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In this episode of “Projects with Ryan Slaugh” I highlight using the Arduino Mini with the FTDI Friend. Normally, using an Arduino is as simple as plug and play into your USB. With the Mini, however, you need to use the FTDI Friend.

The Friend itself is a simple device that converts USB to serial that can then program the Mini. Using the Mini in your smaller projects is great and having the ability to easily program it with the Friend is even better. In this project, I will start with the simple hardware version of “Hello World”: the blinking LED.  Then I add some more LEDs and a touch control for a bit of I/O exercising.

The code for this project can be found here.

See the full series here.

Ryan Slaugh

Ryan Slaugh is a hardware and software engineer with over 15 years of experience designing and building different systems. While he has a few college degrees, his best training came from growing up on a farm and working with his father who was also an electrician. Ryan works regularly with woodworking, metal work, electronics, and software. Ryan also has a love of tools and collects as many as he can.


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