This project is the third revision of the MiniPOV. This version is nearly identical to the last version, MiniPOV2 but uses the serial port (possibly with a USB/Serial converter) instead of a parallel port, for programming. Because the programmer is built into the kit, one does not need a special "microcontroller programmer". This version can be used with PCs (Linux/Unix or Windows) and Macs (running MacOS X and with a USB/serial converter).
This kit is great for soldering beginners. To learn the basics of soldering check out this great guide by noahw. Also, here's a good video tutorial from the MAKE blog.
Step 1: What you get and what you need.
A note on the resistors: electrical components are marked by colors, and you'll be getting all sorts of things that look the same. Be careful not to mix them up!
What you get:
1 ATtiny2313 Microcontroller - IC
1 20 Pin Socket for microcontroller - IC1
3 1/4W 5% 4.7K resistors - R10-R12 (Red band)
8 1/4W 5% 47 ohm resistors - R1-9 (Brown band)
3 5.1V Zener Diode - D1-D3 (Red body)
1 Battery case with screw - U1
8 Red LED - D1-8
1 DB-9 female connector w/solder cup
1 Sticky pad
What components you'll need:
2 AA batteries
(if you don't have a serial port) USB to serial converter
The ones with the PL-2303 chipset work:
Here or here or somewhere else
What tools you'll need.
Rosin core, 60/40 solder
Soldering Iron hopefully with a pencil-like tip
A vice to hold up the PCB
(You can get all this stuff really cheap at http://www.all-spec.com/ or http://www.allelectronics.com/)