Electronic Kits

January 29th, 2013

 

There are currently three electronics kits available, with many more coming soon. Each kit comes with detailed instructions and example code for Arduino, PICAXE and Raspberry Pi. They are not complicated kits to make, require nothing more than a basic competancy of soldering skill and require only a soldering iron, solder and a small pair of wire cutters.

Once finished the kits are a great addition to your electronics arsenal. Use them to build or prototype fantastic contraptions with ease.

If you have any suggestions or have any example code requests then please let me know.

Most of the kits are available as a full kit or just the PCB. Buy online here.

 

Legend

Detailed instructions on how to put together a kit.
 
Example code for a project. All projecs have Arduino and PICAXE code, some also have Raspberry Pi code (python).
 
The Fritzing file that was the basis for the PCB manufacturing.
 
A YouTube video showing off a completed project.
 

Project Kits

Pascal An electronic dice kit built around two 7-segment LED displays and a PICAXE microcontroller. The kit is available with red or high brightness blue LEDs.
 
The onboard microcontroller comes with 10 built-in dice modes.
 
 

7-segment display

Rutherford A shift register powered board. Comprises a common anode 4 digit 7-segment LED display driven by two 74HC595 shift registers. The entire display is controlled from just three control lines and a 5v and GND line.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE (X1/X2/M2 parts recommended), Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
Use the finished board as a counter, clock, thermometer and much more.
 
 
 

LEDs

Freeman A shift register powered board. Comprises 16 5mm LEDs driven by two 74HC595 shift registers. The entire display is controlled from just three control lines and a 5v and GND line.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
This board has many uses, it's linear configuration makes it ideal for visually representing the value of a sensor (such as a temperature IC like the DS18B20). It could also be used to illuminate your desk (stick it under your monitor), or as a binary clock/counter.
 
 
Freeman 10 A shift register powered board. Comprises 16 10mm LEDs driven by two 74HC595 shift registers. The entire display is controlled from just three control lines and a 5v and GND line.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
This board has many uses, it's linear configuration makes it ideal for visually representing the value of a sensor (such as a temperature IC like the DS18B20). It could also be used to illuminate your desk (stick it under your monitor), or as a binary clock/counter.
 
 
Freeman 10 mini An 8 LED version of the Freeman 10 kit above.
 
Orion 4x4 4x4 10mm LED grid, driven by two 74HC595 shift register ICs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newton A shift register powered board. Comprises 16 5mm LEDs laid out in a heart-shaped arrangement.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
This kit would make a fanastic Valentine's Day project! But the LED arrangement lends itself to a quirky binary clock, counter, temperature guage... and many more.
 
 
 
Newton 10 A shift register powered board. Comprises 16 10mm LEDs laid out in a heart-shaped arrangement.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
This kit would make a fanastic Valentine's Day project! But the LED arrangement lends itself to a quirky binary clock, counter, temperature guage... and many more.
 
   

Breakout Boards

Shift-o-Tron A dual 74HC595 shift register board. Two shift registers that can be used for testing and prototying any shift register based projects
 
Can be used as a single or dual shift register giving 8 or 16 outputs.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
 
Ultra Shift-o-Tron A quad 74HC595 shift register board. Four shift registers that can be used for testing and prototying any shift register based projects
 
Can be used as a single, dual, triple of quad shift register giving 8 - 32 outputs.
 
Can be controlled by a number of microcontollers and electronics platforms including Aruino, PICAXE, Parallax and Raspberry Pi.
 
 

555-o-tron

(astable)

A 555 astable oscillator breakout board. Experiment with various capactitor and resistor combinations. Available with straight or right-angled headers for direct connection to breadboards.
 
The 555 timer will output a steady stream of pulses whose frequency and duty cycle are determined only by the values of the capacitor, C, and resistors R1 and R2. Resistors can either be the normal fixed value type, variable resistors (trimmers or potentiometers), temperature sensors or light-sensitive devices (LDRs). The frequency of the pulsing will change as the resistor(s) value changes.
 
 

555-o-tron

(monostable)

A 555 monostable oscillator breakout board. Experiment with various capactitor and resistor combinations. Available with straight or right-angled headers for direct connection to breadboards.
 
The 555 timer will output a single pulse of a length specified by the user-selected capacitor and resistor.
 
 
 
 
8 LEDs Eight 3mm LEDs on a small breakout board. Attach it to a breadboard, or header on a PCB and use it for debug output or as part of your project.