Hasantha Lokugamage Donates a CubieBoard Unit to Horizon Lanka

Hasantha Lokugamage
Prarthana Sewwandi and junior kids with the CubieBoard unit.
Prarthana Sewwandi and junior kids with the CubieBoard unit.

Having learnt about Horizon Lanka Foundation through the media, Mr. Hasantha Lokugamage, a computer enthusiast and an Assistant Manager at Jetwing Hotels donated a CutieBoard set to Horizon Lanka in December, 2015. We thank Mr. Lokugamage for this generous donation. We are in the process of learning how to use the unit.

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Hasantha Lokugamage donating the CubieBoard
Hasantha Lokugamage
Hasantha Lokugamage
Hasantha Lokugamage
Hasantha Lokugamage

Since we are keen on studying computers at Horizon Lanka, we hope to find the knowledge necessary to use CubieBoard through friends and Internet. CubieBoard is mainly system on chip (SoC or SOC) miniature PC. But you can make use of it I/O pins for programming.

Having asked as to why Mr. Lokugamage thought of donating this unit, he answered thus. “I saw that what kids and Nanda Wanninayaka from Mahawilachchiya did a long time back from TV news and later from the Horizon Lanka web. I came to know that Horizon Lanka was inactive for few years (I don’t know the reason). But when you contacted me to get some info about Raspberry Pi, I was delighted to hear that Horizon Lanka is active again. So, I decided to donate CubieBoard to Horizon Lanka and happy to see rural youth who make use of it to learn ICT.”

“Cubieboard is a single-board computer, made in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The first short run of prototype boards were sold internationally in September 2012, and the production version started to be sold in October 2012. It can run Android 4 ICS, Ubuntu 12.04 desktop, Fedora 19 ARM Remix desktop, Archlinux ARM, a Debian-based Cubian distribution, or OpenBSD.” – Wikipedia

For more details on CubieBoard, please visit http://www.cubieboard.org.

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A CubieBoard Unit
A CubieBoard Unit
A CubieBoard Unit
A CubieBoard Unit

An Arduino Electronic Development Kit from Mr. Chinthaka Porawagama from the USA

Arduino Electronic Development Kit
Arduino Electronic Development Kit
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Mr. Chinthaka Porawagama

Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka Foundation

Mr. Chinthaka Porawagama, a past pupil of the Central College, Anuradhapura, the same school I studied for Advanced Level for a year in 1990, contacted me after reading one of my blog posts in my personal blog, https://wanni.wordpress.com. According to him, he had been searching for an old book of his childhood which was about Guglielmo Marconi in Google and had found this link in my blog., which had the exact same pictures that his book had and the original article!!!. He was so happy to see this and through my blog he had read about Horizon Lanka. Then he immediately contacted me and asked whether I was interested in receiving an Arduino Electronic Development Kit from him.

Mr. Porawagama now works as an engineer in the United States. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya and University of Moratuwa and then migrated to the United States. He had a passion for electronics since he was a kid, and that’s the reason he loved to do experiments with this type of gadgets.

The main components in the Arduino Electronic Development Kit he donated are these.

  • Arduino – Uno
  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Breadboards & connecting terminals
  • Power supply units for Arduino / Raspberry Pi projects
  • Servo motors (3)
  • Stepper motors (1)
  • Sensors (ultrasound/ proximity/ gyro/ etc.)
  • LCD screen
  • Programmable IR remote
  • Other related stuff

He bought all these components from LankaTronics. (Arduino boards he bought were original ones, since they have their own copies.)

Arduino and Raspberry Pi are fast growing and advancing electronic development trends used by professionals and enthusiasts, and the best thing is that there is a huge online information and knowledge base in the internet which are shared free by the Arduino and Raspberry Pi developer communities.

Chinthaka Porawagama's father donating the Arduino kit to Ramani (Left Chinthaka Porawagama)
Chinthaka Porawagama’s father donating the Arduino kit to Ramani (Left Chinthaka Porawagama)
Arduino Electronic Development Kit with a laptop
Arduino Electronic Development Kit with a laptop

Mr. Porawagama’s parents who live in Sri Lanka brought the kit to Anuradhapura and handed over to a member of Horizon Lanka. We thank Mr. Porawagama and his parents for this kind gesture displayed towards Horizon Lanka Foundation.

If you are new to Arduino and raspberry pi, visit these YouTube links.