Snekboard

by Keith Packard

An open-hardware Python microcontroller for LEGO®

Jun 12, 2020

Shipping Soon!

I delivered a huge box of Snekboards, cable sets, and sensor kits to Crowd Supply on Monday. Their fulfillment partner should be ready to start shipping them to all of y'all in another week or two, so your stuff ought to arrive by the end of June. This update also includes links to the new Snekboard Manual, which will help you get up and running when that happens. Read the full update.


May 26, 2020

Boards Built

I've finished flashing, testing, and stuffing 150 Snekboards. Enclosures and sensors are here, as well. Come take a peek! Read the full update.


May 14, 2020

First Batch

Snekboards have arrived! Yesterday, I received a box full of circuit boards with lovely surface mounted parts. I finished assembling a few of them. Keep reading to see what they look like! Read the full update.


Mar 23, 2020

Circuit Boards Ordered

We have ordered the Snekboard circuit boards and expect to receive them in about seven weeks. That's a little later than we'd hoped, but schedules have gotten longer over the past month. As soon as we have a firm date for the arrival of our remaining parts, we'll let everyone know when to expect things to start shipping out! Read the full update.


Feb 25, 2020

Now Running CircuitPython!

With the addition of some external flash storage, the latest Snekboard prototype now runs CircuitPython. Runs it right into the wall, sure, but that's by design. Read the full update.


Feb 20, 2020

We'll Be at Bricks Cascade, Portland's LEGO Expo

Snekboard is coming to Bricks Cascade! February 29th and March 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Read the full update.


Feb 18, 2020

PID Controller for the Line Bug

W00t! Snekboard is 150% funded! Thanks again to all of our supporters; you made this possible. We've been busy getting ready to start manufacturing boards, cables, and sensors, but we also found some time to develop a PID controller for the Line Bug we introduced a couple weeks back. We learned a lot in the process, and this update walks you through it. Read the full update.


Feb 05, 2020

Sensor Kit Added

We are happy to announce the addition of a Snekboard Sensor Kit that includes two reflectance sensors and two distance sensors, all with cables attached. This kit includes everything you need to following along with the existing Snekboard tutorials. Read the full update.


Feb 05, 2020

Snek lessons, part one

First off, I'd like to thank all of our supporters for helping this campaign reach 100% of its funding goal. It looks like we're going to be building some hardware! This update introduces two tutorials: one that will get you started with Snekboard and another that walks you through the process of building a LEGO robot. Read the full update.


Jan 29, 2020

Powering LEGO motors from a single Lithium Polymer cell

Now that our campaign is off and running, let's dig into how Snekboard runs its electronics at 3.3V while the LEGO motors receive 9V. Read the full update.


Jan 15, 2020

Crowdfunding Begins!

We are excited to announce that Snekboard – our open hardware Python microcontroler for LEGO – is now available on Crowd Supply. We've been using it in our programming and robotics classes for some time now, and we're very much looking forward to seeing what you can do with it! Read the full update.


$7,942 raised

of $4,000 goal

198% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices

$82

Snekboard

One Snekboard and one 3.7 V, 900 mAh LiPo battery


$20

Snekboard Cable Set

Four motor cables and four GPIO cables (pins to bare wires)


$40

Snekboard Sensor Kit

Two QTR-MD-01A reflectance sensors and two GP2Y0A41SK0F distance sensors. All four sensors are Snekboard-ready with cables pre-soldered. Provides everything you need to follow along with existing Snekboard tutorials.

Credits

Keith Packard

Free Software / Free Hardware developer doing robotics instruction, amateur rocketry and RISC-V processor design.


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