Written by Brian Gomberg:
As my senior project, I’ve been working on the Aithon board, which is intended to replace the existing Xiphos board which the club uses and sells as part of BotShop and throughout the year. There are countless things which set this board far above the Xiphos board, including a 32-bit ARM processor running at 168MHz (vs 8-bit 16MHz ATMEGA on Xiphos), an easier to use set of software libraries, and many added features: on-board buzzer, 3-axis gyro/accelerometer, power switch, etc.
In order to raise money for an initial batch of these boards, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where backers can pledge money to projects they like and get some reward for doing so, depending how much they pledge. In this case, you can essentially pre-order the board by pledging to the Kickstarter at a reward level which includes an Aithon board.
Visit our Kickstarter page for more information on the board and to pre-order your own: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/590504545/aithon-32-bit-arm-microcontroller-board
As a special incentive for Robotics Club members, if you pre-order a board by pledging to our Kickstarter (at any level that rewards a board), your club membership (usually $30) for next year will be covered. Club membership includes free pizza at all club meetings, a T-shirt, discounts on parts in the club store, and more. If you’d like an Aithon board, supporting us on Kickstarter is the best way to get one, especially if you’ll be a club member next year!
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Brian Gomberg and Connor Citron