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Gleason Research Products

Our primary product is the MIT Handy Board. We also carry the Handy Board Expansion Board, and our own sensor/motor kit accessories.

We are the distributor of the Super Cricket. Scroll half-way down this page to see the Cricket and its accessories.

 


The Handy Board System with USB (GR-HB-USB), $319.00

We sell fully assembled & tested Handy Board systems, complete with everything you need to get your Handy Board up and running. Our Handy Board systems are in stock for immediate delivery. We want you to be satisfied with your Handy Board purchase, and we will make every effort to be responsive to your needs before and after your purchase.


The GR Handy Board System

The GR Handy Board System with UB includes the Handy Board with a built-in rechargeable battery pack, our USB Interface/Charger Board, USB cable, RJ11 cable, DC adapter, printed manual, and software for PC and Mac on CD-ROM.

Click on the thumbnail photograph to see an enlarged version. Also, please see the Handy Board main unit product page that explains the Handy Board's capabilities.


The Handy Board System (GRHB-PC), $299.00

We sell fully assembled & tested Handy Board systems, complete with everything you need to get your Handy Board up and running. Our Handy Board systems are in stock for immediate delivery. We want you to be satisfied with your Handy Board purchase, and we will make every effort to be responsive to your needs before and after your purchase.


The GR Handy Board System

The GR Handy Board system includes the Handy Board with a built-in rechargeable battery pack, Interface/Charger Board, 9- and 25-pin PC cables, RJ11 cable, DC adapter, printed manual, and software for PC and Mac on CD-ROM.

Click on the thumbnail photograph to see an enlarged version. Also, please see the Handy Board main unit product page that explains the Handy Board's capabilities.

We also have a configuration of the Handy Board system for international shipment, part number GRHBI-PC.


The Expansion Board (EXPBD), $59.00

The Expansion Board adds a wealth of new capabilities to the Handy Board: 10 additional analog inputs, 9 digital outputs, 6 servo motor outputs, 4 LEGO sensor inputs, easy connection of the Polaroid 6500 ultrasonic ranging system, and an open prototyping area.


The GR Expansion Board

The Expansion Board is a great way to add new capabilities to your Handy Board. Click here for a more detailed view.


Handy Board Sensor/Motor Kit (SMKIT), $39.00

Our Sensor/Motor kit is designed to make it easy for you to put the Handy Board to use. We provide everything necessary to built a variety of sensor and motor assemblies. The kit includes four DC motors, two CdS photocell light sensors, two touch sensors, two reflective infrared sensors, one rolling-ball inclination sensor, and construction materials.


The GR HB Sensor/Motor Kit

Outer parts, clockwise from top: four 9v DC motors, two CdS photocells, SPDT lever switch, rolling ball inclinometer, another SPDT switch, heat shrink tubing, and rainbow ribbon cable.

Inner parts, clockwise from top: male header strip, adhesive magnet, matched resistors, two reflective infrared sensors, one hall effect magnetic sensor.

Click on the thumbnail photograph to see an enlarged version of the Sensor/Motor Kit. Instructions for wiring the sensors and motors are provided in the Handy Board Technical Reference manual. Please note that actual sensors provided may vary slightly from those shown in the photograph, and the hall-effect sensor is no longer provided.


Super Cricket Microcontroller (SUPERCX), $99.00

The Super Cricket is a tiny robotics controller that’s with even more sensor and motor I/O! It can control 4 DC motors, 8 servo motors, and receive input from 6 sensors. Like the Handy Cricket, the Super Cricket uses the easy to learn Logo language, and has a built-in IR port for program download and inter-Cricket communications.


The Super Cricket

The Cricket runs off of four AA batteries; the battery holder is mounted to the Cricket itself. Crickets also include a piezo beeper for sound output, a run/stop button and “program running” status LED, and a 4K-byte EEPROM memory for user code.

Crickets also have two “bus ports” which will allow for future expansion. Using the bus ports, each Cricket can control up to a dozen or more custom peripheral devices, such as advanced sensors, LED displays, and relays.


Super Cricket Start Kit (Serial) (SUPERCX-KIT), $139.00


Super Cricket Starter Kit
(Serial Version)

The Super Cricket Starter Kit includes everything you need to get started with Crickets. Our kit for web users includes:

  • one Super Cricket,
  • one Cricket Serial-IR Interface,
  • one DB9M-DB9F cable,
  • and our CX-SMKIT Sensor/Motor Kit for Cricket.
Software and a printed manual is not included, but can be freely downloaded from the Cricket web site, http://handyboard.com/cricket/. You save money by downloading this material from the web.


Super Cricket Start Kit (USB) (SUPERCX-KIT-USB), $149.00


Super Cricket Starter Kit
(USB Version)

The Super Cricket Starter Kit includes everything you need to get started with Crickets. Our kit for web users includes:

  • one Super Cricket,
  • one Cricket USB-IR Interface,
  • one DB9M-DB9F cable,
  • and our CX-SMKIT Sensor/Motor Kit for Cricket.
Software and a printed manual is not included, but can be freely downloaded from the Cricket web site, http://handyboard.com/cricket/. You save money by downloading this material from the web.


Cricket USB IR Beamer (CXIR-USB), $39.00


Cricket USB IR Beamer

Now available! The Cricket USB IR Beamer lets a desktop or laptop computer talk to a Cricket for program download. The Beamer connects to a host computer using a standard USB port.


Cricket Serial IR Beamer (CXIR-SER), $29.00


Cricket Serial IR Beamer

The Cricket Serial-IR Interface lets a desktop or laptop computer talk to a Cricket for program download. The Interface communicates at 9600 baud with the host computer and with the Cricket at 50 kbaud, using a custom protocol. The interface runs off a 9v battery.

The Serial-IR Interface has a DB9 female serial connector; In the Cricket Start Kit, Gleason Research bundles a DB9-male-to-DB9-female cable for easy connection to a standard 9-pin PC serial port. Adapters for older PCs with 25-pin serial ports and Macintosh computers are available.


Cricket Sensor/Motor Kit (CX-SMKIT), $19.00


GR Cricket
Sensor/Motor Kit

The Cricket uses a solderless connector, so it’s much easier to wire sensors and motors to the Cricket than to the Handy Board. The Cricket Sensor/Motor Kit is a custom GR product to make it easy to get your Cricket up and running. It includes:

  • a DC motor matched to the Cricket's motor driver,
  • a tiny light bulb,
  • a CdS photocell light sensor,
  • a pushbutton switch touch sensor,
and all of the necessary wires and plugs to properly hook these devices up to your Cricket.


Pre-Wired Sensors, Motor, and Adapter for the Super Cricket, $6.00 – $9.00

We have a series of pre-wired sensors, a pre-wired DC motor, and an adapter for popular 9v motors available for the Super Cricket. Click on any of the images below for more information.

LIGHT SENSOR TOUCH SENSOR IR SENSOR BREAK BEAM SENSOR DC MOTOR REED SWITCH 9V ADAPTER

Each of the above is $9.00, except for the 9V ADAPTER module, which is $6.00.


Distance Sensor for Cricket (CX-DIST), $29.00


The CX-DIST distance sensor

CX-DIST is the Sharp GP2D12 optical distance sensor with a custom adapter cable fully wired for the Cricket. This device uses infrared light to measure distances from 10 cm (4 in.) to 80 cm (12 in.). It has a lens and a linear position detector, so it's actually measuring the position of a projected spot of IR illumination (not its brightness). It's a very popular sensor for robotics applications.


Cricket Wire Kit (CX-WIREKIT), $9.00


Cricket Wire Kit

Use this kit if you want to build your own motors and sensors for the Handy Cricket! The kit has 10 pre-crimped wires, 5 motor plugs, and 5 sensor plugs. You can build up to 5 total devices.


4-Digit LED Number Display (Bus Device for Super Cricket, CX-4DIGIT), $29.00


4-Digit LED Number Display

The 4-Digit LED Display is a Bus Device for the Super Cricket. It can display decimal numbers from 0 to 9999 as well as hex values. Up to two LED Displays can be connected to a single Super Cricket.


Lamp/Relay Driver Board (Bus Device for Super Cricket, CX-LEDLAMP), $29.00


Lamp/Relay Driver Board

The Lamp/Relay Driver Board is a Bus Device for the Super Cricket. It provides seven independently controlled power outputs suitable for operating incandescent lamps, relays, LEDs, or small motors. Up to fifteen Driver Boards can be connected to a single Super Cricket.


Motor/Sensor Expansion Board (Bus Device for Handy Cricket, CX-MSEXP), $29.00


Motor/Sensor Expansion Board

The Motor/Sensor Expansion Board is a Bus Device for the Handy Cricket. It provides two additional DC motor outputs and four additional sensor inputs. The sensor inputs may also be used as event counters and with shaft encoder sensors. Up to two Expansion Boards can be connected to a single Handy Cricket.


8-Servo Controller Board (Bus Device for Handy Cricket, CX-SERVO), $29.00


8-Servo Controller Board

The 8-Servo Controller Board is a Bus Device for the Handy Cricket. It provides outputs for 8 standard RC servo motors. A screw terminal connector allows the use of external power.


GP2D12 Interface for LEGO RCX (TRINFACT), $29.00


TRINFACT

GP2D12 Interface for LEGO RCX


Handy Board and Super Cricket Software CD-ROM, $5.00


GR CD-ROM

The GR CD-ROM contains distributions of software for both the Handy Board and the Super Cricket. It also includes a bunch of other useful reference material, and a 10-minute Quicktime movie of the 1991 MIT "6.270" Robot Design Competition.


USB-to-Serial Adapter Cable (USB-SER-CAB), $29.00


USB-Serial Cable

The USB-to-Serial Adapter Cable plugs into your computer's USB port and provides a standard DB9M serial port for use with the Super Cricket and Handy Board systems.


Macintosh Modem Cable (MACCAB), $6.00

The Macintosh Modem cable has a minidin-8 plug on one end and a DB25-male plug on the other. It's used with older Macintoshes (pre iMac, pre USB) with printer and modem ports.


Macintosh Modem Cable

With the Handy Board, the Mac modem cable connects the older Mac to the HB's Serial Interface/Battery Charger board.

With Crickets, the Mac modem cable plus an XT adapter (see below) connects the older Mac to the Cricket Serial-IR Interface.


XT Mouse Adapter (XTADAPT), $5.00


XT Mouse Adapter

The XT Mouse Adapter has a DB25-female plug on one end and a DB9-male plug on the other. It's used to convert the 25-pin serial ports on older PCs (the “XT standard”) to the newer 9-pin standard. It's also used to connect from the Mac modem cable to the Cricket's Serial-IR Interface.