Coming Soon: Microcontroller Contest

Hear ye, hear ye! We will be starting a microcontroller contest on January 17. It will be a relatively short contest (3-4 weeks long). So, if you're working on something, wait until then to publish. If you weren't, maybe now is the time to try out an Arduino or any other microcontroller.

More info next week.

We have partnered with SparkFun for the contest! We will be giving away:

3 First Prizes - $250 worth of goods from SparkFun + laser-etched Leatherman Squirt E4 + Prize Pack
5 Second Prizes - $50 worth of goods from SparkFun + laser-etched Leatherman Squirt E4 + Prize Pack
5 Runners-Up Prizes - laser-etched Leatherman Squirt E4 + Prize Pack


The contest is now live. See it here.

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Goodhart7 years ago
Where is the best place to pick up one (and detailed instructions since I am a total noob in this area), for the least amount of monetary outlay (to your knowledge anyways)?

I'd love to use this as an introduction to them.
you can get arduinos almost anywhere online like ebay, amazon, makershed.
and you can get the pic chips from ebay in bulk or i hear you can get them off amazon too
Well, like I said, I haven't any practice nor experience with anything but simple logic chips (boolean logic) and CMOS chips, nothing on the order of a up.

So I'd need instructions that were detailed (hand holding) until I got the hang of it.   Since I have been around since the "tube" era, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up, but I don't want to spend $50 and then fry it either :-)
Have you seen PICAXE?
No I hadn't, but a quick browse of The Site (minus that last picaxe on your link, as that didn't work for me); and I see prices in the £42.00 (£50.40 inc. VAT) on up category, and if I am not mistaken, that  £42 translates into about $90-$125 for me.   Or about 3+ times more then I can spend on myself in any given month :-) 
But it certainly does look intriguing :-) Thanks for the link, I shall add it to my list of things to think about.
It sounds like you're shopping in Europe and looking at paying and shipping to the US. If that's so, you might check out the US-based distributors -- SparkFun, AdaFruit, MakerShed, Modern Devices, and others. You should be looking at about $30 for a USB-enabled Arduino or Freeduino.
That would be more in line with what I might be able to do, but I haven't seen prices that low anywhere, unless I have missed what I should be looking for. Since I will need this to be as simple as possible, for the first few times, I can't just buy a chip.
jeff-o Goodhart7 years ago




Goodhart jeff-o7 years ago
Thanks, I will have to look at them closer when I get home. I still have "doubts" about "what" I need (basic at this point, still able to do more with it then blink some LEDs).
jeff-o Goodhart7 years ago
Well, think about what you want to do, and maybe we can steer you in the right direction!
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