Unboxing – SeeedStudio Xadow

SeeedStudio Xadow unboxingFirst impression of Xadow is very good! There a lot of parts :), small – a bit smaller than end of my (man sized) thumb, but all look very well made and ideally suited for wearable items like those the Xinchejian Assistive Devices project is creating.

The SeeedStudio wiki has detailed page on each Xadow device with instructions on how to use, sample code, schematics, eagle files and if required libraries and some pages also have links to data sheet and other related software. Next step is to plug in and use, but that will have to wait until tomorrow 🙁

A big thanks to SeeedStudio for sponsoring the Xinchejian Assistive Devices project with the Xadow! Asked SeeedStudio last Wednesday evening to sponsor, they approved next day, Friday gave them address, shipped Monday 5:45, arrived 10am today, Wednesday.

 

Hello Lophilo

No “Hello World”, no blinking LEDs yet, but the Lophilo LEDs are controllable through the example shell scripts!

Lophilo signed board #2 All LEDs on.
Lophilo signed board #2 All LEDs on.
Lophilo signed board #2 1 LED via shell script and button push.
Lophilo signed board #2 1 LED via shell script and button push.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First impressions

  • more in the box than I expected – already almost complete, extremely professional!
  • WOW – signed board #2!
  • it is a very complex PCB
  • it really is a computer (ahem you have to push the on button, not just plug it in “:oops:”)
  • I can’t wait to get stuck into the FPGA – have several projects in mind
  • I can’t wait to get into the cloud9 environment
  • I can’t wait do heaps more

The new Lophilo board has also been run through most of the test procedure successfully. The tests that have not yet been completed are due to my poor Linux skills!

The training that is included with this version of the Lophilo will help fix that and get me up to speed with the FPGA.