Evive – Best Arduino prototype tool kit for beginners

EVIVE STARTER KIT

Hey guys welcome back to the another review tutorial and I have got something cool for you today. I have been playing with this toolkit for about a week now and I must say I am impressed. So now lets get on with the unboxing of “Evive – Best Arduino prototype tool kit for beginners”.

The kit is called EVIVE starter kit which is app enabled, supports graphical programming, Iot ENABLED and most important of all is Compatible with arduino. EVIVE is the product of STEMPEDIA.

 

Evive Starter Kit
Evive Starter Kit

 

**Watch this video for detailed Review:

On opening the box, first thing you get is this welcome page having an enrollment key which you have to enter on their website to unlock a heck lot of tutorials and stuff.

 

Welcome Page
Welcome Page

 

Next we have a 88 page guide to this kit called Young maker’s guide. There are total 14 tutorials for you to go through in this book .

Young Maker's Guide
Young Maker’s Guide

 

Evive Pinout diagram about which I will talk later.

Evive Pinout Diagram
Evive Pinout Diagram

 

ELECTRONICS COMPONENTS IN EVIVE STARTER KIT

The kit consists of electrical as well as some mechanical components including evive the electronic prototyping tool which is arduino based. So Now lets take a look at all the electronic components you get with this kit:

Electronic Components In Evive Starter Kit
Electronic Components In Evive Starter Kit

 

1. Joystick

2. Bluetooth Module

3. HCSR04 Ultrasonic sensor

4. IR Sensor X 2

5. LED Strip

6. LDR

7. Servo Motors X 2

8. DC Geared Motors X 2

9. Pushbuttons 

10. Alligator Clips

11. Capacitors

12. LEDs

13. Resistors

14. 3.7V Lithium Ion Battery

15. USB Cable for Arduino

16. Jumper Wires

17. Connectors X 2

 

MECHANICAL COMPONENTS IN EVIVE STARTER KIT

And All the Mechanical Components you receive with this kit are shown below:

Mechanical Components in Evive Starter Kit
Mechanical Components in Evive Starter Kit

 

Evive – Best Arduino prototype tool kit for Beginners:

Lets talk about evive now.

EVIVE
EVIVE

To understand what is evive in one go look at this vid:

 

And that’s it. Its like you have assembled all the major components in one box which you can use to make any electronic project without worrying about connections and all that stuff. So my point of view is that with evive you can just focus on logic and creativity.

With Arduino Mega at its heart, Evive is compatible with Softwares like Matlab, Labview, Scratch and many more. And since evive is arduino based it is a great prototyping tool for beginners.

Arduino Mega installed on EVIVE
Arduino Mega installed on EVIVE

To power evive, you can either use its 3.7v Li-ion battery giving it portability or connect a 12 v adapter to it.
So to connect battery for the first time you have to open the back cover of evive. Connect +VE AND -ve terminal of the battery as shown. Place it over double tape. Then close the lid and thats it.

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After switching on the device, display of EVIVE comes to life. You have whole lot of functions here like minioscilloscope, serial monitor, beta function generator etc.

 

Lets see each one of them one by one:

1Control

Control Section on EVIVE
Control Section on EVIVE

So under control section you have the option to control dc, servo and stepper motor.You can control upto 2 motors. Lets try to control a dc motor. At the bottom of the evive you can find dc motor o/p pins, Servo motor o/p pins and Motor driver o/p pins.

 

Motor Output Pins on EVIVE
Motor Output Pins on EVIVE

 

After connecting a dc motor to M1 port select Motor 1 from the option and now you can control speed using this pot. and direction of the motor using the switch.

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2. Sensing

Under sensing menu there are two channels. Using channel 1, you can measure the dc voltage upto 30 v and using channel 2 current upto 5A or voltage upto 5 volts .

 

Sensing on EVIVE
Sensing on EVIVE

 

Channel 1 is probE v and channel 2 is probe I/V which you can find at the bottom right corner of the device.

Two channels on EVIVE
Two channels on EVIVE

 

To measure higher voltages upto 30Volts, connect the terminals to channel 1 or  between probe V and COM.

Measuring Battery Voltage
Measuring Battery Voltage

 

3. Evive’s Oscilloscope

In a similar fashion you can use the mini oscilloscope to plot the voltage/current or any other waveform graph. You have the options to change v/division and time/division.

EVIVE's Oscilloscope
EVIVE’s Oscilloscope

 

Here I am using a separate arduino to generate PWM signal and evive to plot the corresponding PWM wave graph by connecting the pwm pin to Probe I/V and Gnd pin to COM.

PWM Waveform graph on EVIVE
PWM Waveform graph on EVIVE

 

4. Serial Communication

Evive has the ability to establish the serial communication with upto 3 devices with different Baud rate as it has three serial ports available.

Serial Communication on EVIVE
Serial Communication on EVIVE

 

5. Digital/Analog Pin states

Digital/Analog Pin states
Digital/Analog Pin states

 

Now One of the cool functions which you will definately love is that you can monitor the state of each of the pins of arduino mega installed on evive. In figure given below, you can not only see the state of all 43 digital pins as well as all 15 analog pins.

 

Digital and Analog Pin states of Arduino Mega
Digital and Analog Pin states of Arduino Mega

 

6. Beta Function Generator

Using Beta function generator you can generate sine, square, triangular and sawtooth waves with different frequency and amplitude.

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7. Touch Inputs

Evive has 12 touch inputs which can be used to get touch sensitive surfaces.

12 Touch Inputs on EVIVE
12 Touch Inputs on EVIVE

 

8. User Defined Functions

Under user defined functions you can store your own arduino programs and can swith to a different program by selecting it.

User Defined Functions on EVIVE
User Defined Functions on EVIVE

 

So this was the Unboxing and Review of Evive – Best Arduino prototype tool kit for beginners“.

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