Dustin: Well, plan#357 for world domination has failed.
David: I suspect our penchant for monologues is the culprit. What are we going to do with this stuff?
Dustin: I dunno about the eels, but the Robotic Minion Starter Kit Arduino compatible boards are pretty cool. Maybe we could start selling them as open source hardware.
David: So we just put it out there to help other people get started who actually have a shot at world domination? Nice.
Hello, I’m Designer Dustin Andrews. You may remember me from the Kickstarter project ExtraCore (Arduino Compatible) where I offered a cheaper, smaller way to embed Arduino into your projects.
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Robotic Minion Starter Kit (Arduino Compatible) is my new open source hardware project in collaboration with my brother David Andrews. Robotic Minion has a USB port just like your development board. The Arduino IDE treats is just like an Arduino UNO. But it’s not just some UNO clone. I added a bunch of extra goodies. This board could get you 60% of the way done with your next micro-controller project right out of the box.
- Built in, tested 16×2 LCD screen
- Rotary Encoder for input
- Buzzer for alerts and really tinny sounding music
- Power LED
- Digital Pin 13 LED
- Built in USB port
- Battery friendly Switching power regulator
- Barrel connector for DC power (standard 5-12v wall adapters)
- David Andrews LCD Menu Software for Arduino for super easy menus
- Timer/Clock/Stopwatch example code
- 9 I/O & 2 analog-input pins with spring connectors
- Creative Commons CC-BY license
- Truly Open Source hardware means all the Eagle files, Gerber Files, parts lists and detailed instructions (Instructable coming!) you need to build your own.
- Package you can quickly program and add a few of your own electronics to easily make projects for your friends or even resale
- Based on the proven ExtraCore board
If you look at Arduino projects on Instructables you’ll see that a ton of them start with an LCD screen and some kind of controls. We love all the cool projects but soldering and testing a new LCD and controls for each is a hassle. Robotic Minion takes care of the basics and you can dig right in on the cool parts of your ideas.
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Project Code Name formerly “Red Soul 16×2″ in case you wonder where that went or why Github directories have the names they do.