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What's a Microcontroller BASIC Stamp Kit help Answered

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westfw (author)2007-05-04

I agree pretty exactly with "matseng." There are things to complain about, this would be a fine thing to start with. You can find more details, including online versions of the manual and the book, at the Parallax website

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wesie42 (author)westfw2008-03-22

If you got a microcontroller kit and got an adpater for the serial port to adapt it to the usb port would it still work?

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westfw (author)wesie422008-03-22

In general, it's hard to say whether a microcontroller board designed to use a serial port will work with a USB/Serial adapter as well. Some boards (the PIC "JDM" programmer comes to mind) play rather fast and loose with the normal uses of serial port signals, in ways that a USB adapter just won't support. On top of that, not all USB/Serial adapters support the same features. I BELIEVE that Parallax boards that use a serial port for programming will work with a serial/usb adapter, and parallax sells such an adapter that is almost certain to work...

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westfw (author)2007-05-06

The "Basic Stamp Discovery kit" you found look similar to the "basic stamp Activty kit" (which is what RS sells), but it $149 vs $79. It has the separate Basic Stamp Module, but I don't think it's worth the extra 70 bucks. (you can buy an ADDITIONAL BS2 module for $49...)

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frank26080115 (author)2007-05-04

the BS2 is good but get a "board of education" kit instead so you can take off the BS2 and put it on things

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westfw (author)frank260801152007-05-04

At close to double the price?

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matseng (author)2007-05-04

Yes, I think so. If you're new to programming and/or microcontrollers this is definitely a nice kit to start with. It seems to include a lot of the basic stuff that you can make a lot of experiments and learning with. I don't say that this is the "best" or "cheapest" educational kit that you can buy, but I think that you'll be more than happy with it if you're interested in leaning how to program a microcontroller and let it interact with the real world. Just be aware that you need a computer with a serial (RS232) comm port on it to be able to upload your programs to the kit.

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