Seeed, in collaboration with TI, will be releasing a new accessory to the Launchpad ecosystem. Aptly named the Sidekick, it plugs into a Launchpad on one side and a breadboard on the other. This setup allows you to prototype a design using a breadboard, instead of purchasing or designing a BoosterPack.
The Sidekick comes with 10 Energia examples. The biggest pros of the design is that it supports both 20 and 40 pin Launchpads and is independent of the Launchpad type(Tiva-C, MSP430 or C2000). It allows you to jump swiftly from one design to another. The kit also comes with loose components including a breadboard to accelerate your design ideas.
- 1 x Breadboard
- 5 x Green LED
- 5 x Red LED
- 1 x RGB Common Anode LED
- 10 x Ceramic Capacitor 10nF
- 10 x Ceramic Capacitor 100nF
- 5 x Aluminum capacitor 100uF
- 10 x Resistor 330R
- 10 x Resistor 1K
- 10 x Resistor 10K
- 1 x Tilt switch
- 1 x Thermistor
- 1 x Photoresistor
- 1 x Diode
- 1 x Buzzer
- 5 x Button
- 5 x Switch
- 2 x Potentiometer with knob
- 5 x Breadboard jumper wire – long
- 20 x Breadboard jumper wire – short
- 1 x 7 segment display
- 1 x Small DC motor
- 1 x TI 8-bit shift register (SN74HC595N)
- 1 x TI Analog Temperature Sensor (LM19CIZ/NOPB)
- 1 x TI NPN transistor (LP395Z/NOPB)
- 1 x TI NPN transistor (PN2222/NOPB)
- 1 x Breadboard BoosterPack Adapter PCB
- 1 x Label for components
- 1 x Sidekick basic for LaunchPad Manual
Should You Buy It?
Absolutely! Especially if you are new to electronics or the Launchpad ecosystem or if you are a tinkerer . If you are a parent or a teacher, this is a perfect gift for kids trying to get into electronics. Note that this is a plugin to the Launchpad and the Launchpad is a separate purchase. Any of the Launchpads on this page will work with the Sidekick.