I have found multiple places that you can use your Arduino without a crystal, voltage regulator, USB interface, or even without the reset button. These can all make a difference in your project. With the Quasi-duino, I wanted to use the minimum possible components, minimum possible power, but still with the basic Arduino capabilities.
**This project will require you to download a new Arduino core for the Quasi-duino that I developed. It is provided later in the instructable.
Please feel free to post comments and questions.
Step 1: Parts
Needle Nose Pliers (Everyone should get a pair of these anyways)
The Quasi-duino core (will explain later)
The Narcoleptic library for Arduino (compatible with Arduino 1.0)
You can get all of the parts you need at Sparkfun:
** Essential Parts for Quasi-duino ($8.75)
Mini Breadboard http://www.sparkfun.com/products/7916 $3.95
Mini Push Button Switch - Tall (Most of you will want the tall button because it is easier to incorporate in your project) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8605 $0.50
ATmega328p http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9061 COM-09061 $4.30
** The following items need to be purchased only once, and can be used to make multiple Quasi-duinos later ($3.10)
Resistor-330 Ohm http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8377 $0.50
16MHz Crystal (needed for bootloading, but not for the completed project) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/536 $0.95
22pf Capacitors (2) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8571 $0.50
LEDs (2) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/532 $0.70
10uf Capacitor (for disabling the auto-reset on you Arduino UNO) http://www.sparkfun.com/products/523 $0.45
Extra Breadboard (nothin' special, just a basic one for LEDs)
Arduino UNO or later (Most of you will have one already) ** for users of older Arduinos, please see the bottom
LiPo (get these at Sparkfun too, they're cheap and rechargeable for your small projects!)
LiPo Charger (you'll need one of these if you're getting the LiPos)
** Note for users of old Arduinos: You can try an older Arduino in this project, but I have not tested them yet. You still should be able to do this project. I will make notes on the bottom of the pages that (I think) are different for older Arduinos.