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Toolkits ยป TinkerKit

TinkerKit simplifies electronic prototyping throughout a wide variety of sensors and actuators mounted on orange-coloured boards that you can hook up to the Arduino through the Sensor Shield. Each module uses the same 3-pin cables that can’t be plugged the wrong way around. A small signal amplifier helps to stabilize the signals running on the cables, ensuring reliable transmission from the sensors even on long distances (1m-5m).

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Price (sek)3000
Backgroundfrom the makers of Arduino, plug and play addons to Arduino, for school, museums and design consultancies
Ease of useplug and play, works with Arduino platform, hardware easier to user, software not necessarily
Documentationdocumentation provided with the kit, no community contribution (other than Arduino)
Purposesno soldering, quick R&D, educational activities, museums and workshops
Flexibilityintermediate. many modules, but form factor can be limiting
Input vs Outputmany simple sensors/input modules, LED and motors, no custom option available directly, limited to kit
Hardware vs Softwaresimplified hardware, little support on software side beyond Arduino
Strengthsaugment Arduino with plug and play modules
Weaknessesvery expensive, form factor of modules, software is still challenging (Arduino standard) for beginner