Folks – we’re into week 2 of the 6 weeks of Azure program and as I was planning these sessions out with Christian last year, I thought I’d like to bring some fun into the mix.
There’s many possibilities that you can do in Azure, but none other than building a bit of h/w, programming it & having it talk to Azure! Monitored, controlled – how good is that.
Enter the FEZ Kits – www.ghielectronics.com
(There’s also the Raspberry PI’s that run a flavour of Linux with a deployment of Mono – that let’s you run C# code straight onto a $35 computer! – I’ll save that for another post)
These are the ‘mans lego’ kit as I like to think of them as.
What makes these kits cool:
- they run a flavour of .NET – .NET Microframework. So yes you can write C# etc that runs on the device.
- you can get many many additional modules for these to plug into your masterpiece – things like temperature sensors, light sensors, colour sensors etc.
- they run off USB power, even a set of 4 AAA batteries would do it.
- you program them via USB cable from Visual Studio.
- *rich* community and developer support - http://www.ghielectronics.com/support/.net-micro-framework
FYI – my kit I’ve added to over time and I’ve also got a Raspberry PI that I play with (good NFC reader).
My FEZ KIT on the left, with the PI on the right in my beautiful Lego box
Now the best thing is that the FEZ Hydra kit (above) will be available to you (as a prize and the like) on the BOOTCAMPS as part of the 6 weeks of Azure.
Let me know how you get on and if you’ve got any questions about these guys – they’re great and good for developers.
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There will be a FEZ Hydra Kit or two to win… not to mention some t-shirts and mice to giveaway.