[Noisebridge-discuss] [sudo-discuss] atmega32u4 arduino leonardo clones for $5 including shipping - set up a kid!

Jake jake at spaz.org
Wed Dec 11 22:09:53 UTC 2013

well it's hard to say if they're from the same factory, but i certainly 
have four here that came in last month and they seem to work fine.

as for your ethernet shield, i'm sorry it didn't work out but i would be 
curious what was wrong with it.. and those things can be sort of hard to 
configure so how sure are you that there was something wrong with it?

anyway I think the risk is worth it, considering the price.  Any factory 
is going to make bunk parts and i'm glad that China ships the bad ones 
instead of throwing them in the trash - at least you can put them in the 
hack pile and do something with them later.

if you get defective parts, you just tell them and they ship you 
replacement ones immediately, no questions asked and no need to ship the 
old one back.


On Wed, 11 Dec 2013, Gregg Horton wrote:

> have you tried out these arduino clones? i remember getting burned buying a bootleg ethernet shield once. 
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>       for less than the price of a fancy cup of coffee, you can rescue a child from the boredom of not having their very own microcontroller to program.
>       http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313&_nkw=atmega32u4&_sacat=0&_from=R40
>       while you're shopping for all the kiddies on your list, get a spool of addressable LEDs for just 27 cents per light - and cut the spool into pieces whose length corresponds to how
>       much you care about each recipient.
>       http://www.ebay.com/itm/WS2812B-WS2811-RGB-LED-Strip-5M-150-300-Leds-60LED-M-Individual-Addressable-5V-/231105154168?pt=US_String_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=&hash=item35cef0cc78
>       and of course they will need a way to power the thing while they're wearing it, so don't forget a rechargable USB battery pack for only $2.53
>       http://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-Mobile-Power-Bank-USB-18650-Battery-Charger-Key-Chain-for-iPhone-MP3-/370952498512?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item565e7ded50
>       don't forget micro USB cables: (short or long)
>       http://www.ebay.com/itm/10CM-USB-2-0-A-to-Micro-B-Data-Sync-Charge-Cable-Cord-For-Cellphone-PC-Laptop-TE-/121199903418?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item1c3813c2ba
>       http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-USB-2-0-Male-A-to-Data-Charger-Cable-Android-MID-Amazon-Kindle-fire-4-TE-/121199914955?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&var=&hash=item1c3813efcb
>       and here's the source to get it to do POV with one color:
>       https://github.com/jerkey/pov_ws2811
>       maybe someone will make a color POV for it?
>       http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/08/08/coming-soon-minipov-rgb-led/
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