GuitarBT01In August, 2015 I was offered the chance to beta test a new SoC board. Its name was Guitar and it was being produced by LeMaker, a team of hardware developers from Shenzen.

 

This was the first time that I was able to get my hands in a brand new product that hasn’t been mass-produced in order to test its capabilities and provide feedback to the development team. It was an amazing opportunity and I was able to learn a lot from it. Up to that moment, most of the Raspberry Pi clones that I had used proved to be a complete disappointment. However, the Guitar wasn’t any of those things.

 

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I received my first 3D printed at the end of August, 2015. It was a blue M3D, a small but affordable machine that showed a lot of promise. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had.

Although it’s advertised as “easy to use”, “newbie friendly” and “ready to print”, in reality there is a lot of work to be done before you can get a 3D print of acceptable quality.

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When DFRobot announced a KickStarter campaign for their first educational robot, I got really impressed. After all, I had used their parts for my robot projects as a student, and now that I’m a teacher, the idea of a robot focused on introducing kids to programming really caught my attention.

I’m glad that the DFRobot team was able to process my pledge via PayPal and I was able to get one on the first pre-order “wave”. That way, I was able to get it before Christmas!

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After a long time, I have finally decided to set up my own website! For now, it will be a blog where I will keep track of my projects; but sometimes it might feature some drawings, videos and random thoughts.

I hope that this will be the start of a great journey!