• Arduinome

    I’m going to be documenting my journey as I create my first Arduinome. Many smart and generous people have published a wealth of information about how to make an Arduinome, which was crucial to me feeling comfortable enough to make my own. Hopefully this page will be a useful reference to others looking to bring yet another blinky little box into the world.

    How to Build an Arduinome Videos

    How to Build an Arduinome (Part 2): Components from Maxim Porges on Vimeo.

    In this part of the series, we take a look at some of the components that you will need in order to build an Arduinome.

    How to Build an Arduinome (Part 3): Diodes and LEDs from Maxim Porges on Vimeo.

    In this part of the series, we take a look at the diodes and LEDs, and I solder them on to the SparkFun PCBs.

    How to Build an Arduinome (Part 4) – Unsped Shield from Maxim Porges on Vimeo.

    In this part of the series, I take a walk through the parts of the Unsped Shield and put it all together.

    Jamming on the Arduinome in mlrv
    I wile away many an evening jamming out loops on my Arduinome with mlrv, so I thought I’d capture a little on tape.

    Each track in mlrv holds a sample, and relates to a horizontal button row on the Arduinome. The sample is sliced up in to sections, and my Arduinome controls the triggering of the first 8 sections (since it’s only 8 buttons wide). mlrv has a basic loop recorder that I use at the beginning of the video to capture the baseline.

    This was recorded by piping the output of mlrv to Soundflower, routing Soundflower in to Logic, capturing mlrv with iShowU, and editing in Final Cut Express.

    A Journey in Pictures

    Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

    Parts List
    Here’s my parts list for those of you playing along at home, with links to suppliers where applicable. I got an Arudino Duemilanove from 360|Flex San Jose courtesy of SparkFun.com who sponsored the session on Flex and Hardware Hands-On, so I saved about $25 – $30 there. By far the most expensive parts were those used in the casing, notably the aluminum enclosure that is being fabbed by MachineCollective in Europe and shipped overseas, and the SparkFun 4×4 buttons and pads. The custom Unsped Arduinome PCB from BatchPCB comes in next, followed by the relatively low cost of all the ICs and discrete components together.

    My parts list is a combination of those found on CuriousInventor.com and the original Arduinome build log at FlipMu.

    Description Source Quantity Price Total w/S&H
    Arduino Duemilanove 360|Flex Freebie 1 $- $-
    Unsped Arduinome Shield BatchPCB 1 $17.29 $32.64
    Button Pad 4×4 – Breakout PCB SparkFun 4 $9.95 $39.80
    Button Pad 4×4 – LED Compatible SparkFun 4 $9.95 $39.80
    Diode Small Signal – 1N4148 SparkFun 64 $0.14 $18.42
    IC DRIVER LED DISPLAY 8DGT 24DIP SparkFun 1 $10.81 $10.81
    20 Conductor Ribbon Cable CuriousInventor.com 1 $4.99 $4.99
    16-Pin IDC Ribbon Cable Sockets CuriousInventor.com 2 $0.49 $4.71
    IC REGISTER PAR-OUT 8BIT 14-DIP Digikey 1 $0.65 $0.65
    IC REGIST PAR-IN/SER-OUT 16-DIP Digikey 1 $0.95 $0.95
    (socket for MAX7219)
    Digikey 1 $1.58 $1.58
    (socket for 74HC164n)
    Digikey 1 $0.92 $0.92
    (socket for 74HC165n)
    Digikey 1 $1.05 $1.05
    .10UF 100V 10% MONOLITH CERM CAP Digikey 3 $0.19 $0.57
    *RES NET 9RES 100K OHM 10PIN (see
    note below)
    Digikey 1 $0.47 $0.47
    CONN HEADER .100 SINGL STR 36POS Digikey 2 $1.17 $2.34
    10UF 50V MINI ALUM ELECT (KA) Digikey 1 $0.15 $0.15
    2×8 Header Digikey 2 $1.61 $3.22
    LEDs Mouser 64 $0.38 $24.32
    Resistor (3.3V LED @ 20ma = ~24.5k) – see reference guide for your LEDs My electronics toolbox 1 $- $-
    Black Acrylic Arduinome Enclosure CuriousInventor.com 1 $79.99 $87.74
    CONN HOUSING 4POS .100 SINGLE DigiKey 28 $0.52 $15.43
    CONN SOCKET 20-24AWG TIN CRIMP DigiKey 120 $0.17 $21.95
    Total $312.52