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Make: MintDuino

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  • Powered via USB connection or external power supply - with power source selected automatically
  • Operates on an external supply of 6-20V (7-12V recommended)
  • 16 analog inputs, each of which provides 10 bits of resolution (i.e. 1024 different values)
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Product Summary

A learning experience.

The Make: MintDuino is perfect for anyone interested in learning or teaching the fundamentals of how microcontrollers work. Inspired by Arduino co-creator 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 via an FTDI programmer (not included) and the Arduino IDE.

  • MintDuino demonstrates the specific relationship between the wires, resistors, capacitors and ICs
  • All components packed in a compact Mintronics "mint" tin (mints not included)
  • Access relevant project content, tips/hacks and a community of other makers with whom to engage
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Make: MintDuino
 
2.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SO WORTH IT

      By WILLYBOIELECTRO

      from Fresno,CA

      About Me Power User

      Pros

      • Consistent Performance
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Make: MintDuino:

          To all the people crying about this not having instructions. IT is made by MAKE: SO GO TO MAKEZINE.com ALL ARDUINO AND ATMEL ICS ARE VERY WELL DOCUMENTED Arduino.com too! There is even example codes to upload!!!!!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          Works as described and expected

          By jayduey

          from Illinois

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Consistent Performance
          • Small
          • Versatile
          • Works

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hobbyist

            Comments about Make: MintDuino:

            It works exactly as described. Everyone complains about the lack of an FTDI prorammer, but if you read the description, it states that it is not included.
            You do not need much experice to get started, though I would recommend an arduino UNO or micro first, as they are about the same price if you buy an FTDI chip (which are about $10-$20), and come compleatley assembled and tested.
            Arduino itself is very useful, and I like that this one can be put into projects without wasting a whole arduino.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Excellent beginning for a larger project

            By Geoff

            from Lowell, MA

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Performance
            • Good Length
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                If you have in mind something more complex but don't wish to use a full Arduino for reasons of cost or size, this is for you. You get A-D, D-A, sequencing of logic all in this kit. You can program the chip with FTDI as others mention or on an Arduino Uno (replaceable chip type), swapping its chip for this one. Instructions online for using the USB capabilities of an Arduino board to program this as well.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Built it,but lost!!! Now what??

                By kbel10

                from Anchorage, AK

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Works

                Cons

                • No Instructions

                Best Uses

                • No use
                • Unknown

                Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                I bought it because it was on clearance and looked like a fun project to do with my kids. First off there were no instructions and the ones that we found were hard for my 13 and 17 year old to follow and understand what and why the parts were being placed on the board as they were. We finally got it built and working (only way we knew it was working was because there was mention of the blinking led to know that it was setup correctly. Now that we have it built and presumably working correctly, we have no ideal what to do whit it. We searched for some projects to do with it but everything that we find just tells us about how the kit doesnt work as it should. If anyone has suggestions of where we can go to get some projects to do with this kit please post. With that said, I would have to rate this kit low for the lack of instructions and listing of projects to use with the kit. I would not recommend this to a novice or kids and would not purchase another kit like this. thanks

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Batteries not included

                By bunderbunder

                from Milwaukee, WI

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fun To Assemble
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Incompatible
                • Missing Instructions

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                  Get on your Googling hat, because assembly instructions are not included in the box. Instead, what you get is a card telling you that the instructions can be found at a page that no longer lists the instructions. You should be able to dig them up with a quick web search, though.

                  Also note that what's in the box is NOT everything you need to experiment with microcontrollers. Programming the unit requires an FTDI adapter, which Radio Shack does not seem to carry. You'll also need to bring your own Arduino know-how to be able to do anything with it, as the instruction sheet (which, again, is not in the box) neglects to even provide any hints about how to program an Arduino.

                  Overall I like what's in the box, but I have to rate it low because the packaging's suggestion that this would be a good kit for beginners couldn't be further from the truth. If you are a beginner, don't cheap out - get one of the more expensive kits that really does contain everything you need instead.

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Does not include required kit.

                  By N. Kennedy

                  from Vancouver, Wa

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Doesn't Include Programer
                    • Must Purchaseinstructions

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                      This kit does not include instructions, you must pay for them. You can find them on google.

                      It also does not include an adapter necisary to program it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      fun little box

                      By VW

                      from Rochester, NY

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy

                      Cons

                      • No Programmer

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                        Fun little project till you get to the programming part, that's when you need an FTDI USB bridge to connect to a PC. If you have one, good, if not the project stops here and you got a pretty blinking LED. I got some converters but it would be nice if RadioShack sells the FTDI Friend too. The cables you get with the tin can are a little short, an extra inch would make it easier. Maybe a little speaker or something what makes it more fun when assembled would help, a blinking light can be build much cheaper. Overall a need idea and good to get started with microcontrollers. I give it only 2 stars because of the missing part to make it work as it says on the tin and the single blinking LED.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Learning Kit, but with a Caveat

                        By Rick

                        from Roanoke, VA

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Way To Learn

                        Cons

                        • No Ftdi Programmer

                        Best Uses

                        • Learning electronics

                        Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                        An FTDI programmer is required to upload code to the MintDuino. Also, you will need to download the instructions online.

                        Otherwise, this is a great little kit to get a better understanding of how the Arduino is put together. It's easy to assemble in an hour or two.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        free from arduino board

                        By RObot

                        from Glenview, IL

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • No Computer Interface
                        • No Ftdi

                        Best Uses

                        • Interface Without Board

                        Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                        Out of the box it does not contain a FTDI programmer which enables you to program the Atmel 328 processor. You would need to purchase it at Make website or use an arduino board to upload code. Great way to learn the arduino board layout and make your arduino projects smaller. The clear breadboard is awesome.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Beware - Not enough info on the box!

                        By V.

                        from Griffin, GA

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Nice packaging inside

                        Cons

                        • Extras req'd - not listed
                        • Info on box misleading

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Make: MintDuino:

                          This was purchased at my local Radio Shack. The idea here is great! And I love the packaging inside - it packs a lot into a small space. BUT - the only instructions send you to a web site at MakerSHED. And true enough, if you look hard enough you will find instructions to build it. BUT what the box does not say is you CANNOT PROGRAM IT WITH WHAT COMES IN THE BOX! Even though the back says 'Easily programmable from almost any computer.' The instructions provide no links to the next step (how to get the thing programmed), but they are happy to sell you the part that was not in the box (an FTDI interface). Also, the image on the box does not represent the contents. That is no big deal, really, in that what was in the box was quite good as long as you already know what you are doing. This is less a Radio Shack problem and more a MakerSHED issue. It appears they are selling these so they can get you to their web site to sell you more. Radio Shack should insist they correct the box labeling to be clearer or stop providing them this outlet. If you had bought it off the MakerSHED site you would have clearly seen the fact you needed more than just the components in the tin.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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