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SimplyTronics’ New Board Combines BoE, Arduino, and Better Power Management

The SimplyTronics Educational (ST EDU) Board combines an Arduino, the Parallax BOE board and extra features on to one board. (Photo courtesy of Simplytronics.)
The SimplyTronics Educational (ST EDU) Board fits on to the BoE-Bot and Shield-Bot chassis. (Photo courtesy of SimplyTronics.)

SimplyTronics has developed a new board to make it even easier for students to study robotics. The SimplyTronics Educational (ST EDU) Board effectively combines an Arduino Uno and the popular Board of Education Shield that SimplyTronics developed years ago with Parallax.

The ST EDU board can be used on its own for prototyping, or Arduino Uno compatible shields can be stacked on top. It can also be used as a robotics platform, and is compatible with the BoE-Bot and Shield-Bot chassis.

The new board can be powered via USB or Li-Ion batteries and includes a power management circuit for the rechargeables, too. “There’s no need to remove the batteries ever. Just connect it to USB and it will start charging,” says SimplyTronic’s President Aristides Alvarez. The new board uses an electronic fuse, too, so that students won’t have to worry about replacing blown fuses as the did with the BoE board.

The ST EDU board also includes two additional headers, for a total of six. “Two are for servos, and four are for anything else,” Alvarez says. Best of all, it’s backward compatible with all the BoE Shield documentation, so free online tutorials are already available on learn.parallax.com or the Robot C Website.

Get the board or a full robot kit for a special price via SimplyTronic’s Kickstarter campaign until Feb. 2, 2015.

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