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The MintDuino Game Pack provides a fun and informative way to learn about the world of Arduino compatible microcontrollers. This exclusive kit combines the Mintronics: MintDuino, Mintronics: Survival Pack, and the MintDuino book to give you all the necessary parts and instructions to create your very own 2-player reaction game. Even if you’ve never dabbled in electronics have no idea how to program, the MintDuino Game Pack will give you a firm foundation with Arduino and the confidence and ability to create your very own projects.

Using the book as your guide and the included components you will:

  • Build the Mintduino and see first hand the relationship between the wires, capacitors, resistors and integrated circuits that come together to create an Arduino compatible microcontroller.
  • Learn how how to create basic circuits and program your microcontroller to blink an LED.
  • Discover how to use of the random() function to blink the LED unpredictably.
  • Interact with your MintDuino by using buttons as inputs.
  • Combine your skills to build a two player reaction based game you can play with your friends!
Features
  • (1) MintDuino Maker Press book by James Kelly & Marc de Vinck
  • (1) Mintronics: Survival Pack
  • (1) Mintronics: MintDuino
  • (1) FTDI Friend
  • (1) Deluxe Jumper wire pack
  • (1) 1/2 size Breadboard
  • (1) USB cable
  • Requires 9V battery

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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Everything you need...except complete instructions February 4, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Omaha, NE United States  
I was able to follow everything to build the game as advertised, but they gloss over how to install the arduino IDE.

First you need to install the ftdi drivers here:
http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm

Then you need to set the ardruino ide to use board

"Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega328"

And port USB Serial Port (COM3), or whatever COM port comes up after you install the drivers.

Also, I think a real schematic would be helpful.   I appreciated the written word instructions very much, but if a wire falls out, it's difficult to troubleshoot because you have to go back & scan through the paragraphs to find out where it goes.   If there were a schematic, you could use that as a reference of the big picture.  

Over all I liked it.   My first "duino" project, very enlightening.

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Programming Troubles? October 18, 2012
Reviewer: Joseph Colburn from Salisbury, MD United States  
The book tells you nothing in regards to setting up the Arduino IDE to upload your sketch.  You'll need to set the board to "Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega328" for it to program.  Otherwise it will fail and the only error you'll get is "programmer is not responding".  Have fun!

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