Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Just how small can an Arduino get? Meet DigiSpark!

**** UPDATE ****
WOW, This dude raised $313,318.00 of the $5000.00 he had hoped to raise!

He got 5964 backers.

Erik Kettenburg has a project up on Kickstarter that looks really awesome and it certainly looks like he's getting his backing! With 12 days to go, he has raised over $195,000 (of a $5000 goal) with over 4000 backers (Me being one of them!).

The product he is working on is a micro-sized Arduino (about the size of a quarter) called the DigiSpark.
I love the logic of this product. It's small and cheap enough that you can actually build it into a project. One of the biggest problems most of us hackers and builders face is creating something and then having to tear it all apart again to get our prized Micro-controller back out and reuse it to build another experiment. I have a full sized Arduino Uno dedicated to my Coffee pot project that I only use 4 of the pins for. This little guy would be much better suited for that purpose (especially when I get the smaller relay shield).

And at under $10 each, I'm getting 3 to start off with (and 1 relay shield).

It will feature
  • Support for the Arduino IDE 1.0+ (OSX/Win/Linux)
  • Power via USB or External Source - 5v or 7-35v (automatic selection)
  • On-board 500ma 5V Regulator
  • Built-in USB (and serial debugging)
  • 6 I/O Pins (2 are used for USB only if your program actively communicates over USB, otherwise you can use all 6 even if you are programming via USB)
  • 8k Flash Memory (about 6k after bootloader)
  • I2C and SPI (vis USI)
  • PWM on 3 pins (more possible with Software PWM)
  • ADC on 4 pins
  • Power LED and Test/Status LED (on Pin0)
And of course it is totally Open-Source/Hardware.

Let's see, the coffee maker will get one, there's a TV remote control that I want to build, these would fit perfectly in an HO train car, my Radio controlled cars might get some smarts, maybe my helicopters too, uh-oh....I'm going to need to order more of these when they become available on the Digistump.com website in December!

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