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  • Nicely done! and yes if you have the layout of the Arduino kit that would be great to see....

    Making LEDS blink without a microcontroller???? How retro! ;)

    • Hahaha, so retro. Still using silicon transistors, though. I guess you could take it way back and just plop some power resistors, vacuum tube valves and incandescent bulbs on a plank of wood, but you might want thicker jumper wires.

      I added the two layouts in vector PDF format on the last page of the tutorial! You can view them using anything that opens PDF files, but if you open them in a vector drawing program like InkScape or Illustrator, you should be able to edit them! (and feed them to laser cutters and the like)

  • You should put together how to make the one in the picture you show. I was discussing this very kit with my daughter and my father bought her a sparkfun kit to get her started in her exploration!

  • If any of you end up building your own kit, we'd love to see it. You can link us to a picture (on your blog or a flickr or whatever) in the comments here. If I get enough of them, maybe I'll add a gallery page to the tutorial to inspire other people to build along.

  • What is the IC doing in your photo?

    • The IC on the big kit is an ATMega328 with the Arduino bootloader on it. You'll notice there's also an FTDI USB-TTL chip in the top corner so you can program it.

  • I'd lay down cash for an assemble-at-home kit like your Arduino-based one with all the parts pre-collected in about two shakes.

  • Nicely done. This made me smile. I liked the 60s feel of the logo as well. I too hope that others share their creations.

  • This is a VERY cool idea and I can't wait to see what layouts people come up with! Thanks for putting this together :)


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