What’s a Gadgeteer?
After the Arduino came out and before the Raspberry Pi, there was a subdued hacking platform created by Microsoft called the Gadgeteer. Yes, Microsoft is, deep down, a hacking kind of company. After all, that is the way it started in the software business. And from the beginning it has always had its hands in some sort of hardware, although better known for its operating system and software.
Even though there are several platforms better known to the hacking and maker communities, the Gadgeteer is rather innovative. Projects with the Gadgeteer consist of a mainboard and modules connected via a standard 10 pin connector. And although the software language is on the Microsoft.NET Micro Framework, it is publicly licensed under the Apache License and the hardware designs are under the Creative Commons License. Hardware modules are available from several vendors. There is also Gadgeteer hardware that will play nicely with your Arduino hardware. So the possibilities are intriguing!
Check out this article: Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of at MakeUseOf.com. I’m glad to see the Gadgeteer get some press. It’s been hiding behind the shed too long!