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Raspberry Pi 4 set to arrive in stock late August/early September
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
July 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Raspberry Pi micro computer has taken a big leap forward with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. The new model features a 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, dual monitor support at resolutions up to 4K and tiered memory options. Naturally this has resulted in high demand. After consultation with our supplier we are expecting the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B to arrive in stock between late August to early September. A more precise date will be determined as that window approaches. Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Pricing The Raspberry Pi 4 will feature 3 different versions with tiered RAM options: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB. Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1GB    $64.95 Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2GB    $82.95 Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4GB    $99.95 New Accessories A new range of accessories will become available with the introduction due of the Pi 4. If upgrading from a previous model Pi there are a few changes to be aware of. Power Connector: USB-C (previously USB micro-B) Video: A pair of type-D (micro) HDMI connectors (previously single type-A HDMI)
Cases for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and earlier will not be suitable for the 4. However has stated the official Raspberry Pi cases (RPi3023RASP, RPi3023BG) can be adapted to fit the 4 by cutting away the plastic fins on the right-hand side and omitting one of the side panels: Raspberry Pi 4 Launch post. Specifications Processor Broadcom BCM2711, quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 4-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz Memory 1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM(depending on model) Connectivity 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE Gigabit Ethernet 2 × USB 3.0 ports 2 × USB 2.0 ports. GPIO Standard 40-pin GPIO header (fully backwards-compatible with previous boards) Video & Sound 2 × micro HDMI ports (up to 4Kp60 supported) 2-lane MIPI DSI display port 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port Multimedia H.265 (4Kp60 decode); H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode); OpenGL ES, 3.0 graphics SD Card Support Micro SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage Input Power 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A) 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A) Power over Ethernet (PoE)–enabled (requires separate PoE HAT) Environment Operating temperature 0–50ºC

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The perfect bundle to get started with Edison!
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
November 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

We've introduced a new bundle to our range of Edison kits, designed to contain all you need to get started with the Edison Robot and EdCreate. This kit is a great gift for an inquisitive child or as a pack for schools just getting started with Edison! Edison Robot A fun, super easy-to-use and educational robot, compatible with LEGO® bricks! Edison can learn different functions by driving over barcodes (printed on the EdMat) and can be programmed using three different programming environments built for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. For more information on the programming environments available for Edison, check out You're a Programmer. EdCreate EdCreate is a constructor's kit containing 115 interlocking building blocks, pegs, gears, and other parts. These components can be used to create any of 5 EdBuilds, instructions for which can be downloaded here: You're a Builder with Edcreate. Or let your imagination run wild and build whatever you want!   Note: Supplied with a CR2025 battery for the remote. AAA batteries (not included) are required for the Edison Robots, Alkaline batteries are recommended. LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this website or the Edison Robot or accessories.

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NEW 'EdMat' Activity Mat now double-sided!
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
April 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

We've replaced our old Edison 'EdMat' with this new and updated product – now with an added SumoMat side, which can be used for sumo wrestling, bouncing in borders and line-tracking! The EdMat is an A1 size (59cm x 84cm) robot activity mat designed for the classroom and home. Featuring 6 barcodes which can be used to program your Edison Robot, as well as a large track designed for line following challenges or sumo wrestling. Printed on paper and laminated to protect the mat, the mats are shipped in a hard cardboard tube in order to keep them protected. Also available in a tube of 5!

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What's new in ARD2?
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
March 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

ARD2-INNOV8 Curriculum Support Material. Seven has developed a wide variety of educational resources for use with the ARD2-INNOV8 shield, including a downloadable eBook titled 'Coding Innov8ion' aimed at primary school students. This book teaches students to program Arduino using the INNOV8 board, featuring 10 lessons using Snap4Arduino, a visual programming environment that lets you create programs by dragging and dropping pre-made 'code blocks'. Jumper Connector Leads: 100mm and 300mm We've added to our popular 200mm jumper leads with two new ranges: 100mm and 300mm lengths, with in male-male, fem-fem and male-fem terminations. They are great for connecting sensors and modules to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other microcontrollers. Jumper leads make it easy to connect and disconnect components without the hassle of soldering, making them ideal for experimenting and prototyping. These leads come in 3 'strips' of 40 so you can keep your connections neat and organised, or you can pull them apart to make individual jumpers. Easily experiment & prototype with Arduino or Raspberry Pi Comes in strips of 40 0.1" sockets/pins Click here to shop Cables & Connectors for Arduino ARD2 Load Cell Sensors: 2kg, 10kg, 20kg Adding to our existing range, these straight bar load cells (sometimes called a strain gauge) can translate up to 2kg, 10kg or 20kg of pressure (force) into an electrical signal. Each load cell is able to measure the electrical resistance that changes in response to, and proportional of, the strain (e.g. pressure or force) applied to the bar. With this gauge you will be able to tell just how heavy an object is, if an object's weight changes over time, or if you simply need to sense the presence of an object by measuring strain or load applied to a surface. Click here to shop Load Cell Sensors   Check out the list below for more additions to our ARD2 range.

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EdCreate is here!
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
January 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

The EdCreate Edison robot creator’s kit is a construction system consisting of 115 interlocking building blocks, pegs, gears, and other parts. The individual EdCreate pieces are designed with studs and holes which are compatible with Edison robots. One EdCreate kit can be used to create five different EdBuilds and a range of other engineering and design challenges. The kit can also be expanded using compatible LEGO® bricks. The EdBuild projects require progressive levels of coding capabilities, making them a perfect addition to the Edison programming and robotics curriculum. The EdBuilds include: EdTank EdDigger EdRoboClaw EdCrane EdPrinter LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this website or the Edison Robot or accessories.

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New EdPy lesson plans & resources
Posted by Wiltronics Research Pty Ltd
November 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Microbric have released a new set of progressive lesson plans for EdPy, the Edison programming language using Python. The full set of teaching resources includes student worksheets, a teacher guide, app documentation and an Australian Curriculum linking guide for Years 7-10. You can download all of these resources here: EdPy Resources. EdPy requires a V2.0 Edison or a V1 Edison robot with the latest firmware update which can be found here: Edison V1 firmware update.   6 tricks to keep your Edison robot in top-notch shape 1. In terms of batteries, Edison always checks the ingredients Make sure you are using the correct batteries. For disposable batteries only use Alkaline batteries, or for rechargeable batteries only use nickel metal hydride (NiMH). 2. Edison, without you, is a bit of a dummy Edison will only do as much as you instruct it to, so make sure you give exact instructions or Edison could end up driving into a wall! 3. Edison rocks out with the volume all the way up Edison needs the volume on your programming device turned up all the way in order to ‘hear’ the program download. Often the audo will be lowered when an audio device is detected in the audio jack, so be sure to double check the volume is turned all the way up. 4. When it comes to sunlight, treat Edison like a vampire It's best to keep Edison out of direct sunlight as the light can bombard the robots sensors and it can fail to work properly. 5. Using line tracking? Edison plays chess rules Always start Edison off on a white surface. Edison takes a reading of the reflective light against the surface it starts on equating this as the brightest thing it will see. 6. Edison can see invisible light (so long as it’s bouncing back) Edison has an IR light detection system that it uses to detect obstacles, by checking if light is bounced back. Very dark objects (like those that are completely black) absorb most of the IR light, making it hard for Edison to detect them. Meanwhile transparent objects allow most of the light to pass though them, so no light is bounced back for Edison to detect. It is best to use opaque obstacles that are not too dark and at least as tall as Edison. You can check out the full article here: 6 tricks to keep your Edison robot in top-notch shape.  

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