Arduino MEGA2560-Development-Board is a microcontroller board that is often used in South Africa when you need lots of I/O pins and is based on the Arduino Mega 2650 chip.
The Arduino Mega 2560 is a powerful board with 256KB flash memory, 54 digital I/O pins and 15 PWM channels – Ideal for large and complex Arduino projects.
The sheer power of the Arduino Mega 2560 allows makers to truly step up their game in terms of the size and scope of projects, as having one of these boards can be likened to having two to four other boards working together. This makes it ideal for larger projects where numerous input and output pins, large memory reserves and an efficient cache of RAM is required. And rather than complicating your circuits with multiple boards working together, you can efficiently achieve the same results with a single Arduino Mega 2560.
Because of the power and versatility of this board, the simpler projects are typically larger and more complex than basic projects involving other boards, and include:
- An SMS-based home automation systems with five or more channels
- A “Track ME” box that supplies a current GPS location to whoever calls it
- Light controller platforms for fixed or temporary installations of lighting and sound
- A Star Trek “Tricorder”, which monitors and displays the temperature and other environmental values – as well as a few fictional ones as well
As you can imagine, if these are the more basic projects, then the advanced projects are on a whole new scale. For those looking to truly step up their game, however, more complex projects include:
- A self-replicating open-source 3D printer – controllable of course via an online platform
- Augmented Reality integration on a drone to fly first person and react to birds or other dangers with physical movement
- An automated controller for fans, indoor heating or air-conditioning systems to monitor the temperature and react accordingly – keeping you comfortable year-round
- A personally-designed and customized pinball machine, complete with bumpers, spinners and an LCD score screen
It should be obvious by now how powerful the Arduino Mega 2560 can be, and why it’s being utilized for so many different complicated projects. Not only does it offer more processing power, RAM and other power-based benefits, it also offers a whole new level of functionality with 54 I/O pins and 15 PWM channels. So find a project that you would be excited to take on and discover for yourself precisely what makes these boards the first choice for large, complex and exciting Arduino projects.