Hackaday.com recently ran an article called “Arduino vs. Phidgets – Dev Time Trials” which brought to attention a blog post by Ken (?) called “Hardware Protoyping Speed Test: Phidgets vs Arduino” which I thought was a rather fair set of tests for comparing development speed and costs for three simple projects. My objective is to run these same tests using the Gadgeteer rapid prototyping system and report my results. Of course, like any article of this sort there are always going to be some lively comments from the readers regarding the validity and bias of tests. I fully expect that this article will generate plenty of its own.
“Never pass up a teachable moment.” As a Boy Scout leader of many years, this has become one of my many mottos. Any time you have the opportunity to grab a child’s attention and focus that attention on something more educational than the latest video game then grab it and have fun. My son’s 6th birthday party recently became one of those moments.