Dear Adafruit, Sparkfun, Radioshack, and hobbyist companies of the like,
I'm a high-schooler with zero dollars in the bank. I can't really afford to buy a $60 Arduino from RS when I could buy it for $15 on ebay, from Shenzhen or Hong Kong.
I understand that I am hurting your business by not buying your products, but by doing so I educate myself and others.
I just want to say thank you for teaching me how to make my own products when your products are too expensive.
First of all, I want to give absolute credit to Tequals0
. You should check out his instructables account and follow him
So, over the summer I needed to find a way to get OFF of the arduino board and onto smaller/cheaper microcontrollers for more permanent projects.
For a while I have been using the ArduinoISP sketch to upload files, but if I wanted to upload a hex file, I needed a real programmer (I needed a programmer that programs through the ISP and not through a serial port).
SO I looked at adafruit's USBTinyISP
, which I must say, was VERY cheap comparing to Atmel's other programmers. USBTiny is also supported by Arduino IDE, so that's great too.
As cheap as it was, it was $22; I don't spend $22 on one thing.
so, let me get started on how to make your own usbtinyisp