Curious makers are exploring the world of electronics, programming and constructing by their own. They really need tools for that.
Our team have seen that in many ways these people are facing problems when they need to test or experiment with their projects. It is very important to have a neat workplace. Tidy workplace saves time, and increases your skills proficiency. Messy workspace is a real headache.
Last year we have introduced our first mini lab workbench which deals with these problems and helps builders to keep up with clean workspace.
Also mini lab has features which are necessary for inquisitive experimenter. Features like :
- measuring voltages – power consumption;
- measuring signal frequencies;
- counting pulses;
- generating pulses;
- generating voltages.
But we didn’t stop. We are working on new mini lab – raspberry lab. It will inherit all features of our first mini lab, but also we will add new more advanced features.
This time pilab will be controlled over full fledged GUI software. It will work as Raspberry Pi add-on, which has own firmware and communicates with Raspberry Pi over SPI line.
GUI is done to be comfortable for 7 inch raspberry LCD and also external monitor. Developing is in progress but let me introduce pilab features.
It will show main parameters, measurements.
This window displays all power parameters – voltages, amperages, power consumption.
Also it has graphs:
Power parameters now will be visualized too.
VREG controls with virtual keyboard:
After pressing 2 times on edit box virtual keyboard will pop up. So you can use raspberry with LCD easily, there is no need of physical keyboard for raspberry.
DAC generator window:
and advanced DAC generator tab:
We are working on creating user friendly GUI, so it is in progress.
It has virtual keyboard, and slider to hide all not unnecessary widgets.
Main features of new pilab are mainly introduced. Just forgot to mention, that pilab also will have pinout compatibility with arduino.
There is plenty work to do with pilab. We are going to release it with stable basic functions. As pilab is flexible for software, firmware updates it will have updates over the time.
Therefore pilab users will be able to offer suggestions about improvements, features.
Our team hopes that this device will boost Arduino, Raspberry Pi users experience, proficiency in experimental, DIY, learning, programming, prototyping fields.