Chronoduino status update

Still a long way to go, but slowly moving somewhere…

Current status:
– waiting for the prototype PCBs from laen
– waiting for the 150 mAh batteries from SparkFun
– all the other components have arrived

As things stand right now, i quite probably won’t be able to finish the prototype before i leave for vacation. Unless i bring a soldering iron with me. Which would be a bit too crazy. So i guess that means Chronoduino will see the light of day in September.

In the meantime, a few shots of the goodies that have arrived so far. First up, the ATmega168PA’s:

… which arrived in the most overengineered packaging i have seen yet. Whole palette for 5 (FIVE!) ATmegas? Geezus. The LEDs are here too. All the colors of rainbow (almost):

Finally, picked up a tiny serial Bluetooth module from Satistronics. Didn’t plan to, it was due to a stock status cockup on their end. I was meaning to buy some tiny 7-segment clock displays (0.28″), but it turned out they were out of stock after i’ve already paid. So i exchanged them for this:

I’ve checked and it fits a Chronoduino face footprint. So i was meaning to make a Bluetooth face at some point. There’s just one problem – i’ve never pulled out the serial pins from the chronoduino to the face headers. I guess i could use a soft serial lib, but i think i’ll be redesigning things a bit in Chronoduino v0.2…

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3 Responses to “Chronoduino status update”

  1. adnbr 25/07/2011 at 08:08 #

    I hate it when they send the waffle trays. Once, they sent 6 chips in a little cardboard box, and the other six in a waffle tray.

    It must be a Farnell thing…

    • orcinus 27/07/2011 at 02:11 #

      Maybe they’ve got a huge surplus of them and this is cheaper than getting them returned or recycled. In any case, seems pretty wasteful…

      • Martin Bogomolni 05/08/2011 at 00:22 #

        Yep, that’s exactly right…

        Although, it’s quite a sight to see TEN of those, full, stacked. 2500 chips is actually a very compact mass.

        -M

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