Here are pictures of the Hobbyduino Mini boot-loader ISP Plug. This plug (or shield if you like) can be used to burn the Arduino boot-loader onto blank ATMega328 or ATMega168 chips. In essence, this plug is a minimalist AVR ISP programmer. Go here for the gallery.
The Hobbyduino Mini allows for shields (or plugs as I call them) to be attached in somewhat the same way as the Arduino. As such, I would like to present one of the first shields developed for the Hobbyduino Mini called the Hobbyduino Mini boot-loader ISP Plug. This plug (or shield if you like) can be used to burn the Arduino boot-loader onto blank ATMega328 or ATMega168 chips. In essence, this plug is a minimalist AVR ISP programmer. Go here for the project.
It’s been a while since I actually made a post to my blog. That does not mean I got lazy and forgot all about the blog. I’ve been busy finishing some projects to post but, documentation is the most tedious job to do as you never want to put out garbage. I don’t particularly like to have to go back and edit a project after I have posted it so, I want to make sure that I fully test it before putting it out for others to see. I won’t make any promises but, I do plan to post content more regularly as it’ll also help me organize my projects a lot better than just keeping them stored in folders on my computer.
A little while ago a fellow robot builder that goes by the signature of ignoblegnome (IG) did a review for me on my version of a minimalist Arduino clone designed to be used for prototyping and finished projects. The board design allows the Hobbyduino Mini to be used on a breadboard by soldering pin headers to the I/O sockets or in a finished project by attaching wires. IG also passed along some great suggestions for future versions. I took the suggestions he made and modified the original design. Go here and check out the 3rd revision of the Hobbyduino Mini.