June 25, 2011
I started with an Arduinno because I read about it in Make Magazine (so very recently). I am considering trying Picaxe, because it seems as though the programming will be easier and I do not have a strong programming background (read: Basic in 1984).
Two quick questions:
- In Solarbotics I note a Picaxe 28X1 IC and a Picaxe 28X2 IC Low Voltage. How much difference is there between the two? I note that the normal voltage Picaxe 28X2 IC has been discontinued. (All of this makes me think of a separate question regarding voltage and motors, but I'll hold that for now.) Is there a reason I would get one as opposed to the other>
- If I get one of the Picaxe 28s and a project board and a USB Picaxe programming cable, will I have what I need to get started?
I note that the project board has a 9 volt battery snap, but that 9 volts will fry the picaxe. Is that just preverse? Or do they sell more Picaxes that way?
Also, I occasionally hear about BasicStamp ) I think it is. I have gathered from this site that Picaxe can manage a robot pretty well and has programming that can be grasped by a beginner. Should I be considering BasicStamp as well?
Thanks for any input, opinions and advice!