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Product Code: MSTIN3

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The Mintronics: MintDuino is the newest product in our Mintronics series of kits. It’s perfect for anyone interested in learning, or teaching, the fundamentals of how microcontrollers work. Inspired by Tom Igoe’s Arduino tutorials, the MintDuino will have you building your very own ATmega based microcontroller from scratch on a breadboard. Afterwards, you can easily program it from almost any computer with an FTDI programmer (not included) and the Arduino IDE. (download for free)

Unlike pre-built microcontrollers, the MintDuino demonstrates the specific relationship between the wires, resistors, capacitors, and integrated circuits that enables you to program the microcontroller from your computer. After building the MintDuino, you’ll have a much better understanding of how micro controllers work, and how electronics can interact with the physical world.

Check out the new Mintduino Book available here!

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  • (1) ATmega328P (with Arduino bootloader)
  • (1) Mint Tin
  • (1) 1/2 size breadboard
  • (1) 7805 Voltage regulator
  • (1) 5mm LED Green
  • (1) 5mm LED Red
  • (2) 220 Ohm resistors
  • (1) 10k Ohm resistor
  • (2) 10 uF capacitors
  • (1) .1uF capacitor (100nF)
  • (1) 16 MHz clock crystal
  • (2) 22 pF capacitors
  • (1) Momentary normally open button
  • (1) 6-pin male header
  • (1) 9V battery clip with leads
  • (3) 8" - 22 AWG solid core wire

Average Customer Review: 2.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 17 Write a review.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Great Kit! January 21, 2014
Reviewer: Matt Baker from Columbia, KY United States  
I read some reviews that were bad, I disagree.

There is an assembly tutorial in the details section of the product. Also as another reviewer posted if you're ready to build your own Arduino board you'd know where to find resources and instructions. You don't have to buy the FTDI to program this if you have an Arduino already, it can function as an FTDI/ICSP.

Keep up the good work guys and girls!

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Missing V. Regulator, but fun project. November 18, 2013
Reviewer: Michael Fasig from Lancaster, PA United States  
I get where most of the reviewers are coming from, the lack of instructions, no mention of needing another product to program and so on.
But overall this is a fun little project that actually has great instructions to put it all together, you just have to go online to find them. And let's be honest, if you're making a micro controller then you really should be able to handle a web search for instructions!
My ONLY complaint, mine was missing the voltage regulator, a $2 part at radio shack. Luckily I had one in my parts bin. But yeah, that needs to be addressed.
So if you're in the market to make your own arduino clone, you can't go wrong with this one.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
False Advertisement - poor quality control October 12, 2013
Reviewer: Justin Landry from Prairieville, LA United States  
today i went to my local radio shack just to get one of these. got home and was greatly let down in the quality

the description clearly states 5mm leds - wrong - 3mm!

no voltage regulator in my box - oh boy - i'm glad i had one in my vast assortment of components i keep on hand

the breadboard - the power/ground rails do not properly snap to the breadboard - never going to use this

the wire that is included is twisted together so tight that they are unusable

if this is my first impression of maker shed products, it is guaranteed that i will never purchase anything  with their label again - i purchased this kit for the simplicity of the bootloaded 328 and all the like components to make the diy controller board - i could have purchased  a complete kit from ebay for far less money and would have been more satisfied.

bottom line - do not waste your money on this kit

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Falsely advertised June 8, 2013
Reviewer: Jason from New Cumberland, PA United States  
The kit does not come with instructions or hardware needed to program the device. I was disappointed and returned it to Radio Shack promptly.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Packaging needs work. May 29, 2013
Reviewer: Seg from Union City, CA United States  
I bought one of these at Radio Shack. Yes, as others have pointed out the retail packaging needs some work.

Mine has the incorrect "survival pack" photo on it.

There is no indication on the outside of the SEALED tin that you need an FTDI. Luckily I already had one. This should really be mentioned on the outside of the tin.

No, this kit is not a good choice for a total Arduino beginner. There should probably be some "Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced" branding on the tin to eliminate confusion.

I bought it expecting a more "advanced" kit and that's what I got. Personally I'm satisfied with it, and I'm currently working on rebuilding it on to a perfboard for better durability. And free up the breadboard...

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