC18F


Firewing board for PIC24 and PIC32

Now David Barker, the author, did also a series of Shields for these boards which can be seen and bought from his website. Anyway, as he said, 
We all love Arduino shields. They enable you to create many great projects by adding pluggable functionality to your main Arduino board, but they sometimes can have very fixed or limited functionality. For example, try finding a shield that has WiFi and a 12 channel servo control on the same board!
So, he invented stickyBUG which I see it as a good response to the Click bus of Mikroelektronika, and UEXT bus of Olimex. stickyBUG is a little board which sticks on a stickySHIELD. This stickySHIELD can accomodate up to four little bugs and there is already a kitchen full of bugs:

ioBUG, wifiBUG, segmentBUG, gpsBUG, ledBUG, motorBUG, servoBUG, btBUG, bargraphBUG, thermoBUG, eepromBUG, expanderBUG, lightBUG, rtcBUG, sdBUG, temperatureBUG.

And probably there will be more. In my humble opinion, this is the best idea for the Arduino industry, as Arduino team stopped innovate. It is an idea that gives great functionality to the Shield system.