Arduino Stuff

This page is work in progress and will expand greatly over time.

In-line with the basic electronics videos, there will soon be a number of basic Arduino videos too.

However, the Arduino videos will also go beyond the basics and hopefully be of interest to the more experienced developers and tinkerers too.

Arduino Project Videos

Coming soon!

The Arduino Paper Shield

My favourite Arduino is the UNO Rev 3.

Like many others, I have difficulty easily seeing the pin names/numbers on the Arduino board.

So, using the freely available fritzing application, I created a Paper Shield to place over my UNO so that I could see the text for the pinouts more easily.

A pdf file of the shield can be dowloaded here. ArduinoPaperShield_pcb

The fritzing file is ArduinoPaperShield. The download is a txt file but must be renamed as a fzz file to be opened in fritzing.

Best results are when printed on reasonably thick card. Make sure you print out at 100% to retain scale.

There are five different orientations for you to choose from and hopefully at least one will help you as much as they have helped me.

The three black dots line up with three of the four standoff holes in the Arduino.

Drill out the standoff holes and all of the pin holes.

The shield can then be fixed to the Arduino using standoff posts.

You can either insert female headers into the Arduino (holds the shield in place) or just access the pins as you normally would.

Paper Shield 1 Paper Shield 2

Arduino Blink example on an ATtiny (code)

There are numerous pages on the internet explaining how to program an ATtiny, however, although a lot of them are still valid, there are also a lot that are out of date with today’s Arduino IDE versions etc.
In other words, some work and some do not.

Recently (January 2016) we created our own example of the Blink script, based on an Arduino UNO, an ATtiny85 on version 1.6.4 of the IDE. It may work on other configurations but cannot be guaranteed.

The script also contains all of the necessary steps to set up and program the ATtiny85.

Download the zip, ATtinyBlink and store the unzipped folder that contains the ATtinyBlink.ino file in your  Sketchbook location.

This should give you the framework for future scripts that you want to write.

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