Photo from Arduino Lesson 9. Sensing Light

at the Adafruit website.

There are two key parts to the HyperDuino photo.

The first is that you don't need a breadboard and extra resistors to set up the LEDs and touch sensors. (The "breadboard" on the right is the plastic board with lots of holes in it, so named because early electronics experimenters used an actual wooden kitchen bread-cutting board to build projects with thumbtacks, wires and their components)

The second idea is even more important: when looking at any other Arduino tutorial kit or device, think of the question, "How do I actually get the sensors and lights into my project?"

Look at the photo above on the right with the breadboard, and think about what you would do next to actually put those LEDs and sensors into a real project.  It's not straight-forward or even particularly easy.  And in a classroom setting with lots of students and projects going on at the same moment it can be overwhelming.

The system shown on the left with the HyperDuino is the answer: the easy-connect cables of the HyperDuino and simple sockets for each of the LEDs and sensors provide easy placement directly in your project.

With the HyperDuino, project building and further experimentation is fun and efficient!

With the HyperDuino, you only need this:

Instead of this

Photo of the HyperDuino and

easy-connect rainbow connector with LEDs

The HyperDuino System

The HyperDuino system is actually 3 distinct parts, and they can even be used separately from one another.

The physical part of the system is the HyperDuino "piggy-back board" (also called a "shield") for the Arduino, or any Arduino Uno compatible board (including adapters for the Raspberry Pi and BBC Micro:Bit). The HyperDuino shield is now in its 2nd generation version with many improvements, including 12 true touch sensors and other features. If you're interested in the technical details of the HyperDuino hardware and software, click here for information and features.

On the Arduino micro-controller is firmware, called "HyperFirmata", which is a variant of "Standard Firmata" that recognizes the 12 touch sensors of the HyperDuino board.

The HyperDuino Controller app is the 3rd part, and interconnects digital media on a Chromebook, or any other device running the Chrome browser, with a physical project.