This pictures show the PCB. As you can see there are pins labeled as RX,TX,GND,3.3V. I simply connected an USB-Serial converter to the pins. The two other pins are GND and GPIO0. If you set a jumper between this two pins, the controller starts in bootloader mode.
The chip above is a NXP HC245, a 3-state Octal bus transceiver. It is used to drive the N-channel MOSFETS (20N06L – 20 A, 60 V, N−Channel DPAK).
The power supply is a 2 stage design. A AOZ1212 3A Simple Buck Regulator to convert the input voltage to about 5V and an AMS1117 low dropout voltage regulator to get 3.3V.
VertiGo is a novel robot designed with one main goal: the ability to drive on floors and walls, even if the walls aren’t perfectly flat. To accomplish this, it uses tiltable propellers for propulsion rather than motorized wheels. The propeller tilting is controlled by two Pololu Jrk 21v3 USB motor controllers with feedback. Students at ETH Zurich made this robot in collaboration with Disney Research Zürich.
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In the meantime, we’ve released the online experiment guide so you can get an idea of what to expect, and get a head start on some of the concepts.
You can also watch our exclusive two-part Google Hangout series with Intel, hosted by Rex St. John and resident SparkFun Edison expert Shawn Hymel. The first episode, which covered what the Edison is, some project ideas, and an overview of the Blocks can be found here, and the second episode, which focuses on transforming prototypes into products, can be found here.
Hopefully these resources will keep you busy and scratch your Edison itch for a few weeks while we’re feverishly assembling the brand new SIK!
Jesus Echavarria wrote a how-to on adding a USB power port to a switch:
I want to start some projects with Arduino and IoT, so the first things I need is an Arduino board, an Ethernet shield and a switch to connect it to the net. Also I need a power supply for the Arduino board, and I think that, better than a external USB AC wall adaptor or power supply, is modify the switch to add it a USB power port that can power the Arduino board. I’ve got at home a TP-Link TL-SF1008D, a simple 8 port 10/100 Mbps switch. So, let’s go to open it and add it the USB port!