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The Minty Boost Kit is a super first soldering project. It’s perfect for beginners because its got just a few parts and is something that’s practical. People who have had a lot of experience with soldering will be able to whip this up in no time flat. I’ve made two. The first one took me about an hour to make and the second one took me about half an hour. When I had a power outage this week, I charged my cellphone with this great gadget!

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Make sure to download the pdf to see how I casemodded a dinosaur to make the “Minty-Saur.”

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Then I made up the Daisy mp3 player which is an open source mp3 player that takes sd cards packed with my favorite music. When you’ve got the daisy all made up, it’s time to find a case.

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I scoured Boeing Surplus and Goodwill and finally settled on a laser tag case, thus making this the Laser Daisy. Some of my other options were a seismometer, a child’s tape player and a robot.

Watch the video and make sure to download the 10 page pdf to get all the juicy details on how to make your own Minty Boost and Daisy mp3 player and then slap them into custom cases for fun! Or subscribe in itunes and it will be downloaded automatically for you! – PDF Link


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  1. JoshPDX says:

    Wow. Simple, yet extremely awesome.

    You’ve gotta be the only kid on the block with a dinosaur that charges stuff.

    and a lazer tag thing that plays music.

  2. RussNelson says:

    I must note that the compiler for the supplied source code is not open source. IMHO, the choice of the PIC was short-sighted. The MSP430 has a GCC port and would have been a better choice.

  3. philliptorrone says:

    RussNelson – you posted this comment on another post and responded there. here is is, again.

    >>>>
    RussNelson – msp430s are really good, but they’re new – so people haven’t used them as much (i’m not sure if there is a DIP version?). they are becoming more popular – future versions of other stuff we do (or our kit makers do) might support it.

    as far as the complier there is a free complier (but i think it’s wonky, raphael, our kit maker can tell you more about this, just’em teuthis.com is the site). in general the PIC compiler situation is sorta weird.

    we hope to bring lots of open source hardware projects and we’ll always do the best we can to improve, but sometimes, as you probably know with electronics there are a lot of compromises…

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