New in the Maker Shed: Netduino Go Starter Kit

New in the Maker Shed: Netduino Go Starter Kit

You wanted a Netduino with more speed, flash, and RAM. You wanted a Netduino with more GPIOs, more serial ports, more analog inputs and more PWMs. You wanted an easy to use, plug and play board with no soldering required. You wanted it and now it’s here; The Netduino Go Starter Kit. Available now in the Maker Shed.

The Netduino Go is an open source, plug and play Netduino with 4 times the speed (168MHz), 6 times the code space (384KB) and twice the RAM (100KB+) of the Netduino Plus. The peripherals are virtualized and contain a microchip that works with the mainboard. All you have to do is pick what you need, plug it in, and it’s ready to go.

The Netduino Go Starter Kit is designed to get you up an running quickly. It includes the Netduino Go mainboard, one button module, shield base (beta) module, potentiometer module, RGB LED module, two 5cm Go cables, two 10cm Go Cables, and a 3 foot micro USB cable. It’s like freedom in the form of electrons!

8 thoughts on “New in the Maker Shed: Netduino Go Starter Kit

  1. miroslava von schlochbaum says:

    The Netduino Go is an open source, plug and play…

    you guys as representatives of the Maker community really need to try to get this right. We all get that you have to pay to keep the lights on, but all you need to do is either add “hardware” right after Netduino’s dubious insistence that it is ‘open source’ or even “C#”, and then most (but not all) folks will understand the gotcha. The distinctions are subtle, and i’m sure one of you will reply to this with a “provide proof data photos of how Netduino isn’t ‘open source’!” but we’ve been through this countless times, Netduino is not fully open source in the software sense; to gain its full functionality you really need a Microsoft license; and (dammit) here is nothing wrong with that – if you don’t try to conceal it with what amount to false claims of omission.

    1. Chris Walker says:

      Hi miroslava von schlochbaum,

      Here are all the licenses for Netduino:
      Netduino hardware – Creative Commons (CC-BY)
      Netduino source and firmware – Apache 2.0
      lwIP networking stack – BSD

      Most Netduino users use the free (but not open source) Visual Studio Express tools from Microsoft. But some use their favorite code editor and the open source Mono compiler instead.

      If you’d like to contribute to the template work for MonoDevelop, you can be involved in the effort to create a tightly-integrated code editor + compiler toolchain. There has been a ton of efffort done by the Mono team and their contributors to make open source development possible for Netduino, and I’m excited for future work in this area.

      For development, you have two options:
      Microsoft Visual Studio Express + Microsoft C# Compiler = free license
      Any code editor + Mono C# Compiler = fully open source licenses

      I am not aware of any feature on Netduino that you can’t use with a fully open source toolchain.

      Thank you for your passion about open source hardware, software, and protocols.

      Secret Labs LLC

  2. Fabien Royer says:

    To complement your Netduino Go Start Kit, we offer a Touch Display module, a relay module and a power supply. Of course, all of it is OSS / OSHW :)

  3. Matt Isenhower says:

    We also have a few modules in development for the Netduino Go. Right now we’re accepting pre-orders for our four-digit seven segment display module, which will be OSHW as well :)

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