.NET Gadgeteer Hello BizVise Project – Part 1

Bought a set of .NET Gadgeteer development kit from GHI Electronics last week. Wanted to explore Microsoft open-source toolkit – .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) for rapid prototyping works and hopefully work on some interesting “Internet of Things” projects.

While there are a few .NET Gadgeteer module manufacturers in the market, I decided to go for GHI Electronics and bought their highest-end module named FEZ Raptor from this link – https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/476 The parcel was shipped from the states within 2 working days and took about 4 working days to reach us (at Malaysia).

Thought it might be interesting to blog about my very first “Hello World” project on NETMF. Here’s what I plan to do – to create a hello world app that show “Hello BizVise” on a touch LCD screen with button press counter.

1. Mount spacer (model SN65) to all the modules.

2. Power up the USB Client DP (Dual Power) module using my laptop. Red LED light will turn on if it’s powered correctly.
USB Dual Power Module

3. Power up the FEZ Raptor board by connecting D connector (on FEZ Raptor board) to connecting D connector on the USB Client DP.
TIPS: It took me a while to figure out that .NET Gadgeteer label their connector by alphabet. Connector of the same alphabet can be connected without worry of damaging the hardware! Clever!
WARNING: Please make sure the USB power are not powered while you are trying to connect the D to D connector between USB Client DP and FEZ Raptor board. This safety measures apply to all the works related to hardware connection, all the devices should not be powered on wiring works to protect the hardware.

If both LED of USB Client DP and FEZ Raptor board light up mean everything work out well so far. Will continue my work tomorrow by covering the IDE Visual Studio setup in Part 2. Stay tune. Cheers.

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