It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to play with electronics.

I guess that’s what happens when you spend your time leaving your software development manager role at Linden Lab to set up a new software development company focusing on scalable reliable large scale software at Singing Horse Studio ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I finally got round to assembling an Ardweeny. It’s a great little device. It’s an Arduino clone that piggy backs off of the ATMega328 chip and is fully breadboard compatible.

I’ve built a few projects with the Arduino, but every time I then have to re-code or re-jig the hardware replacing the “bulky” arduino kit. Now, I can breadboard a prototype with the Ardweeny, and then simply use an ATMega328 with Arduino bootloader and my sketch. It means my prototypes turn into full blown projects more quickly. Win!

You can get the Ardweeny from Solarbotics for less than $10, though remember that you’ll need an FTDI breakout board to load up your code from your computer via USB, unless you already own an Arduino in which case you can carefully remove your current IC and replace it with your Ardweeny. Hrm. I’d rather spend the extra few quid on a no-nonsense solution.

Incidentally, if you have a quick search on Instructables, you’ll see a great intro on how to put an Ardweeny together, as well as ways in which you can pimp it up!

Anyway, now that I’ve assembled my Ardweeny, I can get on with my next secret electronics project for work … ๐Ÿ˜‰

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