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GrovePi or arduino

Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:58 pm

Hi,

Wanting to to try some home automation with movement and temperature sensors and not sure which one to go for. GrovePi or arduino?

Also wanting something that is USB as my Pi is already in a case. Searching around, the GrovePi seems to have a good selection of sensors but hard to find any suppliers in the UK.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

thanks
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Re: GrovePi or arduino

Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:58 pm

Depends on what you're looking for. But the GrovePi is about the easiest way to hook up temperature sensors and motion sensors. You won't have to worry about wiring or the electronics side, the sensors just plug in.

There are examples in Python that walk you through how to use the sensors here that should make it pretty easy to get your project running: https://github.com/DexterInd/GrovePi

Note: we designed and manufacture the GrovePi . . .
Note 2: we ship to the UK from our website http://www.dexterindustries.com/GrovePi
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Re: GrovePi or arduino

Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:18 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for the info. Just a few follow ups.

1) The GrovePi plugs into the Pi so any existing case for the pi has to be discarded?
2) Watched a video on wyliodrin for the Pi and GrovePi. They added a piece of paper between the two and said its to stop any short outs. Is this correct?
3) What's the shipping costs and times to the UK?

Thanks

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Re: GrovePi or arduino

Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:51 pm

No problem!
1). You should try with any case you're using. Some of the new slim cases leave enough room that the GrovePi might fit over it.
2). I saw that. With some of our first model board designs, it might be a good idea to add some electrical tape to prevent shorting. Or anything that's non-conductive. We didn't see this at first but we've redesigned our latest to not make that shorting.
3). We have a bunch of options for shipping that are automatically calculated on our website . . . USPS/UPS/Fedex . . whatever works best for you!
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Re: GrovePi or arduino

Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:55 pm

Thanks. Guess you have no resellers here in the UK just yet?

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Re: GrovePi or arduino

Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:25 pm

For the grovepi? Not yet!
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