The openness of the Arduino platform is a major factor in its success. For dozen beginners' projects which simply wire a handful of components up to an Arduino Uno, there'll be someone who builds a board into the heart of something entirely new - or even builds an entirely novel Arduino-compatible, like Arachnid Labs' Tsunami. While the Tsunami fills a niche, the Evive is something different: an all-in-one experimentation and development platform, powered by an unmodified Arduino Mega microcontroller, designed to offer as much functionality as possible in the smallest form factor.
Designed by student start-up company Agilo Technologies from Kanpur, India, the Evive is an impressive device. Its plastic chassis houses the Evive board itself, onto which an Arduino Mega docks, and provides a cut-out section with easily-accessible pin headers and a miniature breadboard for on-board prototyping. The Evive is designed to be more than a breakout board, though: it also includes an integrated 1.8" TFT display and a battery good for around four and a half hours of runtime per charge.
The Evive also improves on the stock inputs and outputs of an Arduino Mega, adding in numerous exctras: a two-channel miniature oscilloscope, a real-time clock module, micro-SD card reader, 12-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC), 24-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), piezoelectric buzzer, and plug-and-play expansion ports for additional hardware. Adapters are also provided for wireless communications, from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to Xbee - and all in a package measuring just 115mm x 140mm and 32mm in thickness.
With its integrated oscilloscope and a smart on-board menu system, controlled using buttons, switches, and knobs on the face of the board, the Evive shows considerable promise as a prototyping and experimentation platform - and the Arduino compatibility provided by the on-board Mega is a definite bonus. The project is due to launch on crowd-funding site Indiegogo later this week, with more information available on the Evive blog.
Evive is an open-source embedded platform for all age groups to help them learn, build, debug their robotics, embedded and other projects. With an Arduino Mega at its heart, Evive offers a unique menu-based visual interface which removes the need to re-program the Arduino repeatedly. Evive offers the world of IoT, with power supplies, sensory and actuator support in one small portable unit.