Yesterday I was presented with a pretty little Gecko board, from 4tronix:
This is a codeable, wearable computer which is fully compatible with the Arduino Uno programming environment; so, naturally, the first thing I wanted to find out was how easy it is to use.
As soon as you plug the Gecko into a PC using a micro USB cable, it starts to run a program that displays a number of demonstration sequences on the 12 LEDs.
In order to actually program the Gecko, I needed to install the Arduino IDE; for which I found the instructions at the 4tronix web site:
The first problem I came up against, however, was that the USB-Serial drivers for Windows 7, which I needed to upload my programs to the Gecko, were not installed. The 4tronix website told me that the drivers I needed were for the CH340G chip, and my good friend Google told me that I could download these drivers at the following link:
I also found a short YouTube video showing the installation process:
Having downloaded and installed the necessary drivers, it was simply a matter of selecting the correct board type in the Arduino IDE (in this case the Arduino Uno, as shown below), and selecting the proper port (in our case, COM4:), and I could successfully upload programs to the Gecko.