Totem MicroLab – fully Arduino compatible
This time we wanted to show that you can tidy up your smaller construction. In the heart of it is an Arduino version from Totem – the TotemDuino.
It’s just like an Arduino, compatible with it’s software and development environment, only improved in some areas. It has stronger power supplies amongst other things.
In the MiniLab it also provides protected IO pins from the microprocessor.
We thought we could make a smaller version of the MiniLab, and call it Totem MicroLab.
Totem Mechanics – perfect for electronics projects
The instructions that follows the MicroLab is specific for building the MicroLab, but there is not any reason for you to limit yourself to this design. You can use the same basic design to expand your electronics lab in different ways.
If you already have Totem parts, like a Totem Maker Kit, you can use the instructions for building you find here.
Below you can see a version of the MicroLab stand with a 100x100m perforated board instead of TotemDuino and Breadboard. We have mounted a DC motor controller and motor on the board. Also some potentiometers and a servo motor. This can be used in training for motor-controlling by the Arduino.
You can make variants that suit your need – wider or narrower.
You will see that arranging your electronics this way, the risk of short circuits or damage is less. It’s easier and more fun to experiment and learn. You can put away the arrangement to your shelves without risking pulling wires out of breadboards.
Below is another example of making your electronics more tidy and sturdy. This is a LCD touch display mounted below the TotemDuino, instead of a breadboard.
No More Messy Electronics
Why not going further? The illustration below shows how that making a much wider stand is easy. In some cases it’s much better to have a permanent setup for electronics learning and experimentation. This stand is 30cm wide, having room for many modules and components.
The other example shows how you can populate the stand with a variety of modules, making your learning or prototyping more pleasant and ergonomic.
So plan your projects to more organized!
Or if you are a teacher or instructor of coding and embedded electronics, make your class-sets much more tidy and sturdy. The students will need much less time to start with a lesson when the setup is already assembled on a Totem stand.