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In the MakerShed: Netduino


The Netduino from the MakerShed is an open source electronics platform using the .NET Micro Framework. The board features a 32-bit microcontroller and a rich development environment, making it a perfect solution for engineers and hobbyists alike. The Netduino is pin compatible with  ‘duino shields including the MakerShield, making it very expandable and user friendly.

20 thoughts on “In the MakerShed: Netduino

  1. Are you guys contractually obligated to plug this thing every month? It seems like you spam it on the blog more often than any other single item in the store.

    1. The Netduino’s (and NetDuino +’s) are hard to keep in
      stock, so we typically post about it when they are
      available. Sorry if it seems to be a lot. We don’t want to be ‘spammy’.

    2. Sure they are.  And a few other products as well.  (and there’s some joint operating agreement with boingboing, which i’m sure could be made plain by someone smarter than me)  These guys don’t provide this website/forum just for giggles, but so far, i’d say, they’ve not jumped the shark to become ad-ville at the cost of being informative.  Collin and Jeri and Bill Hammack vids help a lot in that regard (hint.. hint…)

      If they want to really appear as favoring hobbyists over filthy-lucre, they would provide a metric (cutesy meter graphic) on the degree of “openness” a device affords.  Alas, in the case of Netduino this would be a sad little meter indeed.  ah well.

      1. There’s not an operating agreement between Make and Boing Boing. I am editor-in-chief of MAKE and an editor at Boing Boing. David Pescovitz is editor-at-large of MAKE and an editor at Boing Boing. Boing Boing is a media sponsor at MAKE. If I can think of any other connections, I’ll let you know.editor-at-large of MAKE and an editor at Boing Boing. Boing Boing is a media sponsor at MAKE. If I can think of any other connections, I’ll let you know.

        1. Thank you Sir! that makes the connection understandable to us plebs. (see folks? i knew someone smarter than me could explain it handily)

          (next up: Cory Doctorow’s connection with Disney™ corp.  (personally i think he bought Disney’s frozen head on ebay and it’s psychically possessing him))

  2. Sorry, new to all this, I would appreciate a bit of boring beginner basics thrown in for good measure. Yes, I can look up all the unfamiliar abbreviations, but what can you DO with this thing? Can you make it take the pulse count of a Geiger counter, convert it to microsievert per hour and paste it as a graph on the web, refreshing once a minute?

  3. Sorry, new to all this, I would appreciate a bit of boring beginner basics thrown in for good measure. Yes, I can look up all the unfamiliar abbreviations, but what can you DO with this thing? Can you make it take the pulse count of a Geiger counter, convert it to microsievert per hour and paste it as a graph on the web, refreshing once a minute?

    1. I’m sure it could do that.

      (with the minor geekish point that a sievert is an dosage metric and a Geiger counter produces emissions data.  so conversion to becquerels would be more straightforward)

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