Program Arduino With Raspberry Pi

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Introduction: Program Arduino With Raspberry Pi

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In this Instructable, I'll demonstrate how to program an Arduino with a Raspberry Pi.

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The parts I used for this project include the Kano Computer Kit Complete (Raspberry Pi with screen and keyboard) and the Snapino kit by Elenco (Snap Circuits Arduino block, several Snap Circuits components, battery pack and programming cable). These are optional. All you need for this project are the following:

Parts Needed:

Arduino Uno

Raspberry Pi 3

Power source for Raspberry Pi 3 (AC Adapter, or mobile phone battery back)

Keyboard for the Raspberry Pi

Screen (computer screen or TV with HDMI connector)

HDMI cable

USB programming cable for the Arduino

Operating system for Raspberry Pi which can be found here or you can try the Kano OS by downloading it from here.

Step 1: The Kano Computer Kit With Screen and Keyboard

Pictured above is the Kano computer (with screen and keyboard) that I used for this project. In the first picture you can see the Raspberry Pi 3 in it's case on the right, and it is connected to the screen driver board on the left. The yellow cable is the HDMI cable, and the red cables run to the power adapter. The second picture Is the Kano computer booted up the Kano Desktop.

Step 2: The Elenco Snap Circuits Snapino Kit

Pictured above is the Snapino kit. Though the kit comes with several Snap Circuits components, for this project I'll only be using the orange Arduino block and the blue programming cable.

Step 3:

To program the Arduino with the Raspberry Pi I needed to install the Arduino IDE on the Kano Computer (make sure you're connected to the Internet thru WiFi). On the Kano desktop, I opened apps, then clicked on the code tab and opened the Terminal program.

On the terminal screen, I used the following commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install arduino

Once the installation was complete I rebooted the Kano computer

Step 4: Open the "Blink" Arduino Sketch

Once the Kano was rebooted, on the Kano desktop, I opened apps, then clicked on the "Others" tab, and opened the Arduino IDE. In the Arduino IDE I went to File > Examples > Basics > Blink and loaded the Blink Sketch example.

Step 5: Upload the Sketch to the Arduino and Watch the Arduino LED Flash

Next I connected the Snap Circuits Arduino block to the USB port of the Raspberry Pi 3 board on the Kano computer.

Once the Uno is connected, click the upload button in the Arduino IDE. After a few (or maybe several) moments the sketch is uploaded to the Uno and the LED on the Uno begins to flash.

To conclude, this was a simple demonstration of how to program an Arduino with a Raspberry Pi.

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    Since i don't have the Kano or Snapino, would i just be able to do this with just the two boards and a similar setup straight off the RP3?

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    Correct. As I said in the ible:

    "The parts I used for this project include the Kano Computer Kit Complete (Raspberry Pi with screen and keyboard) and the Snapino kit by Elenco (Snap Circuits Arduino block, several Snap Circuits components, battery pack and programming cable). These are optional. All you need for this project are the following:

    Parts Needed:

    Arduino Uno

    Raspberry Pi 3

    Power source for Raspberry Pi 3 (AC Adapter, or mobile phone battery back)

    Keyboard for the Raspberry Pi

    Screen (computer screen or TV with HDMI connector)

    HDMI cable

    USB programming cable for the Arduino

    Operating system for Raspberry Pi which can be found here or you can try the Kano OS by downloading it from here."

    Thank you, will try this weekend.