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Lots of new stuff in the Maker store (and a special congrats to Rob!) – Here’s a fun little open source soldering kit that provides an introduction to the capabilities of microcontrollers. The readerboard spells out preprogrammed messages such as “MAKE” one letter at a time on its alphanumeric LED display.

The LED Micro-Readerboard, designed by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, is a fun little open source soldering kit that provides an introduction to the capabilities of microcontrollers. The readerboard spells out preprogrammed messages such as “MAKE,” or “HELLO WORLD,” one letter at a time on its alphanumeric LED display. Fifteen phrases are included and holiday messages can be optional enabled as well– for use as a holiday ornament. The kit comes complete with easy, comic book style instructions and a pre- programmed microcontroller. No programming is needed, but source code is available in case you want to hack it.

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Assembly is easy with comic book style instructions. Printed instructions are included with kits, but you can also download the instructions here – Link (PDF).

  • LED Micro-Readerboard, version 2.0 – Link.
  • LED Micro-Readerboard, version 2.0: FAQ File – Link.
  • LED Micro-Readerboard, version 2.0: Technical Data – Link.

Get one now @ the Maker store!
LED Micro-Readerboard kit ($15) – Link.


  • paulsw

    Wow, I’m really feeling the maker love right now. What a great project. Cool instructions, cool ‘dead bug’ style construction. Open source. Generally awesome. I’ve just got started with Arduino, but I can see myself making the transition to ATtiny microcontrollers pretty quickly, thanks to wonderful people like Evil Mad Scientist Labs and Lady Ada.