ARDX is an extremely popular electronics learning kit based on the Arduino. It has an Arduino, breadboard, motors, servos, ICs, and jumper wires. Enough bits and pieces for 11 experiments that teach basic microcontroller and electronics concepts. A guide explains each exercise, and printed breadboard overlays show exactly where to put parts. It was designed by the team at oomlout, but SparkFun, Adafruit, Seeed Studio, ProtoCentral, just to name a few, all build a licensed version.
The oomlout team accompanied us on a couple Global Geek Tours and suggested a similar kit for the Bus Pirate. Our kit will have a Bus Pirate and a breadboard, which can be mounted on an acrylic sheet. Wires, chips, and parts needed for about 12 projects, and printed documentation. All in a nice plastic box.
Picking a good mix of protocols and devices is a challenge because everything has to be through-hole (and cheap). Here’s some previous tutorials we’re using to mock up the lesson book, and some new ideas:
- EEPROM (I2c/SPI)
- SRAM (SPI)
- Temperature sensor (TC74/I2C)
- 74xx595 with LEDs and a LCD
- PWM output chip with an LED or Piezo and frequency measurement
- IR Demodulator and a remote control
- UART loop back (AKA “a wire”)
- Bonus pack of free surface mount parts and adapters
We thought of adding the Bus Pirate LCD adapter board to the kit, but it’s too cumbersome to fit inside the case. Instead we could include a few pots and make it and exercise using the breadboard.
Suggestions and comments are welcome. Especially appreciated are chip suggestions with UART, 1-wire, or using logic chips.
*Everyone at oomlout refused to appear in a Geek Tour video, but we did catch some rare Where’s Waldo shots. This week we show four clips where Aaron, founder of oomlout, can be spotted in New York, India, and China. There’s PCB coupons for 10 people who spot
Waldo Aaron in other shots.