Many educators, particularly these utilizing CTC GO!, have reached out to us for an answer that can make the board suitable with Chromebooks.
So we’re happy to announce that from right this moment, educators and college students who’re utilizing CTC GO! can now program the UNO Wifi Rev2, that comes with the equipment, with their Chromebooks.
What makes Chromebooks completely different?
Not like different private computer systems, such because the Home windows, Mac, and Linux working techniques, programming an Arduino board in Chrome OS is barely completely different. Chrome OS makes use of the Chrome browser as the first consumer interface the place customers can entry their internet based mostly functions downloaded straight from the Chrome retailer.
This lean consumer expertise makes the group of instruments, entry to data, and communication between educators and college students less complicated, as in comparison with different private computer systems.
This ease of accessibility of instruments by means of internet apps, nonetheless, brings in some limitations, particularly when connecting exterior units. One of many limitations is that customers aren’t in a position obtain the Offline IDE to program their boards. Subsequently, accessing and programming the Arduino on a Chromebook can solely be executed by means of utilizing the on-line Internet Editor.
The second limitation of utilizing internet apps is their restricted entry to exterior units. Most computer systems acknowledge an Arduino gadget when linked to the pc as an exterior gadget.
The communication between the online apps working in most private computer systems in addition to the Chrome OS use ‘brokers’ as a center man to deal with communication with exterior units over USB. For instance, if you use the Create Internet Editor, additionally, you will need to obtain the Create plugin to entry your board. In an analogous method, Arduino Create Chrome acts as an agent that communicates between the Chrome browser on Chromebooks and your Arduino board.
How come the UNO WiFi Rev2 board is barely suitable now?
To this point, we have now supplied assist for a bunch of boards on Chromebooks based mostly on their utility and use case calls for. Because the UNO WiFi Rev2 board makes use of a distinct bootloader, we needed to discover a technique to port the identical bootloader as used within the traditional Arduino UNO into the board.
This bootloader makes the UNO WiFi Rev2 board accessible by the stand serial port. This manner, it’s accessible – similar to each different board – by means of the serial port.
What it’s good to do
You simply want a Macbook or a Home windows machine (we have now a Linux replace popping out quickly), and add a brand new firmware that can make the board detectable by your Chromebook.
Upon getting uploaded the brand new firmware, you’ll be able to unplug the board and join it to your Chromebook, obtain the Arduino Create for Training agent in your Chromebook browser – and also you’re able to go. It’s that straightforward! You may also discover extra detailed directions on this tutorial.
Chromebooks are extensively used right this moment due their excessive accessibility issue, making them a viable possibility for educators to undertake as private computer systems for schooling – particularly when schooling is completed remotely.
In an analogous method, we’re working in direction of offering extra assist for our academic kits by making them extra accessible on completely different platforms and academic techniques.