April 18, 2013

Using a Freetronics LeoStick on the XO Laptop

Over the last few years efforts have been made to distribute a very low-cost computer to those in more economically-challenged countries - and over time the XO Laptop has been distributed in the thousands around the world. However the learning doesn't stop with just the computer, as Tony Forster has demonstrated how to setup the XO in order to use the Arduino IDE and thus with our LeoStick. You can use either the Arduino IDE or load the firmata sketch on the LeoStick and then use the drag-and-drop TurtleArt software on the XO. Either way it's an inexpensive method of introducing hardware and electronics to the end users of the XO laptops. 

Kudos to Tony for his interesting article. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

So what is a LeoStick? It's the Arduino Leonardo-compatible board that's cheaper and smaller than the original:

 Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. Plus you can add extra circuitry with the matching protostick! For more information and to order, click here.

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