This Instructable is for the build instructions for our new AVR ISP Shield Kit for Arduino. Its development owes a great deal to Instructables and our own community (particularly Nick!) and I hope to explain some of that along the way.
Some astute Instructablites have asked. What does this do? Well essentially this shield can turn your Arduino into a quite capable chip programmer. What's more is that it can allow your Arduino to make more Arduino compatible devices. So with this shield, a bit of code and some some spare chips you can replicate what your Arduino does for a fraction of the cost. Not only using the same chip as your Arduino uses but also some smaller cheaper ones too. Like the ATTiny85.
Let me start by saying to program an AVR chip with an Arduino you don't need a shield or even a crystal if you're programming Arduino bootloaders. But if you plan on doing it more than once a shield is going to save you some headaches as setting up a breadboard each time and then worrying about debugging is a pain...
The project is open sourced and the PCB files can be found on our Github
The kit itself on our website at www.phenoptix.com