Why am I covering Arduino Here?
I have some exciting projects coming up that involve Arduino and BlackBerry and in order to make those happen, I need to help show you how Arduino works first!
About the Kit:
For those of you who know me, I recently ordered a large shipment of PCB boards from a company some of you may have heard called SparkFun. Besides getting a whole bunch of cool boards, I made one additional unnecessary purchase: A DIY Digital Oscilloscope Kit.
See the assembly video here.
My rating: Medium Difficulty - Not for Beginners, and 5/5 for Fun!
Parts & Tools:
The unit comes as a cohesive kit - meaning it is a single purchase of 80 dollars plus shipping. But there are some parts you need to know about and some tools you will need to build this thing.
- 12V Power Supply - I get mine on eBay for a few dollars (I buy a LOT of power supplies).
- Multimeter (for testing step # 9)
- A screw driver (for case assembly and regulator)
- A soldering iron with a fine tip
- Some solder
- A set of cutters
- And its nice to have some pointy head pliers for the regulator bending and holding hot things
It looks to be a resale of products from another company called jyetech, where all the instructions and information provided are from jyetech themselves.
Full assembly only took around 1 hour and 15 minutes. It was fairly straightforward, but the instructions are not clear in a few areas. Additionally, some of the instructions are open to interpretation, and would be difficult for new users.
How I assembled it:
If you need extra information on assembly, please follow here.
The important items they didnt make clear in the instructions that you may need reference on:
- The header for programming needs to point towards you (up in the air).
- The strange rubber thing that looks like a capacitor is actually the inductor.
It actually was pretty quick and painless to assemble. The finished project looks pretty cool, and some of the soldering points can be a little tight. It is a really good project for someone in the medium difficulty looking for a simple Oscilloscope and willing to get their hands dirty.
I'd rate this project 5/5 for fun alone. Plus, it looks pretty cool and actually serves a purpose.
My name is Lloyd Summers and I'm from Calgary Alberta, Canada.
I'm a part-time developer in the evenings, and a full time IT Consultant in the daytime, specializing in Project Management and Solution Design. I focus on all kinds of hardware, software and opensource development.
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