Plasduino is a data acquisition framework for the physics lab. It builds on top of an old, no longer maintained project for data acquisition through the parallel port (plas) and is based on the arduino board (hence the name plasduino).
Plasduino is an open hardware/software project. The codebase is released under the GPL licence along with the shield schematics. The main goal is to provide all the necessary tools to assemble a flexible, easy-to-use, general-purpose data acquisition system, suitable for physics didactic experiments, for under 50$.
The plasduino code is hosted on bitbucket. Among other things, you want to use bitbucket to browse the source code or download plasduino in your favourite flavour. In addition to that, we use the issue tracker provided by bitbucket for bug reports and feature request; using the issue tracker is by far the most effective way to complaint or suggest improvements!
What's new (and what are we up to)?
- November 6 2013: plasduino was awarded a special mention at the 99-th meeting of the Italian Physics Society as one of the best talks in the section devoted to didactics and the history of Physics (slides). We are writing the corresponding paper for the Il Nuovo Cimento C.
- November 5 2013: we assembled the first lab1 v2 shield (and it worked right away).
- October 22 2013: we tagged the first stable version (1.x series) of plasduino.
And, in addition to that, we are working on a fully fledged weather station in collaboration with a local high school and we are porting plasduino to udoo.