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Rocket Brand Studios FetaDuino

The Fetauino is an Arduino-based LCD controller. Actually, don't think of it as a LCD with an Arduino attached. Instead, think of it as a full-on Arduino board, with a LCD attached. Perfect for control panels or transmitters and with its on board 256k EEPROM, perfect for datalogging.

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The FetaDuino is the brainchild of Mr. Patrick McCabe of patrickmccabemakes.com. Originally, it was designed for use in stationary control panels and handheld transmitters. It contained a “full size” atmega 328 and through-hole components. I personally have a couple of these original designs and they are simply fantastic. Building on that original design, Pat, with input from me, redesigned the whole board to use SMD parts which allowed the addition of voltage regulators, extras like on-board EEPROMS and of course, room for an X-bee. As it stands now, the FetaDuino is an incredible stand-alone unit capable of not only running the attached LCD but could be the main microcontroller for almost any project.

The FetaDuino Features:
  • Ability to control a 16x2 or 20x4 LCD
  • Atmega 328
  • External 256k EEPROM
  • X-bee headers
  • No need to unplug X-bee for programming
  • 5v Regulator
  • 3.3v Regulator
  • On-board battery monitoring
  • Bright blue back-mounted LED
  • Dedicated i2c lines with 3.3v and 5v available
  • Access to SPI lines
  • Access to interrupt lines
  • LCD backlight brightness control via PWM
  • Did I mention an X-BEE!?!
  • A PCB footprint no larger than that of a 16x2 LCD
  • Low profile design



Applications:
  • A standard serial or i2c LCD
  • Control Panels
  • Transmitters
  • Receiver and LCD for robots
  • Data Logging

 
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Step 1: Assembly Intro

Picture of Assembly Intro
This is a pretty straight forward kit to put together. Really, it is nothing more than a bunch of pins to be soldered in. Let's get right to it.

You will need:
  • Small soldering iron
  • Rosin core solder