Perhaps this post will be of use to other first-time Freakduino users, perhaps it’s a nice laugh for you experts out there 🙂
A few posts ago, I bought two Freakduino boards and some other stuff. It took me a while to get it all up and running, but here we are. What do you need to do when you start using Freakduino, using Mac?
- Unpack the box with the nice Japanese stamps and stickers
- Find a USB-cable type mini-to-normal
- Plug the board into the computer USB
- A blue LED lights up: congratulations, the power connection works!
- Download the Arduino environment
- If you are using a Macbook, you need to update your USB drivers, or the right serial port will not show up.
- Open the Arduino environment. Contrary to the data sheet on the Freaklabs site, you need to select Tools> Board> Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega 328
- Under Tools> Serial Port, select the USB port that you are using. Hint: it is one that only appears when the board is plugged in. Try a few until loading the sketch works (see next step)
- Open File> Examples> 1.Basics> Blink
- Click Upload at the top of the screen. If this works, it means everything is connected correctly
- Download the Freakduino Chibi library from Github
- Find the folder named ‘Arduino’ that was created when installing the program
- Make a new folder inside it and call it ‘libraries’
- Drag the file that you downloaded from Github to this new folder
- Rename the Chibi library into ‘Chibi’ or else Arduino can’t read it
- Try a wireless communication example like File> Examples> Chibi> ‘hello world 1’
- Yay, you have wireless communication!
Bear in mind that almost every step here took me a few hits and misses, this is actually a condensed list 🙂 Do you have suggestions for making this list shorter? Be my guest!