We currently have 3 soldering kits that would make excellent Christmas gifts for a maker or electronics enthusiast.
At $10 we have the Christmas Soldering Kit. A fun little soldering project for Arduino or Raspberry Pi that you can finish in an hour.
For a little less, at $6, we have the Serial Adaptor Kit for LCD displays. This kit allows you to connect an LCD to your microcontroller project through a serial port, so instead of using 6 to 10 pins for the LCD you need only one or two. This kit works with Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards.
Finally, we have the Face! A soldering kit we have been selling for years. It listens to noises in the room. If it hears something it opens its eyes and looks at it. Put the Face on a table between you and a friend and it will follow your conversation with its eyes. The Face kit is fully self contained with it’s own controller for $31.99.
We’re working on lots more kits. We let you know here when they are released.
Our first crowd-funding campaign was for the Serial LCD Adaptor kits. The product page in the AusThai Shop gives you some of the details on the operation of the kit. We thought it would be useful to give a general overview of how you might use the kit.
The obvious advantage has been stated a few times now. The number of pins you will use on your microcontroller is greatly reduced. The Serial LCD Adaptor works with three types of serial link and has two operating modes to give you maximum flexibility. Continue reading Using the Serial LCD Adaptor for LCDs→
We are in the final stages of preparing a Christmas soldering project. Here is a video of the prototype board.
This prototype is running on one of our own Freescale controller boards but the soldering kit will be designed to plug into an Arduino or Raspberry Pi. (If you don’t have one of these we can supply a pre-programmed controller.)
When you wave your hand over the photo sensor on the top of the board the light level drops. When the program senses this drop in light level it starts the music IC and runs a little light show.
The project can be soldered in under an hour and the program will take a few minutes. Something to impress your friends with at Christmas.
We are planning to run this as our second crowd-funding campaign starting in the next few days. Check back here for the details.
Here is just one possible application of the Serial LCD Adaptor kit. Using a raspberry Pi and just four wires you can create a headless web server. In this example we use the LCD to display the server status without the need for a HDMI display.
The possibilities for this serial adaptor are endless. We are currently crowdfunding this project. Head over and take a look.
There is a lot of interest in alternative energy these days. We think there is an interest out there in solar power projects. We are planning projects that range from the very basic hobby kit to experiment with solar power through to larger practical solar energy solutions. We’re not thinking big ‘power the whole house’ solutions. There are lots of those around already. We are aiming more at projects that will light up the patio at night or keep my phone charged for free.
We’ll update you on the progress of this as it happens.
This project is intended for our collection of easy soldering kits.
It will be a medium sized board with 42 dual colour LEDs arranged in the usual Connect-4 pattern. There will be seven small buttons arranged below the LEDs, one for each column. There will be an additional LED to indicate whose turn is next. A long press on any button will clear the screen for a new game. A second long press will select one of three modes. Mode 1 will be one human player against the machine, human goes first, mode 2 will be one human player against the machine, machine goes first and mode 3 will be two human players.
We are looking at the algorithm for the machine player on this one. It is not a well known algorithm like the one we will use in the Tic-Tac-Toe project. Any algorithm geniuses out there want to make suggestions?