July 19, 2007
The Crazy

STK500 AVR microcontroller programmer and development board
My new STK500 microcontroller development board.

This business of making little machines that interact with the physical world is addicting. I can feel the crazy coming on, and I like it.

Posted by jjwiseman at July 19, 2007 06:13 PM

I like that photo. Did you take it yourself? If so, dish on all the geeky technical details, willya.

Posted by: me on July 19, 2007 06:27 PM

nice, nice LEDs. and the picture is great. love the focus up front and gradual blur of the components in the background. good job. looks like fun. what is it, btw?


Posted by: fernando in south austin on July 20, 2007 06:52 AM

Dude, do NOT take that thing to Boston

Posted by: cody on July 20, 2007 03:37 PM

Yes, I took that photo. Thanks.

It's a development & programming board for Atmel AVR microprocessors. You plug the microprocessor CPU into a socket, plug the serial cable into your PC, and you can upload code into the microprocessor.

It's also got a bunch of switches and LEDs that you can easily connect to the microcontroller's inputs & outputs to help test the software once you've uploaded it.

Posted by: John Wiseman on July 22, 2007 08:31 PM

Nice shot.
I like the AVR AT chips, good price/performance.
There are some really nice little 16/32 bit processors now that can run stuff like Linux now too. These are WAY good fun.
Imagine interacting with the world and also having a complete networking stack!!

Posted by: david creelman on July 22, 2007 09:04 PM

Is that "old man pube" on the board or just a shiv of plastic?

Posted by: cody on July 23, 2007 09:01 AM

Heh. I wondered when someone would mention that.

I think it's a cat hair.

Posted by: John Wiseman on July 23, 2007 09:07 AM

Nice. I still haven't migrated from the PIC to AVR, especially since the AVR has a lot more opensource tools for development than the PIC has (like gcc for example...)

Posted by: jon philpott on July 29, 2007 07:40 PM
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