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I already ordered one on 5/11/2011 (order#48069). Nothing in sight yet.
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In reply to old_cow_yellow:
old_cow_yellowI already ordered one on 5/11/2011 (order#48069). Nothing in sight yet.
Looks nice. (in fact, it somehow looks like the picture in this original post :) ) but I haven't played with it yet. No time.
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In reply to Jens-Michael Gross:
The link in the opening post contains an incorrect href (it leads to Outlook Web Access).
Very cool and exciting. If you ever make one that's 5V/16Mhz and added a
gyro with the accelerometer there would be a large hobby base that would buy them
Thanks for the heads up! The link has been fixed to redirect to the appropriate page.
Feel free to send me an email @ email@example.com and I'll try and dig up your order number. We definitely have them in stock, so I'll get this fixed for you!
Just bought 2 of them. One probably will be used for the R2D2 droid I started to build.
It would be great if you could add a gyro to the board 2.0 :)
In reply to Enrico Colautti:
@OCY --> Hi there! Why don't to take the chance anr re-order (one or two or even more)? Ordered mine yesterday morning and got the shipping confirmation yesterday evening. If Fedex delivers in time I will have them at hand on Monday.
@Enrico --> Hi Enrico, buy a Wii motion plus controller (i.e http://www.amazon.com/Wii-MotionPlus-Nintendo/dp/B001TOQ8NO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1308407989&sr=8-2), slaugther it (excellent video on http://www.multiwiicopter.com/pages/videos, look here for details on it: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Wiimote/Extension_Controllers) and hook it up to the I2C port of your MSP430. The cheapest gyro you can get! Adding it to your experimenter board will result in a 6DOF board!
Is there some reason that the clock crystal isn't soldered onto the board, or alternatively that they couldn't use a though-hole crystal instead of surface mount?
I'm a hobbyist, not a professional, and I'm not set up to do surface-mount soldering at home, and this was a real problem with the Launchpad board.
If they can't ship with the crystal installed for RoHS reasons, the way they don't install LDRs, that's fine, but through-hole would be much easier.
In reply to bill stewart:
Here is the link for the manual:
You can see that it has the option for both SMD and through-hole. Hope that helps.
In reply to Bill Albrant:
Hi Bill Albrant,
the MSP430FR5739 can run at up to 24MHz! Yes, it is a 3.6V (max) device, but where's the problem? When you need to connect it to 5V peripherals you can use level shifters i.e. like the TXS0104E (4-bit OD) or SN74CB3T1G125 (1-bit); find an overview here: http://focus.ti.com/paramsearch/docs/parametricsearch.tsp?familyId=338&family=analog&uiTemplateId=NODE_STRY_PGE_T).
You can add a gyro by yourself (see my post above). If you want to have a 'high-end' device you should have a look at Sensor Dynamics SD746 (http://www.sensordynamics.cc/cms/cms.php?pageId=73) - a 3D accelerometer with a 3D gyro in one package!
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