so u want to take an Arduino or clone with you so you can probably tinker wherever you are?

given certain means..

With this you can make test circuits, bash out an idea, show friends cool things that it can do. and so on.

You could probably make it usable with any computer with a serial port (or usb) with the right cable (depending on the board).

This is my entry for the Pocket Sized contest.

For my version I will be using a homebrew board of mine. it has TTL header pins, reset, power LED, digital pins and analogue pins, and a power rail. it has a 9v battery connector on it and the 7805 regulator is protected from power feedback but a diode, so there is no problem with powering it via another 3-5v source. But the board making isn't a part of this ible, so I wont be talking about its construction, (that's here: www.instructables.com/id/Compact-Protoboard-Arduino-type-thing-yea/).

On this board I will have loaded Bitlash ( a bit-bashing program and libs from ( http://bitlash.net/ ) that allows you to control the board and its pins (also its eprom) from any serial terminal interface. This makes it a little easier to try things out directly on the board instead of using the Arduino IDE software, and also means you don't have to carry that too.

Step 1: Kit contents:

So what would you need to take with you?

Primarily some type or Arduino would be nice:

there are several small boards, bare bones ones, lilly-pad, boarduino.. just to name a few.
or you can make your own Arduino compatible board easily enough, and see how small you can make it. (like i have, though it is a prototype)

Secondly a Breadboard would be handy:

i have seen instructables on how you can make them. Mine is based on one such ible, although I didn't refer to it when I made it.
Also jumper wires for said Breadboard.


for making circuits would be a good thing too. Resistors, capacitors, transistors. LEDs etc.. but they can be carried in a separate container if you need many.. remember to keep it small. this is pocket sized after all ;)

and lastly a storage medium for this.

A Tin or a small plastic box, as long as it fits in your pocket easily. This could easily become a modular thing so try and keep other storage mediums small as well. small plastic tubes do well for components and wires.

Pocket Ardiuno kit <br>You misspelled arduino in the title. <br>I'm not criticizing your project. I like it, but I am just warning. Also, could you post some more information abou the 168 board?
haha all this time and i never noticed X3 <br> <br>not sure i have much more info about the board, its pretty much as simple as u can get.
I've been looking for an Instructable like this for quite a while now.I know that radio shack's website sells something just like this but it's like $30.00 and it's only online,not in sore. (30 US dollars,not Australian or English). :-)
good idea to use the old floppu drive connectors as breadboard, but as i understand they are not connected or did you leave them on a cable?
i used wires from the cable to connect them up as they would on a normal breadboard. <br>running up one set of pins then back for the next set of pins to complete the row, since they alternate)
This is a great hack - design, the DIY circuit board, the cheapie floppy-connector based protoboard, and maintaining shield compatability. Congratulations!<br><br>I stumbled into this on a search, was looking to see if anyone had hacked an Arduino into a REAL Nintendo controller case... <br><br>This is an idea I want to pursue, a gamepad as usable container for a 'duino (example application: datalogger). I'm thinking the buttons can all be wired up to navigate functions in the logger, and feedback (indicating 'where' you are in the 'menu' or mode) can be done via a piezeo speaker. This would avoid needing to hack the case for LEDs or an LCD.
kools good luck :)
That's so cool man! Nice Job! <br/><br/>And Kudos for the homebrew Arduino!<br/><br/>I wonder if one of these mini breadboards would fit inside that? I have on for my arduino protoshield, very handy. They sell them here:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8802">http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8802</a><br/>
Hey i got 2 of them mini breadboards and one fits perfectly in the space provided in the tin :) much better than the FDD cable connectors i was using b4 XD
How in the world did you manage to connect FDD connectors together to make a breadboard? I salvaged some and see no practical way to connect them together&nbsp; to make a breadboard. This would make a great instructable itself!
to be honest i would just get a mini breadboard off ebuy or sparkbum or someone liek that ;)<br />
Of course that is the easiest way. I just personally would like to know how you did it. I have a bunch of those ribbon cables with connectors lying around with no purpose. I would just like to make a breadbord out of them to reuse them somewhat. Also your rs232 to ttl cable is another stroke of genius.
i just glued them together and joined up the pins needed by feeding single wired to the right bits like how the ribbon flex was attached. just used the ribon flex for the single wires. takes time and can be a pain in the arse XD and u also need to check every hole on the row is connected.<br /> <br /> the rs232 is pretty much the old arduino serial curcuit for the serial part b4 they used the max232..<br /> all u need is a couple of transistors (3904 and 3906), resistors, caps and LEDs (optional). i'll dig out the circuit diagram later.<br />
Man, that is the hard way to do it. I think I will try to make one, that way I can use some of these I have laying around. The circuit diagram for the rs232 thing would be much help.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks!
Cool, those mini breadboards are great!
yup, i glued female pin headers down each side and soldered them onto a small bit of board joining the pins together for power rails :) now thats my tins breadboard :3 snug fit :)
thnx :) I'll be making a newer one soon, hopefully better with a 16mhz res. I will ible the build ;) 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm? that should fit nicely. its just a little wider than the one i have in there :)
Please make an Instructable for the Arduino board. This project is way to cool not to be complete.
ok done :) <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Compact-Protoboard-Arduino-type-thing-yea/" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/id/Compact-Protoboard-Arduino-type-thing-yea/</a><br />
Thanks so much! Do you think you would have time to give details for your rs232 to TTL converter?
i shall do soon :)<br />
Wow this is Awesome!! Perfect! 5 stars! ;)
thnx :) am about to add a small epilogue to the end wit the second tin i have populated.. not enough for another ible :)
Bravo! This is very cool.
thnx ;)
I gave you a 5, Best Ever!
hehe thnx ;)

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